The Manual of Tests and Criteria contains criteria, test methods and procedures to be used for classification of dangerous goods according to the provisions of Parts 2 and 3 of the United Nations Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods, Model Regulations, as well as of chemicals presenting physical hazards according to the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). As a consequence, it supplements also national or international regulations which are derived from the United Nations Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods or the GHS.
Originally developed by the Economic and Social Council’s Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods which adopted a first version in 1984, it has been regularly updated and amended every two years. Presently, the updating is done under the auspices of the Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods and on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals, which replaces the original committee since 2001.
The amendments listed in Amendment 1 to the 5th revised edition of the Manual of Tests and Criteria, were adopted by the Committee at its fifth session (10 December 2010). This publication also include the corrections adopted by the Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous at its thirty-ninth session (20-24 June 2011). The amendments listed include: amendments to the procedure for assignment to a Division of Class 1; amendments to test series 7 for the classification as extremely insensitive explosive article; a test method for the classification of gases and gas mixtures as chemically unstable (new section 35); amendments to the procedures to be followed for the classification of lithium metal and lithium ion cells and batteries; amendments to the variations permitted for MEGCs design without additional testing; and a new appendix 8 detailing the response descriptors to be used for the purposes of Test series 7.
Published: October 2011
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