The legal bases are Article 71 of the Swiss Federal Nuclear Energy Act (SR 732.1) and the Ordinance on the Nuclear Safety Commission (NSC Ordinance, SR 732.16).
The NSC is a permanent administrative commission, which comprises five to seven part-time members who are specialists in areas of science and technology that are of importance to nuclear safety.
The duties of the NSC are described in detail in Articles 2 to 5 of the Ordinance on the Federal Nuclear Safety Commission (NSC Ordinance), and encompass the following main activities:
The NSC submits an annual report on its activities to DETEC. Its annual reports are subsequently published.