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Dangerous Goods


Setting the standards leads to safety!

Some items may endanger the safety of an aircraft or persons on board it. The air transportation of these dangerous materials can either be forbidden or restricted.

The definition of standards for documentation, handling and training, as well as their promotion and use, contributed to achieve a very high degree of safety in the transportation of dangerous goods by air.

Dangerous Goods Regulations

IATA works closely with local governments and ICAO in the development of regulations.This way, we ensure that the rules and guidelines on dangerous goods transportation are effective and efficient. 

The IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR)  manual is the global reference for shipping dangerous goods by air and the only standard recognized by airlines. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


The 58th Edition is effective 1 January 2017. View the Significant Changes in DGR 58 (pdf). ​You could also find an overview of the changes provided by IATA's subject matter experts here​.


Through the DGR, an effective training program and a network of accredited training schools, IATA ensures that professionals have the tools and resources to transport dangerous goods safely.

The upcoming 58th edition of the DGR includes information in Appendix H  (pdf) on a proposal by the ICAO Dangerous Panel to adopt a Competency-Based Approach for dangerous goods training. 

The purpose of providing this information is so that all parties involved in dangerous goods training, including persons who are required to undertake dangerous goods training, can consider and comment on the proposed changes to implement competency-based training. IATA extends ICAO’s invitation to States and all parties involved in the training of dangerous goods to provide comments and feedback of the content and impact of this proposed provisions by 31st of March 2017.

Provide your comments in ICAO's survey ​

Working towards safe air transportation

IATA leads industry efforts to ensure the safe handling of dangerous goods in air shipping. We provide a great variety of technical knowledge, products, services and training solutions, tailored to satisfy industry needs.

The goal is to make it just as easy to ship dangerous goods by air as any other product, removing any incentive to by-pass the regulations.

Dangerous Goods Community

The IATA DG Community is the meeting place where shippers, freight forwarders and airlines have a say. Join us to find out what information you need to know, give us feedback and share with your peers.

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