Dangerous goods

OTIF - Intergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail (RID)
RID Committee of experts – Working groups.

ERA - European Union Agency for Railways / Workshops on Risk Management in the
context of rail, road and inland waterways Transport of Dangerous Goods.

GCU - General Contract of Use for Wagons.

UNECE - RID/ADR/ADN Joint Meeting - United Nations Economic Commission for

CIT – International rail Transport Committee.

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Carrier’s obligations prior to accepting goods for carriage

These obligations are defined in the RID, paragraph The provisions of this paragraph are considered to be met if UIC Leaflet 471-3, point 5 (Inspections of dangerous goods consignments) is applied.

40471-3 point 5 [en]

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Inspections of dangerous goods consignments 9th edition.
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40471-3 point 5 [fr]

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Vérifications à effectuer pour les envois des marchandises dangereuses 9e édition.
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40471-3 Punkt 5 [de]

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Prüfungen, die bei Sendungen gefährlicher Güter durchzuführen sind 9. Ausgabe.
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Infrastructure manager’s obligations

Acceptance of the goods and their carriage are the responsibility of the railway undertaking. The infrastructure manager, however, has a role to play, especially in the event of an incident or accident, because he is responsible for security on the network.

Chapter 1.4 of the RID handles the obligations of the various parties in the transport chain. The infrastructure manager’s (IM) obligations are defined in point These obligations essentially concern emergency planning and the provision of information. These obligations are organised consistently with the arrangements provided for by the rules and regulations pertaining to operational safety in general.

European and international rules governing the carriage of dangerous goods

These are defined by the Regulations concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Rail (RID). This document is Appendix C to the COTIF. In application of European Directive 2008/68/EC, compliance with this document is mandatory for all carriage within the European Union.

Developments in European and international rules

Rules and regulations are updated on an ongoing basis in order to take account of experience and of new types of goods arriving on the market. The harmonisation of rules between various modes of transport is increasingly important, with international trade and multimodal and intermodal transport all growing.

Work to amend the various regulatory texts takes place within intergovernmental, European and international bodies. UIC participates in this work with the status of a non-governmental organisation. Nevertheless, UIC may submit proposals and make observations concerning the proposed amendments through the UIC RID Group of Experts by:

  • Preparing in advance the proposals it puts forward and the positions it adopts
  • Discussing the conditions of application of the regulations in force
  • Sharing experience and useful information
  • Managing UIC IRS 40471-3 (UIC Leaflet 471-3) and IRS 20201 (UIC Leaflet 201)

Other organisations have the same status: UIP, CER, CEFIC, AEGPL, FIATA, etc.

The proposed amendments and documents used for this work are public, as are the minutes of meetings and the decisions taken. They may be consulted on the websites listed above.

UIC involvement in developing rules

UIC is officially represented in the bodies concerned. The proposals it puts forward and the positions it adopts are prepared in advance by the UIC RID Group of Experts. These experts discuss the conditions of application of the regulations in force. They share experience and useful information, and manage IRS 40471-3 (UIC Leaflet 471-3).

The UIC RID Group of Experts also addresses specific issues previously dealt with by the Dangerous goods coordination group (GSMD), such as security, telematics application, risks assessment, management of UIC Leaflet 201 and attends on behalf of UIC, thematic working groups set up within the railway sector as well as by European or international intergovernmental bodies.

When the issues concerned are European Union prerogatives, the UIC positions are established jointly with the Community of European Railways (CER).


Jean-Georges Heintz: heintz@uic.org

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