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Test Methods
Transport Of Dangerous Goods

Whilst some methods are published in the UN Recommendations and Model Regulations on the transport of dangerous goods (aka Orange Book); and consequently find their way into the modal requirements, the UN Sub-Committee on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (UNSCETDG) also publishes a separate Manual of Tests and Criteria (MTC); which is from time to time revised and republished or amended.

The MTC can be purchased in hardcopy from booksellers but is also available on the UN ECE website.

To support the REACH Regulations the European Commission (See Note 1 below) adopted Regulation (EC) No 440/2008 laying down test methods to be used.

The Regulation has since been amended and adapted to technical progress, see the European Commission REACH website page for further details.

Note: for the SDS required under REACH information from CLP and its associated test methods is also required, see below.


The Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures (in short CLP) provides for the classification of any substance or mixture to be determined on the basis of available information, the available information to be used for the purposes of this Regulation should preferably have been generated in accordance with the test methods referred to in Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 (REACH), see above, or by the transport of dangerous goods provisions, see above.

Transport Of Dangerous Goods Training

See the CHCS advice on Transport of Dangerous Goods Training.

Safety Data Sheet Training

CHCS run a very popular, modular course on the writing of Safety Data Sheets and related issues such as classification, labelling and other documentation.

For dates of these courses, click HERE.