This publication provides guidance on assessing the competency of personnel who are required to undertake periodic inspection and testing of gas cylinders. It explains the regulatory background and then provides extensive information on conducting an appropriate assessment.

As a direct result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic EIGA requested an exceptional temporary derogation to ADR be issued to assist in the availability of pressure receptacles for primarily medical oxygen, but also to other gases related to the medical supply chain.

The derogation is granted via a Multilateral Agreement M326, which permits Countries that have enacted ADR into their national transport legislation to agree to a variation to ADR. It does not require that every country has to sign an MLA for it to be adopted in an individual country.

This Technical Bulletin provides explanation to EIGA members and others who fill the listed products in M326, what they should do and not do.

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NOTE: The UK Department for Transport (DfT), as the UK Competent Authority, has signed Multilateral Agreement M326 – Under section 1.5.1 of ADR concerning the periodic inspection and test of pressure receptacles for the carriage of gases of Class 2

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