Special packing provisions for infectious substances (Class 6.2)
Consignors of infectious substances shall ensure that packages are prepared in such a manner that they
arrive at their destination in good condition and present no hazard to persons or animals during
The definitions in 1.2.1 and the general packing provisions of 126.96.36.199 to 188.8.131.52, except 184.108.40.206 to
220.127.116.11 and 18.104.22.168 apply to infectious substances packages. However, liquids shall only be filled
into packagings which have an appropriate resistance to the internal pressure that may develop under
normal conditions of carriage.
An itemized list of contents shall be enclosed between the secondary packaging and the outer
packaging. When the infectious substances to be carried are unknown, but suspected of meeting the
criteria for inclusion in Category A, the words "suspected Category A infectious substance" shall be
shown, in parenthesis, following the proper shipping name on the document inside the outer
Before an empty packaging is returned to the consignor, or sent elsewhere, it shall be disinfected or
sterilized to nullify any hazard and any label or mark indicating that it had contained an infectious
substance shall be removed or obliterated.
Provided an equivalent level of performance is maintained, the following variations in the primary
receptacles placed within a secondary packaging are allowed without the need for further testing of
the completed packaging:
(a) Primary receptacles of equivalent or smaller size as compared to the tested primary receptacles
may be used provided:
(i) the primary receptacles are of similar design to the primary receptacle tested (e.g. shape:
round, rectangular, etc.);
(ii) the material of construction of the primary receptacles (e.g. glass, plastics, metal) offers
resistance to impact and stacking forces equivalent to or better than that of the primary
receptacles originally tested;
(iii) the primary receptacles have the same or smaller openings and the closure is of
equivalent design (e.g. screw cap, friction lid, etc.);
(iv) sufficient additional cushioning material is used to take up empty spaces and to prevent
significant movement of the primary receptacles; and
(v) primary receptacles are oriented within the secondary packagings in the same manner as
in the tested package;
(b) A lesser number of the tested primary receptacles, or of the alternative types of primary
receptacles identified in (a) above, may be used provided sufficient cushioning is added to fill
the void space(s) and to prevent significant movement of the primary receptacles.
Paragraphs 22.214.171.124 to 126.96.36.199 only apply to infectious substances of Category A (UN Nos. 2814 and
2900). They do not apply to UN No. 3373 BIOLOGICAL SUBSTANCE, CATEGORY B (see
packing instruction P650 of 188.8.131.52), nor to UN No. 3291 CLINICAL WASTE, UNSPECIFIED,
N.O.S. or (BIO) MEDICAL WASTE, N.O.S. or REGULATED MEDICAL WASTE, N.O.S.
For the carriage of animal material, packagings or IBCs not specifically authorized in the applicable
packing instruction shall not be used for the carriage of a substance or article unless specifically
approved by the competent authority of the country of origin2 and provided:
(a) The alternative packaging complies with the general requirements of this Part;
(b) When the packing instruction indicated in Column (8) of Table A of Chapter 3.2 so specifies,
the alternative packaging meets the requirements of Part 6;
(c) The competent authority of the country of origin2 determines that the alternative packaging
provides at least the same level of safety as if the substance were packed in accordance with a
method specified in the particular packing instruction indicated in Column (8) of Table A of
Chapter 3.2; and
(d) A copy of the competent authority approval accompanies each consignment or the transport
document includes an indication that alternative packaging was approved by the competent
Special packing provisions for radioactive material
Radioactive material, packagings and packages shall meet the requirements of Chapter 6.4.
The quantity of radioactive material in a package shall not exceed the limits specified in 184.108.40.206.2,
220.127.116.11.4.1, 18.104.22.168.4.4, 22.214.171.124.4.5, 126.96.36.199.4.6, special provision 336 of Chapter 3.3 and 188.8.131.52.
The types of packages for radioactive materials covered by ADR, are:
(a) Excepted package (see 184.108.40.206);
(b) Industrial package Type 1 (Type IP-1 package);
(c) Industrial package Type 2 (Type IP-2 package);
(d) Industrial package Type 3 (Type IP-3 package);
(e) Type A package;
(f) Type B(U) package;
(g) Type B(M) package;
(h) Type C package.
Packages containing fissile material or uranium hexafluoride are subject to additional requirements.
2 If the country of origin is not a Contracting Party to ADR, the competent authority of the first Contracting Party
to the ADR reached by the consignment.
The non-fixed contamination on the external surfaces of any package shall be kept as low as
practicable and, under routine conditions of transport, shall not exceed the following limits:
(a) 4 Bq/cm2 for beta and gamma emitters and low toxicity alpha emitters; and
(b) 0.4 Bq/cm2 for all other alpha emitters.
These limits are applicable when averaged over any area of 300 cm2 of any part of the surface.
A package shall not contain any items other than those that are necessary for the use of the radioactive
material. The interaction between these items and the package under the conditions of carriage
applicable to the design, shall not reduce the safety of the package.
Except as provided in 7.5.11, CV33, the level of non-fixed contamination on the external and internal
surfaces of overpacks, containers, tanks, IBCs and vehicles shall not exceed the limits specified in
For radioactive material having other dangerous properties the package design shall take into account
those properties. Radioactive material with a subsidiary risk, packaged in packages that do not require
competent authority approval, shall be carried in packagings, IBCs, tanks or bulk containers fully
complying with the requirements of the relevant chapters of Part 6 as appropriate, as well as
applicable requirements of chapters 4.1, 4.2 or 4.3 for that subsidiary risk.