Current status: Closed
Open on December 21st, 2020 and will be closed on February 19, 2021.
The Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) has released the draft of Safety Standard CAN/CGSB-43.125 for a 60-day consultation period. This standard is incorporated by reference within the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations (TDG Regulations) and the new edition will come into force once published with a six-month phase-in (transitional) period.
Safety standard CAN/CGSB-43.125 sets out the requirements for designing, manufacturing, marking, testing, selecting and using means of containment for the transportation of Category A and Category B infectious substances in Class 6, Division 6.2, solid medical waste of Category A and clinical, (bio) medical, or regulated medical waste.
Join in: how to participate
Share your ideas
To obtain a copy of the draft safety standard, please contact the CGSB directly via Robert Long at firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments for improvement to the standard may be sent to Robert Long at the CGSB at email@example.com using the following instructions.
All comments must be included in the comment form supplied by the CGSB and contain the following information:
- CGSB Reference Number/Title of the Standard (e.g. CGSB-43.125 / "Packaging of Category A and Category B infectious substances (Class 6, Division 6.2) and clinical, (bio) medical or regulated medical waste")
- affected Clause No. /Subclause No. /Annex (e.g. 7.2)
- affected Paragraph / Figure / Table / Note (e.g. Table 1)
- comment (justification for change)
- proposed change
Who is the focus of this consultation
All Canadians are invited to participate in the online consultations. Those with a particular interest may include:
- manufacturers, distributors, and retailers of Type P620 and Type P650 packaging or other packagings used to transport infectious substances and clinical, (bio) medical, or regulated medical waste
- users of Type P620 or Type P650 packaging, or other packaging used to transport infectious substances and clinical, (bio) medical or regulated medical waste.
- Alignment with the 21st edition of the United Nations Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods - Model Regulations (Orange Book) (eg. updated definitions, packing instruction for UN3549 – see bullet below)
- Modification of packaging information requirements when infectious substance packaging is made available as a kit
- Periodic retest of Type P620 packaging design every five years
- Clarification of the requirements for the preparation of a Type P650 packaging design report (Note: this report must be prepared, but submission to Transport Canada is not required)
- Introduction of packing instructions for the transport of the new classification UN3549, MEDICAL WASTE, CATEGORY A, AFFECTING HUMANS, solid or MEDICAL WASTE, CATEGORY A, AFFECTING ANIMALS only, solid.
- Clarify improvements to the selection and use requirements outlined in Part II and Part III (eg. removal of any classification-related requirements from this packaging standard)
- Incorporation of UN Large Packaging Codes permitted for transport in Part III, pursuant to the publication of the CAN/CGSB-43.145 Standard (published but not yet in force under the TDG regulations)
- New clause in Part II and Part III outlining the reuse provisions for infectious substance packaging.
- New general use clauses introduced into Part III for consistency with Part II.
Robert Long, Standards Specialist
Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB)