Dangerous Goods

Our Dangerous Goods Office is the UK authority for the certification of packaging and intermediate bulk containers used for the transport of dangerous goods, in accordance with national and international regulations.

We are also responsible for the appointment of suitable test and inspection bodies to conduct initial and periodic inspections of tanks and pressure receptacles in accordance with ADR, TPED and the UK carriage regulations.

We operate a telephone and email enquiry service on behalf of the Department for Transport (DfT) and undertake several other functions in connection the UN based dangerous goods transport regulations.

Packaging Approvals Database

Certificates for Approved Dangerous Goods Packagings are issued on the basis of test reports received from UKAS accredited test stations (for Dangerous Goods Packagings) in the UK.

UK Appointed Inspection Bodies

The scope and extent of any appointee’s capability should be established by reference to their UKAS schedule of accreditation and/or directly with the body concerned.

Dangerous Goods Certification Fees

View our costs and charges here

Applying for UN Approvals

The UN Testing and Certification Certification System.

Using UN Packaging

The regulations require the packaging supplier to provide the user with all the information necessary to enable them to prepare the package for transport in accordance with the approved specification.

Training & Consultancy

The Dangerous Goods Office team offer specialist training courses which can be undertaken on your premises.

Dangerous Goods Seminar

The 2020 Seminar will be held on the 2nd and 3rd of June at the Mercure Daventry Court Hotel.

Packaging Revalidation at 5 Years

At least once every five years, the certification of each UN approved packaging type must be re-validated.

Bulk Containers

Certain dangerous goods may be carried in bulk in containers that have been approved in accordance with the Convention on Safe Containers

Annual Fees FAQs

In October each year, registered holders of Dangerous Goods Packaging Certificates will receive an invoice for the renewal of their approval(s) for 12 months commencing 1st January the following year.

DfT Authorisation 839 – Tanks below ADR minimum thickness

DfT DGD have issued Authorisation 839 to permit the continued operation of tanks with shell thickness below the ADR minimum. The main text of the authorisation can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/tanks-below-the-minimum-thickness Approved tanks can be identified in the listings in the…

Application for Appointment

Arrangements for the appointment of bodies for tank inspection may be found HERE (PDF) Applicants must be accredited to EN ISO17020:2012, “General Criteria for the Operation of Various Types of Bodies Performing Inspection”, by the United Kingdom Accreditation service (UKAS)…

Approved Tank Requirements Concerning the Provisions for Vapour Recovery Systems of Mobile Containers Carrying Petrol

The CDG regulations also completes the implementation of Directive 94/63/EC, which require the control of volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions (petrol vapours) resulting from the storage and distribution of petrol, as set out in approved tank requirements. Approved Tank Requirements…

DfT Guidance on the Interpretation of ADR Chapter 6.10 for Vacuum Operated Waste Tanks

The Department for Transport Dangerous Goods Division (DfT DGD) and VCA DGO have provided their interpretation on a number of issues that have arisen concerning VOWTs. This document is published on 06 May 2020 and the requirements contained within become…

DfT Remote Inspection Guidance / RVI Guidance

The following information provides guidance developed by the DfT in conjunction with DVSA, HSE, UKAS and VCA to set out a framework for AIBs that wish to perform remote inspections of dangerous goods tanks and/or their service equipment. These are…