Packaging of Category A and Category B infectious substances (Class 6, Division 6.2) and clinical, (bio) medical or regulated medical waste (CAN/CGSB-43.125)

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 Comments for improvement to the standard may be sent to Robert Long at the CGSB at 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.

Significant changes

  • 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.

Related information

Contact us

Robert Long, Standards Specialist
Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB)
Tel: 343-551-1904
Fax: 819-956-5740