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Highly radioactive sources Registration

You must report the submission, acquisition, other whereabouts and leak tests of highly radioactive sources to the HRQ register.

In Germany, highly radioactive sources are used in industry and commerce, medicine, research and agriculture. Areas of application in industry are, for example, the calibration of measuring instruments. In medicine, radiation sources are used, among other things, in radiotherapy.

Since 2005, there have been legal regulations in Germany for the control of "highly radioactive radiation sources" (HRQ), i.e. radiation sources whose activity is so high that misuse can be associated with a high risk.

You must report the submission, acquisition, other retention and performance of leak tests of a highly radioactive radiation source to the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) via the HRQ register.

For the handling of radiation sources whose activity is below the value for highly radioactive sources, no notification to the HRQ register is required.

The HRQ register enables complete tracking of the whereabouts of highly radioactive sources within Germany. Registration takes place in secure electronic form via an Internet platform of the Federal Office for Radiation Protection.

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)

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