The Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) is in charge of protecting humans and the environment from ionising and non-ionising radiation and guaranteeing their safety. In the field of ionising radiation, the focus is for instance on radiation used in medicine in x-ray diagnosis, the safety of handling radioactive substances in nuclear engineering and the protection from increased natural radioactivity. The field of non-ionising radiation focusses inter alia on the protection from ultraviolet radiation and the radiation protection from mobile radio communications and the power grid.
The BfS works on technical scientific recommendations for the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety and supports the elaboration of legislation. The BfS conducts research, supervises research projects and remains in close dialogue at national and international level with other experts on the research findings related to radiation protection.