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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

In light of the current situation related to the coronavirus (COVID-19), some ADR contracting parties coordinated their efforts to prepare a multilateral agreement to compensate for the cancellation of refresher training sessions for ADR drivers and Dangerous Goods Safety Advisers in their countries. Another multilateral agreement was also prepared to allow delays for the periodic or intermediate inspections of tanks and extend the validity of vehicle certificates of approval.  Luxembourg initiated corresponding multilateral agreements M324 on 18 March 2020 and M325 on 19 March 2020

Along the same lines, on 27 March 2020, Germany initiated multilateral agreement M327 to allow delays for periodic or intermediate inspections of portable tanks and UN multiple-element gas containers (MEGCs) and France initiated multilateral agreement M326 for periodic inspection and test of pressure receptacles for the carriage of gases of Class 2.

Likewise, some ADN contracting parties prepared a multilateral agreement to compensate for the cancellation of refresher training sessions for Dangerous Goods Safety Advisers and ADN experts in their countries. The Netherlands initiated corresponding multilateral agreement M025 on 19 March 2020.

 

Highlights

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)".

18 May 2020
ADR - Competent authority - Italy - National implementation (updated)

5 May 2020
ADR - Competent authority - Slovakia - Other competent authorities (updated)

27 April 2020
Model Regulations - The 21st revised edition of the Model Regulations are now available online in Spanish

16 April 2020 - Multilateral agreement M328 on transport of hydro-alcoholic gels and solutions initiated by Luxembourg / see signatory countries

15 April 2020
ADR - Competent authorities - Update (Slovakia) (Corrected)
ADR - Competent authorities - Update (Spain)

14 April 2020
ADR - Belarus notified restrictions on movement of dangerous goods traffic during the COVID-19 epidemic

3 April 2020
ADR - Multilateral agreement M323 on carriage of cobalt dihydroxide in flexible intermediate bulk containers initiated by Belgium

GHS Rev.8 - now available online in Spanish

Manual of Tests and Criteria, Rev.7 - now available online in Spanish

2 April 2020
ADR - Competent authorities - Update (Slovakia)

27 March 2020
ADR - Multilateral agreements M326 initiated by France, M327 initiated by Germany / see signatory countries

19-20 March 2020
ADR - Multilateral agreements M324 and M325 initiated by Luxembourg / see signatory countries

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 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)