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Dangerous Goods


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