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The Principle Changes to the 2017-2018 Edition of the ICAO Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air are:

The Technical Instructions have been amended to make them as up to date as possible and to clarify, where necessary, the intent of the requirements. Account has been taken of comments received from users throughout the world. This has resulted in numerous minor changes in all parts of the book.

 ≠ It is intended, for the time being, to continue issuing new versions of the Technical Instructions biennially. This is the sixteenth biennial edition of the Technical Instructions and it will be valid for two years, i.e. from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2018 or until such later time as a new edition becomes valid.

 ≠ The requirements have been amended so as to align them, as far as possible, with the Nineteenth Revised Edition of the United Nations Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Regulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material, as incorporated therein.

≠ The amendments include the following:

— revisions to general provisions including:
— revision to general exception for aid in connection with search and rescue operations (1;;
— addition of new provision for dangerous goods carried by an aircraft for medical aid, veterinary aid, dropping and search and rescue operations (1;;
— revision to provisions for application of standards (1;1.3);
— addition of new definitions for design life, self-accelerating polymerization temperature (SAPT) and service life;
— revision of definitions for aerosols, GHS, liquids, Manual of Tests and Criteria and large packaging (1;3);
— replacement of reference to specific definitions in UN Model Regulations for items not normally permitted for air
transport with actual definition (1;3);
— revisions to classification criteria including:
— addition of provisions for classification of substances listed by name in Table 3-1 but posing different hazards (2;0.1);
— addition of provisions for polymerizing substances (1;3, 2;0.2.1, 2;2.6, 2;3.5, 2;4, 2;6.2.5, 2;8.3, Table 3-1);
— addition of provisions for documentation issued by competent authorities for classification of substances and articles to Class 1 (2;1.5.3);
— addition of provisions for kinematic viscosity criteria for determining if viscous flammable liquids can be assigned to Packing Group III (3;3.2.2, Table 2-5);
— revisions to the list of currently assigned organic peroxides in packages (Table 2-7);
— revisions to classification criteria for infected animals (2;6.3.6);
— revisions to and addition of new classification criteria for engines and machinery (Table 3-1, Special Provisions A70,A134, A203, A207 and A208, Packing Instructions 220, 378, 950, 951, 952 and 972);
— revisions to provisions for classification of polymeric beads (Special Provisions A38, A66 and A204);
— revision to classification criteria for UN 3507 — Uranium hexafluoride, radioactive material, excepted package (Special Provision A194);
— clarification of which appropriate authority is responsible for classification (2;, 2;, 2;, Special Provisions A17, A49, A62);

— addition of new entries in Table 3-1 including:
Engine, internal combustion (UN 3530);
Halogenated monomethyldiphenylmethanes, liquid (UN 3151);
Halogenated monomethyldiphenylmethanes, solid (UN 3152);
Machinery, internal combustion, flammable liquid powered (UN 3528);
Machinery, fuel cell, flammable liquid powered (UN 3528);
Machinery, fuel cell, flammable gas powered (UN 3529);
Machinery, internal combustion, flammable gas powered (UN 3529);
Machinery, internal combustion (UN 3530);
Polyester resin kit, solid base material (UN 3527);
Polymerizing substance, solid, stabilized, n.o.s.* (UN 3531);
Polymerizing substance, liquid, stabilized, n.o.s.* (UN 3532);
Polymerizing substance, solid, temperature controlled, n.o.s.* (UN 3533);
Polymerizing substance, liquid, temperature controlled, n.o.s.* (UN 3534);
Rocket motors (UN 0510);

— revisions to names and UN numbers including:
— replacement of UN 3166 for Engine, internal combustion, flammable liquid powered with UN 3528;
— replacement of UN 3166 for Engine, fuel cell, flammable liquid powered with UN 3528;
— replacement of UN 3166 for Engine, internal combustion, flammable gas powered with UN 3529;
— replacement of UN 3166 for Engine, fuel cell, flammable gas powered with UN 3529;
— replacement of Polyester resin kit with Polyester resin kit, liquid base material;
— revisions to special provisions including:
— Special Provision A19: clarification of criteria for transporting cylinders containing gases for use in fire extinguishers;
— Special Provision A21: addition of examples for vehicles and alignment with new classification criteria for vehicles, engines and machinery;
— Special Provision A104: deleted therefore eliminating exception from application of toxic subsidiary risk for UN 1230 — Methanol;
— Special Provision A112: extension of list of substances which can be assigned to ID 8000 — Consumer commodity;
— Special Provision A132: revision requiring articles containing smoke-producing substance(s) toxic by inhalation according to the criteria for Division 6.1 to be labelled with a “TOXIC” subsidiary risk label;
— Special Provision A190: addition of provisions for adsorbent material;
— addition of the following new special provisions:
— Special Provision A202: exceptions for radiation detectors containing inert gas in non-refillable cylinders;
— Special Provision A205: exceptions for table tennis balls manufactured from celluloid;
— Special Provision A206: new hazard label for lithium batteries;
— Special Provision A209: requirements for chemical stabilization;
— Special Provision A210: prohibition on the transport of Catechol borane and Benzodioxaborole;
— Special Provisions A211 and A212: provisions for transport of sterilization devices containing substances normally forbidden for transport;
— revisions to packing requirements including:
— revision to requirements for use of absorbent and cushioning material when packed in excepted quantities (3;5.2.1);
— addition of provisions for articles larger than 400 kg for cargo aircraft (4;Introductory Chapter, Note 12);
— revision to provisions for leakproofness test for packaging intended to contain liquids (4;1.1.18);
— addition of provisions for non-metal packagings that contain small quantities of metal parts in Packing
Instructions 114 b) and 451;
— revisions to Packing Instruction 200 related to test period for periodic inspection of composite cylinders, calculation of internal test pressure in cylinders and the need for qualified staff, appropriate equipment and procedures for the filling of cylinders;
— merging of packing requirements for aerosols into two packing instructions (Packing Instructions 203 and Y203);
— addition of requirements in Packing Instruction 218 for calculation of internal pressure in a cylinder for liquids charged with a compressed gas;
— addition of transitional measures in Packing Instruction 219 for cylinders built before 1 January 2016;
— revision to packing requirements for Perchloric acid (UN1873) in Packing Instruction 553;
— addition of provisions in Packing Instruction 952 to prevent damage to batteries in less robust vehicles;
— addition of provisions in Packing Instruction 954 for shipping Biological substance Category B (UN 3373) and Consumer commodity (ID 8000) with Carbon dioxide, solid (UN 1845);
— revisions to marking and labelling requirements including:
— clarification of marking requirements for overpacks (3;4.5.3, 3;5.4.3 and 5;2.4.10);
— clarification of requirements for the size of marks required by special provisions (3;3.2);
— revision to provisions for reduced-size labels on cylinders for Class 2 (5; b));
— revisions to packaging marking and test requirements:
— revision to provisions for the construction of pressure receptacles for acetylene (6;;
— revision to hydraulic pressure test requirements for cylinders during initial inspection and testing (6;5.1.5 g));
— revisions to requirements for design life and marking of composite cylinders (6;, 6; and 6;;
— revisions to operator responsibilities including:
— addition of provisions for operators to conduct safety risk assessments for the transport of dangerous goods (7;Introductory Notes and 7;1.7);
— addition of provisions for operators to identify who performs an acceptance check (7;1.3.2 and 7;4.11);
— revision to reporting requirements for the discovery of dangerous goods not permitted by passengers or crew (7;4.5);
— revision to provisions for information to passengers (7;5);
— revisions to list of dangerous goods permitted to be carried by passengers or crew (Table 8-1):
— revision to provisions for medical thermometers containing mercury (Table 8-1, Item 9));
— revisions to lithium battery provisions including:
— prohibition on transport of lithium ion batteries as cargo on passenger aircraft (applicable 1 April 2016) (Table 3-1, Special Provision A201 and Packing Instruction 965);
— addition of a requirement for lithium ion batteries to be offered for transport at a state of charge not exceeding 30 per cent of their rated capacity (applicable 1 April 2016) (Packing Instruction 965);
— addition of new restrictions on the consignment and transport of lithium ion and lithium metal batteries prepared in accordance with Section II of Packing Instruction 965 or 968;
— replacement of requirements for lithium battery handling label with special marking requirements (5;2.4.16 and Figure 5-3);
— addition of requirement for new lithium battery Class 9 hazard label (Special Provision A206 and Figure 5-26);
— clarification of marking and documentation requirements for packages containing both lithium batteries packed with and lithium batteries contained in equipment and on packages containing both lithium metal and lithium ion batteries (Special Provision A181);
— clarification of what can be consigned as lithium batteries packed with or contained in equipment (Packing Instructions 966, 967, 969, 970);
— revision to provisions for untested batteries (Special Provision A88);
— addition of new training provisions intended for incorporation in the 2019-2020 Edition of the Technical Instructions (Attachment 4).

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