Other Transport Regulating Bodies Bern-Geneva-London UN/ADR-RID-IMO
The transport of gases in Europe is governed by international agreements (ADR, RID, ADN), all harmonised with the United Nations Recommendations for the Transport of Dangerous Goods (UNRTDG). The regulating bodies of those agreements and of the UNRTDG meet several times per year in Geneva and Bern.
Since 1976, EIGA has an observer status at those meetings and is now a recognised key player assuming the chair for all matters concerning the transport of gases. Over the years, EIGA has made successful proposals for the fundamental revision of Class 2-Gases in ADR/RID 1997 edition, the restructuring of the provisions for the transport of gases in the restructured ADR/RID 2001 edition and for new provisions for gas receptacles and multiple element gas containers (MEGC's) in the UNRTDG 2001 edition incorporated in the ADR/RID 2003.
EIGA members having difficulties complying with European transport regulations should contact the EIGA office or directly the chairman of the EIGA Working Group Transport.
The IMO (International Maritime Organisation) is the United Nations’ specialised agency responsible for improving maritime safety and preventing pollution from ships. Of interest to the gas industry is the IMDG (International Maritime Dangerous Goods) code governing the transport of dangerous goods. The code is based on the United Nations Recommendations for the Transport of Dangerous Goods and becomes mandatory in 2004.