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Dangerous Goods

Introduction

Dangerous goods are subject to transport, workplace, storage, consumer and environment protection regulations, to prevent accidents to persons, property or the environment, to other goods or to the means of transport employed. 

To ensure consistency between all these regulatory systems, the United Nations has developed mechanisms for the harmonization of hazard classification criteria and communication tools, and for transport conditions for all modes for transport. UNECE also administers regional agreements for effective implementation of these mechanisms for road, rail and inland waterways transport of dangerous goods.

In Focus

On 1 January 2021, the "European Agreement concerning the international carriage of dangerous goods by road (ADR)" will become the "Agreement concerning the international carriage of dangerous goods by road (ADR)".

A protocol of amendment to remove the word "European" from the title of the ADR was adopted by a Conference of the Parties to the Agreement on Monday 13 May 2019. All the information regarding the Conference and its outcome is available here.

By 30 November 2019, none of the Contracting Parties had communicated an objection to the Secretary-General. Consequently, the amendment to the title of the ADR is deemed accepted and shall enter into force for all the Contracting Parties on 1 January 2021.

See depositary notifications C.N.233.2019.TREATIES-XI.B.14 of 31 May 2019 and C.N.606.2019.TREATIES-XI.B.14 of 4 December 2019

 

Highlights

21 January 2020
ADR - Guidelines for the use of 5.4.0.2 (use of electronic data exchange)

20 January 2020
ADR - Multilateral agreement M318 countersigned by Latvia

14 January 2020
The updated guidance on the application of the GHS criteria to petroleum substances is now available online.

10 January 2020
Manual of Tests and Criteria (Rev.7): now available online in English and in French.

16 December 2019
ADR - Competent authority - Ireland (Update)

6 December 2019
ADR - Multilateral agreement M318 countersigned by Lithuania and Multilateral agreements M313, M318 and M320 countersigned by Denmark

21 November 2019
ADR - Competent authority - Republic of Moldova (Update)

18 November 2019
Accession of Malta to the Protocol amending article 1 (a), article 14 (1) and article 14 (3) (b) of ADR

16 October 2019

ADN - Notification of corrections to the Regulations annexed to ADN (C.N.492.2019.TREATIES-XI.D.6)

10 October 2019
GHS Rev.8: now available online in English and in French.

4 October 2019
Model Regulations: the 21st revised edition is now available online in English and in French.

14 January 2019

ADN - Notification of corrections to the Regulations annexed to ADN (C.N.636.2018.TREATIES-XI.D.6 and C.N.637.2018.TREATIES-XI.D.6)

13 December 2018
ADN - Acceptance of amendments to the Regulations annexed to ADN (C.N.583.2018.TREATIES-XI.D.6)