This section will be updated regularly.
It was first published on 28 February 2020 and last updated on 27 March 2020
Members with sector-related requests around the COVID-19 pandemic can contact Philippe or Jan (*). Upon discussing the request/matter within the EIGA community, EIGA will take appropriate action (sharing information, setting up a temporary expert group, escalate to the EIGA Board, …) and feedback.
How EIGA supports our industry to continue to save lives:
- Issue a MGC Briefing Note with proposals for temporary derogation measures to support the continuation of supply of all medical gases to healthcare facilities and homecare services. See here (for members only) and as picked up by the Financial Times.
- EIGA has been working with national transport ministries on temporary derogations to dangerous goods transport regulations.
- As result, UNECE ADR Geneva published (first signed by France on March 27, 2020) M326 on “Periodic inspection and test of pressure receptacles for the carriage of gases of Class 2”, describing for a limited time period and for certain gases, that closed cryogenic receptacles and pressure receptacles arriving for refill that have an expired date of periodic inspection and test, are permitted to be filled and carried.
- Countries have been signing (since March 19, 2020) M325 on ADR “periodic or intermediate inspections of tanks, and certificate of approval for vehicles in accordance”
- The signatory countries have been signing M324 on “ADR driver training certificates and safety adviser certificates” since March 18, 2020.
Or see down this list, for the latest status,
- EIGA started working on a Briefing Note on how to clean or decontaminate medical cylinders, to assure the safety of operating staff and drivers, but also users and in addition to obtain a sufficient number of empty cylinders to assure the supply to healthcare facilities and homecare services. See also related Doc 222.
All EIGA meetings are changed to Net Meetings.
While this should not be noticeable externally, EIGA staff has switched to maximum homeworking.
We wish you and your families to be safe and in good health in these difficult times.