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2017-33 July 13, 2017 Report on 51st Session of the UN Sub-Committee Meeting, by Frits Wybenga, Now Available; Transport Canada Posts Harmonization Amendment to TDGR

By JHMT StaffJuly 13, 2017

The 51st session the United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (UNSCETDG) was held in Geneva, Switzerland from July 3 – 7, 2017 for its first session of the new biennium. Changes to the UN Model Regulations agreed at all four sessions of this biennium will form the basis for amendments included in the 21st revised edition of the UNMR.

The SCETDG had 28 formally submitted proposals to consider and looked at another 45 informal papers by the end of the session. The outcome of formal proposals and informal papers are discussed in this full report by Technical Advisor Frits Wybenga.

Click here to read Mr. Wybenga's report. Login is required. The following topic areas are covered:

  • Explosives and related matters
  • Listing, classification, and packing
  • Electric storage systems
  • Transport of gases
  • Miscellaneous proposals of amendments to the Model Regulations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods
  • Global harmonization of transport of dangerous goods regulations with the Model Regulations
  • Issues relating to the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS)

Yesterday, July 12, Transport Canada published in the Canada Gazette The Regulations Amending the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations (International Harmonization Update, 2016). This adopted amendment harmonizes Canada's TDGR with the United Nations Model Regulations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (19th Edition, UN Recommendations), the International Civil Aviation Organization Technical Instructions (2015-2016 ICAO TIs), the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG Code 2016), as well as requirements with the U.S. under the Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) work plan.

Click here to view Transport Canada's press release; click here to view the amendment in the Canada Gazette.