Dangerous Goods Regulations


The United Nations (UN) Recommendations and Model Regulations for the safe transport of dangerous goods, otherwise known as the UN Orange Book form the basis for Individual regulation governing the different modes of transport. Additional requirements specific to the mode of transport are incorporated within the modal regulations, set out below.

Carriage by road

The European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR).

ADR sets out the requirements for the classification, packaging, labelling and certification of dangerous goods. It also includes specific vehicle and tank requirements and other road specific operational requirements, such as driver training. 

Carriage by rail

Appendix C of the Convention Covering International Carriage by Rail - International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Rail. 

Transport by inland waterway

In the European Union, the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Inland Navigation (ADN).

Transport by sea

The International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) code is mainly mandatory, but some provisions of the code are recommendatory. 

Transport by air

The International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Technical Instructions are an internationally agreed set of provisions governing the requirements for transporting dangerous goods by air. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) publishes the Dangerous Goods Regulations in accordance with the ICAO technical instructions.

IATA provisions specific to air transportation of dangerous goods includes State (Country) and Operator (airline) variations and distinguishes between passenger and cargo aircraft in defining quantities that may be transported.

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Page published 11 July 2018