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 2.2.7.2.3.5 (f);
(iv) packages containing 0.1 kg or more of uranium hexafluoride;
(v) packages containing fissile material unless excepted by 2.2.7.2.3.5, 6.4.11.2 or 6.4.11.3;
(vi) Type B(U) packages and Type B(M) packages;
(vii) Type C packages;
(b) Special arrangements;
(c) Certain shipments (see 5.1.5.1.2);
(d) Determination of the basic radionuclide values referred to in 2.2.7.2.2.1 for individual
radionuclides which are not listed in Table 2.2.7.2.2.1 (see 2.2.7.2.2.2 (a));
(e) Alternative activity limits for an exempt consignment of instruments or articles (see
2.2.7.2.2.2 (b)).
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
certificate.
Certificates and applications for these certificates shall be in accordance with the requirements
in 6.4.23.

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)

The transport index (TI) for a package, overpack or container, or for unpackaged LSA-I or SCO-I,
shall be the number derived in accordance with the following procedure:
 

(a) Determine the maximum radiation level in units of millisieverts per hour (mSv/h) at a distance of 1 m from the external surfaces of the package, overpack, container, or unpackaged LSA-I and SCO-I. The value determined shall be multiplied by 100 and the resulting number is the transport index. For uranium and thorium ores and their concentrates, the maximum radiation level at any point 1 m from the external surface of the load may be taken as:

0.4 mSv/h for ores and physical concentrates of uranium and thorium;

0.3 mSv/h for chemical concentrates of thorium;

0.02 mSv/h for chemical concentrates of uranium, other than uranium hexafluoride;

 

  1. For tanks, containers and unpackaged LSA-I and SCO-I, the value determined in step (a) above shall be multiplied by the appropriate factor from Table 5.1.5.3.1;

     

  2. The value obtained in steps (a) and (b) above shall be rounded up to the first decimal place (e.g. 1.13 becomes 1.2), except that a value of 0.05 or less may be considered as zero.

Table 5.1.5.3.1: Multiplication factors for tanks, containers and unpackaged LSA-I and SCO-I

 

Size of load a

Multiplication factor

size of load  1 m2

1

1 m< size of load  5 m2

2

5 m< size of load  20 m2

3

20 m< size of load

10

Largest cross-sectional area of the load being measured.

 

The transport index for each overpack, container or vehicle shall be determined as either the sum of
the TIs of all the packages contained, or by direct measurement of radiation level, except in the case of
non-rigid overpacks for which the transport index shall be determined only as the sum of the TIs of all
the packages.

The criticality safety index for each overpack or container shall be determined as the sum of the CSIs
of all the packages contained. The same procedure shall be followed for determining the total sum of
the CSIs in a consignment or aboard a vehicle.

Packages, overpacks and containers shall be assigned to either category I-WHITE, II-YELLOW or
III-YELLOW in accordance with the conditions specified in Table 5.1.5.3.4 and with the following
requirements:
(a) For a package, overpack or container, both the transport index and the surface radiation level
conditions shall be taken into account in determining which is the appropriate category. Where
the transport index satisfies the condition for one category but the surface radiation level
satisfies the condition for a different category, the package, overpack or container shall be
assigned to the higher category. For this purpose, category I-WHITE shall be regarded as the
lowest category;
(b) The transport index shall be determined following the procedures specified in 5.1.5.3.1 and
5.1.5.3.2;
(c) If the surface radiation level is greater than 2 mSv/h, the package or overpack shall be carried
under exclusive use and under the provisions of 7.5.11, CV33 (1.3) and (3.5) (a);
(d) A package carried under a special arrangement shall be assigned to category III-YELLOW
except under the provisions of 5.1.5.3.5;
(e) An overpack or container which contains packages carried under special arrangement shall be
assigned to category III-YELLOW except under the provisions of 5.1.5.3.5.

Table 5.1.5.3.4: Categories of packages, overpacks and containers

Conditions

Transport index

Maximum radiation level at any point on external surface

Category

0a

Not more than 0.005 mSv/h

I-WHITE

More than 0 but not more than 1a

More than 0.005 mSv/h but not more than 0.5 mSv/h

II-YELLOW

More than 1 but not more than 10

More than 0.5 mSv/h but not more than 2 mSv/h

III-YELLOW

More than 10

More than 2 mSv/h but not more than 10 mSv/h

III-YELLOW b

If the measured TI is not greater than 0.05, the value quoted may be zero in accordance wit

ntainers (see Table D in 7.5.11 CV33 (3.3)).

 

In all cases of international carriage of packages requiring competent authority approval of design or
shipment, for which different approval types apply in the different countries concerned by the
shipment, the categorization shall be in accordance with the certificate of the country of origin of
design.

Specific provisions for excepted packages of radioactive material of Class 7

Excepted packages of radioactive material of Class 7 shall be legibly and durably marked on the
outside of the packaging with:
(a) The UN number preceded by the letters "UN";
(b) An identification of either the consignor or consignee, or both; and
(c) The permissible gross mass if this exceeds 50 kg.

The documentation requirements of Chapter 5.4 do not apply to excepted packages of radioactive
material of Class 7, except that:
(a) The UN number preceded by the letters "UN" and the name and address of the consignor and
the consignee and, if relevant, the identification mark for each competent authority certificate
of approval (see 5.4.1.2.5.1 (g)) shall be shown on a transport document such as a bill of
lading, air waybill or CMR or CIM consignment note;
(b) If relevant, the requirements of 5.4.1.2.5.1 (g), 5.4.1.2.5.3 and 5.4.1.2.5.4 shall apply;
(c) The requirements of 5.4.2 and 5.4.4 shall apply.

The requirements of 5.2.1.7.8 and 5.2.2.1.11.5 shall apply if relevant.

Summary of approval and prior notification requirements

NOTE 1: Before first shipment of any package requiring competent authority approval of the design,
the consignor shall ensure that a copy of the approval certificate for that design has been submitted to
the competent authority of each country en route (see 5.1.5.1.4 (a)).
NOTE 2: Notification required if contents exceed 3 × 103 A1, or 3 × 103 A2, or 1 000 TBq; (see
5.1.5.1.4 (b)).
NOTE 3: Multilateral approval of shipment required if contents exceed 3 × 103 A1, or 3 × 103 A2, or
1 000 TBq, or if controlled intermittent venting is allowed (see 5.1.5.1).
NOTE 4: See approval and prior notification provisions for the applicable package for carrying this
material.

Subject

UN

Number

Competent Authority approval required

Consignor required to notify the competent authorities of the country of origin and of the countries en route before each shipment

Reference

Country of origin

Countries en route a

Calculation of unlisted Aand Avalues

-

Yes

Yes

No

2.2.7.2.2.2 (a),

5.1.5.2.1 (d)

Excepted packages

  • package design

  • shipment

2908, 2909,

2910, 2911

 

No No

 

No No

 

No No

---

LSA material b and SCO Industrial packages types 1, 2 or 3, non fissile and fissile excepted

2912, 2913,

3321, 3322

 

No No

 

No No

 

No No

---

  • package design

  • shipment

Type A packages b, non fissile and fissile excepted

2915, 3332

 

No No

 

No No

 

No No

--

  • package design

  • shipment

Type B(U) packages , non fissile and fissile excepted

2916

 

Yes No

 

No No

 

See Note 1

See Note 2

5.1.5.1.4 (b),

5.1.5.2.1 (a), 6.4.22.2

  • package design

  • shipment

Type B(M) packages b, non fissile and fissile excepted

2917

 

Yes See Note 3

 

Yes See Note 3

 

No Yes

5.1.5.1.4 (b),

5.1.5.2.1 (a), 5.1.5.1.2, 6.4.22.3

  • package design

  • shipment

Subject

UN

Number

Competent Authority approval required

Consignor required to notify the competent authorities of the country of origin and of the countries en route before each shipment

Reference

Country of origin

Countries en route a

Calculation of unlisted Aand Avalues

-

Yes

Yes

No

2.2.7.2.2.2 (a),

5.1.5.2.1 (d)

Excepted packages

  • package design

  • shipment

2908, 2909,

2910, 2911

 

No No

 

No No

 

No No

---

LSA material b and SCO Industrial packages types 1, 2 or 3, non fissile and fissile excepted

2912, 2913,

3321, 3322

 

No No

 

No No

 

No No

---

  • package design

  • shipment

Type A packages b, non fissile and fissile excepted

2915, 3332

 

No No

 

No No

 

No No

--

  • package design

  • shipment

Type B(U) packages , non fissile and fissile excepted

2916

 

Yes No

 

No No

 

See Note 1

See Note 2

5.1.5.1.4 (b),

5.1.5.2.1 (a), 6.4.22.2

  • package design

  • shipment

Type B(M) packages b, non fissile and fissile excepted

2917

 

Yes See Note 3

 

Yes See Note 3

 

No Yes

5.1.5.1.4 (b),

5.1.5.2.1 (a), 5.1.5.1.2, 6.4.22.3

  • package design

  • shipment

 

Countries from, through or into which the consignment is carried.

If the radioactive contents are fissile material which is not excepted from the provisions for packages containing fissile material, then the provisions for fissile material packages apply (see 6.4.11).

- 221 -

Subject

UN

Number

Competent Authority approval required

Consignor required to notify the competent authorities of the country of origin and of the countries en route before each shipment

Reference

Country of origin

Countries en route a

Type C packages b, non fissile and fissile excepted

  • package design

  • shipment

3323

 

Yes No

 

No No

 

See Note 1

See Note 2

5.1.5.1.4 (b),

5.1.5.2.1 (a), 6.4.22.2

Packages for fissile material

  • package design

  • shipment:

  • sum of criticality safety indexes not more than 50

  • sum of criticality safety indexes greater than 50

2977, 3324,

3325, 3326,

3327, 3328,

3329, 3330,

3331, 3333

 

Yes c

 

No d

 

Yes

 

Yes c

 

No d

 

Yes

 

No

 

See Note 2

 

See Note 2

5.1.5.2.1 (a), 5.1.5.1.2, 6.4.22.4, 6.4.22.5

Special form radioactive material

  • design

  • shipment

 

-

See Note 4

 

Yes See Note 4

 

No See Note 4

 

No See Note 4

1.6.6.4,

5.1.5.2.1 (a) 6.4.22.5

Low dispersible radioactive material

  • design

  • shipment

 

-

See Note 4

 

Yes See Note 4

 

No See Note 4

 

No See Note 4

5.1.5.2.1 (a), 6.4.22.5

Packages containing 0.1 kg or more of uranium hexafluoride

  • design

  • shipment

 

-

See Note 4

 

Yes See Note 4

 

No See Note 4

 

No See Note 4

5.1.5.2.1 (a), 6.4.22.1

Special Arrangement

- shipment

2919, 3331

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

1.7.4.2,

5.1.5.2.1 (b),

5.1.5.1.4 (b)

Approved packages designs subjected to transitional measures

-

See 1.6.6

See 1.6.6

See Note 1

1.6.6.2,

5.1.5.1.4 (b),

5.1.5.2.1 (a), 5.1.5.1.2, 6.4.22.9

Alternative activity limits for an exempt consignment of instruments or articles

-

Yes

Yes

No

5.1.5.2.1(e),

6.4.22.7

Fissile material excepted in accordance with 2.2.7.2.3.5 (f)

-

Yes

Yes

No

5.1.5.2.1 (a) (iii), 6.4.22.6

Subject

UN

Number

Competent Authority approval required

Consignor required to notify the competent authorities of the country of origin and of the countries en route before each shipment

Reference

Country of origin

Countries en route a

Type C packages b, non fissile and fissile excepted

  • package design

  • shipment

3323

 

Yes No

 

No No

 

See Note 1

See Note 2

5.1.5.1.4 (b),

5.1.5.2.1 (a), 6.4.22.2

Packages for fissile material

  • package design

  • shipment:

  • sum of criticality safety indexes not more than 50

  • sum of criticality safety indexes greater than 50

2977, 3324,

3325, 3326,

3327, 3328,

3329, 3330,

3331, 3333

 

Yes c

 

No d

 

Yes

 

Yes c

 

No d

 

Yes

 

No

 

See Note 2

 

See Note 2

5.1.5.2.1 (a), 5.1.5.1.2, 6.4.22.4, 6.4.22.5

Special form radioactive material

  • design

  • shipment

 

-

See Note 4

 

Yes See Note 4

 

No See Note 4

 

No See Note 4

1.6.6.4,

5.1.5.2.1 (a) 6.4.22.5

Low dispersible radioactive material

  • design

  • shipment

 

-

See Note 4

 

Yes See Note 4

 

No See Note 4

 

No See Note 4

5.1.5.2.1 (a), 6.4.22.5

Packages containing 0.1 kg or more of uranium hexafluoride

  • design

  • shipment

 

-

See Note 4

 

Yes See Note 4

 

No See Note 4

 

No See Note 4

5.1.5.2.1 (a), 6.4.22.1

Special Arrangement

- shipment

2919, 3331

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

1.7.4.2,

5.1.5.2.1 (b),

5.1.5.1.4 (b)

Approved packages designs subjected to transitional measures

-

See 1.6.6

See 1.6.6

See Note 1

1.6.6.2,

5.1.5.1.4 (b),

5.1.5.2.1 (a), 5.1.5.1.2, 6.4.22.9

Alternative activity limits for an exempt consignment of instruments or articles

-

Yes

Yes

No

5.1.5.2.1(e),

6.4.22.7

Fissile material excepted in accordance with 2.2.7.2.3.5 (f)

-

Yes

Yes

No

5.1.5.2.1 (a) (iii), 6.4.22.6

 

Designs of packages for fissile material may also require approval in respect of one of the other items in the table.

oval in respect of one of the other items in the table.

 

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