Empty uncleaned packagings (including IBCs and large packagings), tanks, MEMUs, vehicles and containers for carriage in bulk
Empty uncleaned packagings (including IBCs and large packagings), tanks (including tank-vehicles,
battery-vehicles, demountable tanks, portable tanks, tank-containers, MEGCs), MEMUs, vehicles and
containers for carriage in bulk having contained dangerous goods of the different classes other than
Class 7, shall be marked and labelled as if they were full.
NOTE: For documentation, see Chapter 5.4.
Containers, tanks, IBCs, as well as other packagings and overpacks, used for the carriage of
radioactive material shall not be used for the storage or carriage of other goods unless decontaminated
below the level of 0.4 Bq/cm2 for beta and gamma emitters and low toxicity alpha emitters and 0.04
Bq/cm2 for all other alpha emitters.
When two or more dangerous goods are packed within the same outer packaging, the package shall be
labelled and marked as required for each substance or article. If the same label is required for different
goods, it only needs to be applied once.
General provisions for Class 7
Approval of shipments and notificat
In addition to the approval of package designs described in Chapter 6.4, multilateral shipment
approval is also required in certain circumstances (184.108.40.206.2 and 220.127.116.11.3). In some circumstances it is
also necessary to notify competent authorities of a shipment (18.104.22.168.4).
Multilateral approval shall be required for:
(a) the shipment of Type B(M) packages not conforming with the requirements of 22.214.171.124 or
designed to allow controlled intermittent venting;
(b) the shipment of Type B(M) packages containing radioactive material with an activity greater
than 3 000 A1 or 3 000 A2, as appropriate, or 1 000 TBq, whichever is the lower; and
(c) The shipment of packages containing fissile materials if the sum of the criticality safety
indexes of the packages in a single vehicle or container exceeds 50;
except that a competent authority may authorize carriage into or through its country without shipment
approval, by a specific provision in its design approval (see 126.96.36.199.1).
Shipment approval by special arrangement
Provisions may be approved by a competent authority under which a consignment, which does not
satisfy all of the applicable requirements of ADR may be carried under special arrangement
Notification to competent authorities is required as follows:
(a) Before the first shipment of any package requiring competent authority approval, the consignor
shall ensure that copies of each applicable competent authority certificate applying to that
package design have been submitted to the competent authority of the country of origin of the
shipment and to the competent authority of each country through or into which the
consignment is to be carried. The consignor is not required to await an acknowledgement from
the competent authority, nor is the competent authority required to make such
acknowledgement of receipt of the certificate;
(b) For each of the following types of shipments:
(i) Type C packages containing radioactive material with an activity greater than 3 000 A1
or 3 000 A2, as appropriate, or 1 000 TBq, whichever is the lower;
(ii) Type B(U) packages containing radioactive material with an activity greater than 3 000
A1 or 3 000 A2, as appropriate, or 1 000 TBq, whichever is the lower;
(iii) Type B(M) packages;
(iv) Shipment under special arrangement;
The consignor shall notify the competent authority of the country of origin of the shipment and
the competent authority of each country through or into which the consignment is to be carried.
This notification shall be in the hands of each competent authority prior to the commencement
of the shipment, and preferably at least 7 days in advance;
(c) The consignor is not required to send a separate notification if the required information has
been included in the application for approval of shipment (see 188.8.131.52);
(d) The consignment notification shall include:
(i) sufficient information to enable the identification of the package or packages including
all applicable certificate numbers and identification marks;
(ii) information on the date of shipment, the expected date of arrival and proposed routeing;
(iii) the name(s) of the radioactive material(s) or nuclide(s);
(iv) descriptions of the physical and chemical forms of the radioactive material, or whether
it is special form radioactive material or low dispersible radioactive material; and
(v) the maximum activity of the radioactive contents during carriage expressed in
becquerels (Bq) with an appropriate SI prefix symbol (see 184.108.40.206). For fissile material,
the mass of fissile material (or of each fissile nuclide for mixtures when appropriate) in
grams (g), or multiples thereof, may be used in place of activity.
Certificates issued by the competent authority
Certificates issued by the competent authority are required for the following:
(a) Designs for:
(i) special form radioactive material;
(ii) low dispersible radioactive material;
(iii) fissile material excepted under 220.127.116.11.3.5 (f);
(iv) packages containing 0.1 kg or more of uranium hexafluoride;
(v) packages containing fissile material unless excepted by 18.104.22.168.3.5, 22.214.171.124 or 126.96.36.199;
(vi) Type B(U) packages and Type B(M) packages;
(vii) Type C packages;
(b) Special arrangements;
(c) Certain shipments (see 188.8.131.52.2);
(d) Determination of the basic radionuclide values referred to in 184.108.40.206.2.1 for individual
radionuclides which are not listed in Table 220.127.116.11.2.1 (see 18.104.22.168.2.2 (a));
(e) Alternative activity limits for an exempt consignment of instruments or articles (see
The certificates shall confirm that the applicable requirements are met, and for design approvals shall
attribute to the design an identification mark.
The certificates of approval for the package design and the shipment may be combined into a single
Certificates and applications for these certificates shall be in accordance with the requirements
The consignor shall be in possession of a copy of each applicable certificate.
For package designs where it is not required that a competent authority issue a certificate of approval,
the consignor shall, on request, make available for inspection by the competent authority,
documentary evidence of the compliance of the package design with all the applicable requirements.
Determination of transport index (TI) and criticality safety index (CSI)