Tanks and Transportable Pressure Equipment
Dangerous goods which are transported by road or rail within Great Britain must comply with the requirements of The Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations (CDG 2009) SI 2009, No 1348. These regulations implement the provisions of the European agreements, ADR, RID and the Transportable Pressure Equipment Directive (TPED) which, amongst other things, requires that tanks and pressure receptacles are tested, inspected and certified before they are first used and periodically thereafter. Only bodies appointed by the competent authority may undertake these tasks.
The Secretary of State for Transport, who is the competent authority for Great Britain, has set up an appointment scheme for conformity assessment and inspection bodies in order to meet these obligations. The scheme, which is operated by The VCA Dangerous Goods Office (VCA DGO), applies to:
and to bodies performing the functions of:
Conformity assessment and inspection bodies may be appointed for one or more of the above functions but do not take on the role of the competent authority, responsibility for which remains with VCA DGO (administrative) and The Department for Transport Dangerous Goods Division (policy).
Application for Appointment
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) before an appointment is made. However, in some circumstances, a temporary appointment may be made whilst accreditation is sought but this will be strictly time-limited
General guidance for potential applicants is given below.
UKAS charge a fee for accreditation, details of which should be obtained from them.
VCA DGO charge fees for functions relating to appointment according to the following scale:
VAT is not applicable.
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. A copy of the requirements that come into force on 24th October 2019 can be found here:
Approved Tank Requirements.pdf (85 KB)
Guidance on the Interpretation of ADR Chapter 6.10 for Vacuum Operated Waste Tanks (VOWTs)
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 mandatory from 06 November 2020.
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