Dangerous Goods

About Dangerous Goods

Transport of dangerous goods needs to be regulated in order to prevent, as far as possible, accidents to persons or property and damage to the environment, the means of transport employed or to other goods. However, with different regulations in every country and for different modes of transport, international trade in chemicals and dangerous products would be seriously impeded, if not made impossible and unsafe. Moreover, dangerous goods are also subject to other kinds of regulations, e.g. work safety regulations, consumer protection regulations, storage regulations, environment protection regulations.

In order to ensure consistency between all these regulatory systems, the United Nations has developed mechanisms for the harmonization of hazard classification criteria and hazard communication tools (GHS) as well as for transport conditions for all modes for transport (TDG). In addition, the UNECE administers regional agreements that ensure the effective implementation of these mechanisms as far as transport of dangerous goods by road, rail and inland waterways is concerned.

Latest news

28 August 2015
ADR - Multilateral agreements - M285

26 August 2015
ADR - Country information - Netherlands - Notification in accordance with 1.9.4 (revised) 

25 August 2015
ADR - Country information - Serbia - Update of the contact details of the Competent Authority 

7 August 2015
ADR - Country information - Netherlands - Notifications in accordance with 1.9.4 (transport restrictions) and 1.9.5 (tunnels)
ADR - Multilateral agreements - Update (M284)

4 August 2015
ADR - Instructions in writing - Instructions applicable as from 1 January 2015 (Serbian version)
ADR - Country information - United Kingdom - Update of the contact details and recognized technical codes 
ADR - Multilateral agreements - Update (M281)

30 July 2015
GHS Rev.6 is now available (hardcopy) in English and in French.

29 July 2015
ADR - Multilateral agreements - M273, M284

15 July 2015
ADR - Instructions in writing - Instructions applicable as from 1 January 2015 (Lithuanian version)
ADR - Multilateral agreements - Update (M287)

8 July 2015
ADR - Instructions in writing - Instructions applicable as from 1 January 2015 (Hungarian version)

30 June 2015
ADR - Instructions in writing - Instructions applicable as from 1 January 2015 (Finnish and Polish versions)
ADR - Country information - Italy - Recognized technical code 

10 June 2015
ADR - Multilateral agreements - M284

29 April 2015
GHS implementation update: Canada

22 December 2014
GHS: Guidance for the application of GHS criteria to ores and concentrates for marine transport

3 December 2014
GHS Rev.5 - Chinese version available online

Legal news

ADR: Acceptance of corrections - Depositary notification CN.445.2015-Treaties
ADR: Multilateral agreements - Update (M284)

ADR: Proposals of corrections to annexes A and B as amended Depositary notification CN.371.2015-Treaties and Proposals of amendments by Portugal to annexes A and B as amended - Depositary notification CN.354.2015-Treaties

ADR: Acceptance of corrections - Depositary notification CN.158.2015-Treaties

ADR: Proposals of corrections to annexes A and B as amended - Depositary notification CN.756.2014-Treaties

ADR: Acceptance of amendments to annexes A and B as amended - Depositary notification CN.664.2014-Treaties

ADR: Proposals of amendments by Portugal to annexes A and B as amended - Depositary notification CN.488.2014-Treaties