The 62nd edition of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations is now available and is valid from 1st January 2021.  The ICAO Dangerous Goods Panel have developed the content of the 2021–2022 edition of the ICAO Technical Instructions (TI) and these changes have been adopted by the IATA Dangerous Goods Board into this latest edition of the IATA DGR.

Significant Changes and Amendments to the DGR 62nd Edition

Here are some of the changes we think are important, and that we especially want to bring to your attention. A full list can be found in the attached document to this email.

  • Training Requirements (1.5)
    • Subsection 1.5 in the 61st edition (2020) has been adopted to implement a competency-based approach to dangerous goods training and assessment as of Dec 2022.
    • There is a 2-year transition period until 31 December 2022, during which time the current training provisions may continue to be used i.e. continue as you/we are.
    • After Dec 2022 the new competency-based training will apply. Here at the Civil Aviation Academy we are continuing with our full review of how this will impact and how we can assist all of you to meet this new criteria. This year we will be in touch with more specific information and able to answer your questions in more detail – STAY TUNED!
  • Dangerous Goods Carried by Passengers or Crew (2.3)
    • Mobility aids powered by nickel-metal hydride or dry batteries have been revised to permit a passenger to carry up to two spare batteries to power the mobility aid.
    • The allowance for a passenger to carry a self-inflating safety device, such as a lifejacket or vest, has been revised to permit up to two personal safety devices per person and not more than two spare gas cartridges per device.
    • The provisions for portable electronic devices (PED) and spare batteries for PED have been revised.
  • Carriage of Dangerous Goods By Post (2.4)
    • Revised to clarify that all sections of PI954 must be adhered to when using Dry Ice to refrigerate Biological Substances.
  • Classification (3)
    • New criteria has been added to address solid medical waste. (also reflected in Section 4.2 List of Dangerous Goods).
  • Packing (5)
    • Several changes to PI have been made – for the information of our Shipping clients this includes changes to PI 650 (Biological Substances, Category B).
  • Handling (9)
    • Specific to our operator clients the inclusion of the transport of dangerous goods as part of your Safety Risk Process is now mandatory.
  • Appendix A – Glossary
    • Changes to Carry-on Baggage and Checked Baggage – now Baggage, Baggage Carry-on and Baggage Checked with new definitions.

Our DGR Course For 2021 Is Ready

We have been working during recent weeks to incorporate these changes into all our Dangerous Goods Courses. At the same time, we have developed the technical aspects and pedagogical approach to the new 2021 course edition. Some of the highlights of the new version are a completely redesigned assessment, and our new update service available via our new website or Facebook Site.

The 2021 versions of our courses will be available from the 28th Dec 2020 in time for the changeover on the 1st January 2021. Courses can be order direct with Andy at or 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on our website Products – Civil Aviation Academy (

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The IATA DGR is updated annually, and all revised requirements take effect on January 1 of each new year. Books or the e-version are now available either via the attached order form or direct from our website IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations – Civil Aviation Academy (

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From all of us here at the Civil Aviation Academy we wish you a happy and safe holiday and a very Happy New Year!

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