The way of working of the RSK is regulated by a Statute that has been announced publicly (Federal Gazette 1999, Page 201) and supported by a General Secretariat established at the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS).
The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) requests the Commission for advice. The Commission may also address topics for advice on its own.
In agreement with the chairman of the Commission, the BMU may issue a request on advice from a committee or working group of the RSK if the subject matter solely falls within the competence of this committee or this working group and its significance does not require a discussion within the Commission.
As result of their meetings, the commission passes technical-scientific recommendations or statements that are submitted to the BMU. The Commission does not make any legal assessments. Recommendations or statements have to be substantiated in a comprehensible manner. This comprises a clear description of the objects under consideration, the fact-finding basis and substantiation of the conclusions derived from it.
The recommendations and statements of the Commission are submitted to the competent Land authority for their attention and made available to the public on the Internet. The BMU may publish them in the Federal Gazette.
The meetings of the RSK, its committees and working groups are not open to the public. Representatives of the BMU and the General Secretariat participate in all meetings. Representatives of the competent Land authority may participate in all meetings. Representatives of the groups concerned, as e. g. authorised experts, plant operators and objectors, may participate in certain parts of the meeting where the issues are dealt with by which they are affected; specifications on it are laid down in the Statute.