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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. 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 definition of standards for documentation, handling and training, as well as their promotion and use, contributed to achieving 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 of the dangerous goods regulation includes a proposal by the ICAO Dangerous Panel to adopt a Competency-Based Approach for dangerous goods training. See Appendix H (pdf). This would allow all parties involved in dangerous goods training, including those who have to undertaken training, to get familiar with the proposed changes. 

The Competency Based Training Assessment White Paper (pdf) provides some discussion points to the currently proposed changes to the DG Training ICAO provisions.

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

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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