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„It is wrong to think that the task of physics is to find out how nature is. Physics concerns what we can say about nature.“ (Niels Bohr: „Atomic Theory and the Description of Nature“, 1931)

Accredited Radiunuclide Laboratory and Radiation Safety Consultants

For 25 years IAF has been measuring natural and artificial radionuclides and offering advice on radiation protection. We work in many areas, including but not limited to the following:

Since 2005 our laboratory has been accredited according to ISO EN DIN 17025:2005. It is notified by the Saxon Ministry for Social Affairs and Consumer Protection and is an officially listed test laboratory for drinking water according to Art. 15 (4) of the Drinking Water Ordinance of Germany. Our customers include companies, governmental authorities and private clients.

IAF’s services go beyond the determination of radionuclides. They comprise scientific interpretation of the test results, explaining their practical relevance and complexity to our clients if so requested. Our laboratory results and consulting are of uncompromised quality. Our sample logistics is highly flexible and allows our customers to deliver samples at virtually any time day and night, and at weekends. Even during times of high workload we have opportunities to reduce the turnaround time of urgent samples according to our customers’ requirements.

In the field of radon measurements IAF prides itself of an impressive equipment fleet including a large number of dynamic radon monitors. IAF is one of the few companies that are accredited for indoor radon measurements. This not only makes IAF an ideal partner for radon investigations in buildings but also as the preferred advisor for radon protection and mitigation in existing and new buildings.

Collaboration in national and international networks (e.g., Radiation Protection Association of Germany and Switzerland, IAEA Environet/NORM, IAEA CGULS), involvement in R&D projects and work in technical committees ensure the continued training and professional development of our staff members. For example, IAF is founding member of the European NORM Association (ENA) that has been formed by merging the European ALARA Network for NORM (EANNORM, founded by IAF) and EU NORM.

News, Events
IAF, with WISUTEC and other European companies, is involved in the environmental impact study and the planning of remediation measures in Mailuu Suu (Kyrgyzstan). The project is financed by the European Commission (INSC MC4.01/14).


The 5th European Congress of the International Radiation Protection Association (IPRA) will take place from the 4th to the 8th July 2018 in Den Haag (NL). Dr. Kunze of IAF will offer a refresher course on "Environmental Remediation: From Site Characterisation to the End State". IAF and BfS will also give a joint presentation on "Discharges from NORM industries in Germany: estimate of doses to members of the public".


The project TRANSPOND (Transboundary Pollution after Natural Disasters: Monitoring and Information System for Radioactive Pollution) is implemented by IAF-Radioökologie, WISUTEC and the University of Applied Sciences Magdeburg-Stendal; IAF ist the consortium leader. The project is financially supported by the CLIENT II Programme of the German Ministry of Education and Research (FKZ 03G0879A). More information is available from https://portale.wisutec.de/transpond. An interview on TRANSPOND, its background and objectives, can be found here. You can also follow the project on Twitter and Facebook.


IAF, in collaboration with Argonne National Laboratory (USA) has developed the IAEA e-learning course "Planning for Environmental Remediation", Module 4: "End State and Future Use Determination" (registration required).


IAF has been awarded the R&D project "Verification of air tightness measurements as a proxy for radon tightness of newbuilds" by the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS). The objective of the project is to verify the practical applicability of the so-called blower door method for the assessment of the radon situation in buildings and to lay the scientific foundations for the practical application of the method.


IAF is involved in a leading position in the project "Regulatory regime for nuclear safety and enhancing radiation safety and nuclear safeguards in Mongolia (MN3.01/12)" that is funded by the European Commission under the INSC (Instrument for Nuclear Safety Cooperation) programme. Dr. Kunze of IAF is the Technical Team Leader of the project.


The 9th EANNORM Workshop will be held in December 2018 at the Central Mining Institute of Katowice, Poland. Further information is available here.


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