Each certificate issued by a competent authority for alternative activity limits for an exempt
consignment of instruments or articles according to (d) shall include the following
(a) Type of certificate;
(b) The competent authority identification mark;
(c) The issue date and an expiry date;
(d) List of applicable national and international regulations, including the edition of the IAEA
Regulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material under which the exemption is
(e) The identification of the instrument or article;
(f) A description of the instrument or article;
(g) Design specifications for the instrument or article;
(h) A specification of the radionuclide(s), the approved alternative activity limit(s) for the exempt
consignment(s) of the instrument(s) or article(s);
(i) Reference to documentation that demonstrates compliance with (b);
(j) If deemed appropriate by the competent authority, reference to the identity of the applicant;
(k) Signature and identification of the certifying official.

The competent authority shall be informed of the serial number of each packaging manufactured to a
design approved by them under,,, and

Multilateral approval may be by validation of the original certificate issued by the competent authority
of the country of origin of the design or shipment. Such validation may take the form of an
endorsement on the original certificate or the issuance of a separate endorsement, annex, supplement,
etc., by the competent authority of the country through or into which the shipment is made.



General requirements


The requirements of this Chapter apply to intermediate bulk containers (IBCs) the use of which is
expressly authorized for the carriage of certain dangerous goods according to the packing instructions
indicated in Column (8) of Table A in Chapter 3.2. Portable tanks and tank-containers which meet the
requirements of Chapter 6.7 or 6.8 respectively are not considered to be IBCs. IBCs which meet the
requirements of this Chapter are not considered to be containers for the purposes of ADR. The letters
IBC only will be used in the rest of the text to refer to intermediate bulk containers.

Exceptionally, IBCs and their service equipment not conforming strictly to the requirements herein,
but having acceptable alternatives, may be considered by the competent authority for approval. In
addition, in order to take into account progress in science and technology, the use of alternative
arrangements which offer at least equivalent safety in use in respect of compatibility with the
properties of the substances carried and equivalent or superior resistance to impact, loading and fire,
may be considered by the competent authority.

The construction, equipment, testing, marking and operation of IBCs shall be subject to acceptance by
the competent authority of the country in which the IBCs are approved.
NOTE: Parties performing inspections and tests in other countries, after the IBC has been put into
service, need not be accepted by the competent authority of the country in which the IBC has been
approved, but the inspections and tests have to be performed according to the rules specified in the
IBC’s approval.

Manufacturers and subsequent distributors of IBCs shall provide information regarding procedures to
be followed and a description of the types and dimensions of closures (including required gaskets) and
any other components needed to ensure that IBCs as presented for carriage are capable of passing the
applicable performance tests of this Chapter.



Designatory code system for IBCs

The code shall consist of two Arabic numerals as specified in (a), followed by a capital letter(s)
specified in (b), followed, when specified in an individual section, by an Arabic numeral indicating
the category of IBC.


For solids, filled or discharged


under press

than 10 kPa (0.1 bar)

r liquids









(b)      Materials
A.       Steel (all types and surface treatments)
B.       Aluminium
C.        Natural wood
D.       Plywood
F.        Reconstituted wood
G.       Fibreboard
H.       Plastics material
L.       Textile
M.       Paper, multiwall
N.       Metal (other than steel or aluminium).

For composite IBCs, two capital letters in Latin characters shall be used in sequence in the second
position of the code. The first shall indicate the material of the inner receptacle of the IBC and the
second that of the outer packaging of the IBC.
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