1. Packagings, intermediate bulk containers (IBC) and large packagings

1.1 Bodies recognized by BAM

Recognized test houses (in German)
Recognized inspection bodies (in German)
Recognized surveillance bodies (German / English)
Foreign authorities with existing agreement on the mutual recognition of quality control activities (German / English)

1.2 List of identifications

Recognized companies for the reconditioning of packagings (German / English)
Recognized companies for the reconditioning of IBCs (German / English)
Symbols of companies for routine maintenance of IBCs (German / English)

1.3 Publication of approvals

Database Dangerous Goods Packagings (Register of German Approvals)

1.4 General permissions

Approval of alternative packagings for the transport of infected animal material by road

BAM General Permission Nr. D/BAM/ADR/003
Approval of alternative packagings for the transport of infected animal material by road (23.05.2014) concerns especially animal material which is known or is reasonably expected to be affected by highly pathogenic bird flu virus (HPAIV) (German / English)

BAM General Permission Nr. D/BAM/ADR/Az. 3.12/303780
Approval of alternative packagings for the transport of infected animal material by road (21.02.2018) concerns especially animal material which is known or is suspected to be affected by African swine fever virus (German / English)

Approval for transport of Unpackaged Articles

BAM General Permission Nr. D/BAM/IMDG-Code, Az. 3.12/301551 (23th May 2014)
BAM General Permission Nr. D/BAM/ADR, Az. 3.12/301549 (23th May 2014)
More General permissions in German

1.5 Guideline

Guideline for the assessment of defective packages in air transportation: see Special Issues

1.6 Dangerous Goods Procedural Rules (BAM-GGR)

BAM-GGR 001 Recognition of monitoring bodies; Recognition of Quality Assurance Programmes (QAP)

BAM-GGR 001 Part 1 Recognition and monitoring of quality assurance programs for the manufacturing and re-manufacturing of packagings for dangerous goods (2014)

Parts B - E are only availible in German

BAM-GGR 001 Annex 1 Testing frequencies for the serial control

BAM-GGR 001 Attachments and model templates

BAM-GGR 002 Recognition of inspection bodies; Specific process of inspections on IBCs

BAM-GGR 002 Initial and periodic testing and inspection of Intermediate Bulk Containers (IBCs) (in German)

BAM-GGR 003/004 Plastics Moulded Materials / Chemical Compatibility

BAM-GGR 003 Procedural rules on the suitability proof for alternative plastics resins used for dangerous goods packagings and intermediate bulk containers (IBC’s)
BAM-GGR 004 Alternativer Nachweis der chemischen Verträglichkeit; Assimilierungsliste (in German)

BAM-GGR 005 Recognition of test houses / Specific processes for the design type test

BAM-GGR 005 Verfahren für die Durchführung der Bauartprüfung von Verpackungen zur Beförderung gefährlicher Güter (in German)

BAM-GGR 006 Design type series

BAM-GGR 006 Specific processes for the design type test and approval of fibreboard boxes (4G)

BAM-GGR 013 Remanufactured steel drums

BAM-GGR 013 Besondere Verfahren der Bauartprüfung und -zulassung von wiederaufgearbeiteten Fässern aus Stahl mit abnehmbarem Deckel (1A2) (in German)

2. Packages for the transport of radioactive materials

2.1 Dangerous Goods Procedural Rules (BAM-GGR)

BAM-GGR 007 Leitlinie zur Verwendung von Gusseisen mit Kugelgraphit für Transport- und Lagerbehälter (in German)
BAM-GGR 008 Richtlinie für numerisch geführte Sicherheitsnachweise im Rahmen der Bauartprüfung von Transport- und Lagerbehältern für radioaktive Stoffe (in German)
BAM-GGR 011 Quality Assurance Measures of Packagings for Competent Authority Approved Package Designs for the Transport of Radioactive Material, Revision 1
BAM-GGR 012 Guideline on the Assessment of the Lid Systems and Load Attachment Systems of Transport Packages for Radioactive Materials
BAM-GGR 016 Maßnahmen zur Qualitätssicherung von Verpackungen nicht zulassungspflichtiger Bauarten für Versandstücke zur Beförderung radioaktiver Stoffe (in German)
BAM-GGR 017 Leitfaden für die Prüfung und Zulassung von radioaktiven Stoffen in besonderer Form (published in: Amts- und Mitteilungsblatt – Amtliche Bekanntmachungen der BAM, Ausgabe 2/2014 S. 101 ff; in German)

3. Pressure receptacles

3.1 UN pressure receptacles

Procedure for the UN approval of pressure receptacles (in German)
Approved testing and inspection bodies for UN pressure receptacles *
Approved manufacturers of UN pressure receptacles *
Design type approvals for UN pressure receptacles *

*In bilingual documents or in the case of English and official German version being available, in case of doubt, the German text is valid.

3.2 Sea mode approval (non UN-pressure receptacles)

The procedure described in the following is being applied in Germany for the approval of pressure receptacles in accordance with IMDG-Code 6.2.3.
Information on the Application of Sea Mode Approvals (in German)
Application for getting a Sea Mode Approval of pressure receptacles (in German)
Design type approvals according to IMDG-Code Chapter 6.2 * (updated in 11/2016)

*In bilingual documents or in the case of English and official German version being available, in case of doubt, the German text is valid.

3.3 ATRs concerning pressure receptacles

Accepted Technical Regulations (ATRs) are national technical codes recognized in accordance with RID/ADR 6.2.5 by BAM as competent authority in agreement with the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development (BMVBS). These technical codes are published in the Official Gazette of the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development “Verkehrsblatt” in an English and a German version and have been submitted to the competent OTIF and UN ECE Secretariats. For their application, see…
Information of the BMVBS concerning the use of an ATR (excerpt from the VkBl. Heft 14-2010; S 282) (in German)
The use of technical codes recognized by the German competent authority in accordance with RID/ADR 6.2.5 is hereby confirmed for the use in the territory of the Federal Republic of Germany, only. A German ATR may be used in the territory of another RID/ADR-member state if it is accepted by the relevant national competent authority including the corrigendum by Nr. 155 VkBl. Heft 22-2010; S 554, rendering the fifth paragraph in above mentioned excerpt void.
List of Technical Regulations (ATRs) accepted by Germany
ATRs listed above are simultaneously recognised by the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM) for the approval in accordance with the IMDG-Code 6.2.3.

3.4 Composite pressure receptacles: service life testing

The procedure for life time surveillance with respect to the UN-service life test program for composite pressure receptacles is described in GGR 021 (see 3.6, below).
This procedure is related to the surveillance of safety during service, respectively the extension of service life time, as required in RID/ADR Note 2 & Note and analogue in IMDG-Code and each Note 2 and IATA, respectively ICAO Note 2. BAM is the competent authority regarding these issues, according to §12(1) No 1 f GGVSee (July 2016) and LuftVZO §78(3):

The concept of additional tests for the estimation of survival probability have bin already described in the following document, which are provided here for the exclusive purpose of information about procedures finalised before September 2017.

CAT (Concept Additional Tests) : Concept of Additional Tests for the Determination of the Probability of Survival of Pressure Receptacles made from Composite Materials
CAT-Annex Slow Burst Test (SBT) : Test procedure “Slow Burst Test”
CAT-Annex Load Cycle Test (LCT) : Test procedure “Hydraulic Load Cycle Test” (PDF)
CAT-Annex Statistical Assessment Samples (SAS) : Procedure “Statistical Assessment of Sample Test Results” (PDF)

3.5 Composite pressure receptacles: determination of retest periods

Likewise, the concept of additional tests (CAT, see BAM GGR 021, below) is used within the scope of BAM’s responsibility as basic tool for the determination of retest periods according to RID/ADR P 200 (9) and the Note in IMDG-Code P 200(2)(d) , respectively UN-Model Regulations P 200(2)(d).

The determination is done individually and based on design type properties. The determination is performed according to the following principle:
1. In general, a retest period of 5 years is determined, if the owner or manufacturer has provided a set of data concerning the relevant key-strength and − in accordance with CAT− the statistical assessment of the data shows a sufficient reliability of composite pressure receptacles at the time of the assessment.
2. A prolonged retest period of 10 years can be determined, if requirements in 1. are met. In addition, a formal agreement on the further procedure for determination of degradation and life time estimation in accordance with CAT shall be established. This shall ensure retest periods appropriate to the confirmed safe service life time.
3. A reduced retest period of 3 years is determined if no data in accordance with 1. are provided or the statistical assessment in 1. shows a reliability level lower than appropriate for a prolonged retest period.

BAM documents regarding retest-periods

Determination of Test Periods of Composite Pressure Receptacles for a Dedicated Design Type (updated 2016_02-25; currently under revision as BAM-GGR 022)
Form for the request of the excel-tool of BAM concerning statistical assessment
Intervals of periodic inspection for composite pressure receptacles, determinded by BAM *
Intervals of periodic inspection and testing for composite pressure receptacles, determinded by notified bodies (Xa-bodies) in consultation with BAM *

3.6 Pressure Receptacles Procedural Rules (BAM-GGR)

BAM-GGR 021 Design Type Specific Determination of the Safe Service Life for Composite Pressure Receptacles on the basis of the Concept Additional Tests (CAT)* (from 21st Sept. 2017)

BAM-GGR 022 Design Type Specific Determination of the Test Period for Composite Pressure Receptacles* (from 11th Oct. 2017)

*In bilingual documents or in the case of English and official German version being available, in case of doubt, the German text is valid.

4. Tanks, MEMUs and bulk containers

4.1 Dangerous Goods Procedural Rules

The Dangerous Goods Procedural Rules of tanks, MEMUs and bulk containers are available in German only.

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