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UN test results

In accordance with Section 2.2.1.1.2. of the European Agreement Concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR), explosives may be classified for transport in Great Britain on the basis of UN test results.

The UN Series Tests are described in the UN Manual of Tests and Criteria (MoTC).

This approach is most appropriate where the explosive is either:

An article or substance may be accepted into Class 1, in accordance with reference to MoTC, or excluded from Class 1.

Carrying out the tests

Applicants are expected to make their own arrangements to have the necessary tests carried out.

It may help the applicant to give HSE the opportunity to witness these tests, particularly Test Series 6 and Test Series 8, which determine the hazard division to be assigned.

The applicant must provide evidence to show that tests have been satisfactorily carried out. This should include test reports and photographic or video records and must be sufficient to enable HSE to verify that the UN criteria have been met.

Important: When providing evidence of Test Series 6 results:

Further information on the conduct of tests can be found at the UN Manual of Tests and Criteria

An FAQ page is available giving specific advice on conducting UN Test series 6(c).

Updated 2011-10-20