The latest edition of the UN Model Regulations (UN Model Regulations) issued in 2021 introduced a new Chapter 6.9 concerning portable composite tanks. This was preceded by extensive work in the United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts, in which representatives of the International Dangerous Goods and Containers Association participated actively. The initiator of the new chapter 6.9 was the Russian Federation represented by the innovation center «Skolkovo».
In addition to Chapter 6.9 of the Model Regulations, a new section was proposed for service equipment for composite or metal shell portable tanks. The head of the informal working group is Assistant Professor Ivan Sergeichev.
This work is now almost complete and the final version of the provision 6.9.3 Requirements for the design, construction, inspection and testing of fibre-reinforced plastic(FRP) service equipment for portable tanks will be considered at the next meeting of the United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts from 28 November to 6 December this year.
IDGCA experts also took an active part in the development of this topic and made practical contributions to the work, in particular, proposed compromise options for the introduction of requirements to the UN Model Regulations for the quality system of manufacturers who produce equipment for the transport of dangerous goods and inspection requirements.