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

18 January 2018
ADR - Multilateral agreements (M303, M305, M306)

10 January 2018
ADR - Country information update (Turkey: Main competent authority and other competent authorities)

5 January 2018
ADR - Country information update (Serbia: Main competent authority)

10 October 2017

Orange Book Rev.20 (Model Regulations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods) available online in English, French and Spanish

6 October 2017
GHS Rev.7: online presentations available in English and French 

15 August 2017

GHS Rev.7: Available online in English and French

7 July 2017
(GHS Rev.7): hardcopies available in English and in French

20 June 2017
ADN - Corrigendum (Corr.1) to ADN 2017 available

19 June 2017
Publication - United Nations Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods, Model Regulations, 20th Revised edition - hardcopies available in English and in French