Changes from CAN/CGSB-43.126-2008 to CAN/CGSB-43.126-2019

This is a summary of the biggest changes between CAN/CGSB-43.126-2008 and the new CAN/CGSB-43.126-2019 Standard. These Standards apply to facilities that recondition, remanufacturing and repair drums. Please note that this page doesn’t cover every change to the Standard.


Facilities and drum users are responsible for reading and understanding the parts of the Standard that apply to them so that they’re aware of all changes.


Relevant sections and clauses from the Standard are listed in brackets beside the headings below.

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Quality management system (QMS) (Section 4.2)

The requirements for quality management system are mostly unchanged, except for a new part that requires registered facilities to keep closure instructions on-site for each drum type being reconditioned, remanufactured or repaired at the facility.

General requirements

Steel and plastic drums (Sections 4.1, 5 and 9)

The eligibility criteria in clauses 4.1.1 c, d and e of the 2008 Standard have been moved to Parts II and III of the 2019 version, and can now be found under sorting sections for steel drum (Section 5.4) and plastic drums (Section 9.4).

Steel drums (Sections 4.1 and 5)

Some edits have been made to Table 1 to clarify the eligibility criteria.


Steel and plastic drums (Sections 6 and 10)

  • Gasket replacement: The requirement to replace all non-integral gaskets has been relaxed so that now only “defective non-integral” gaskets must be replaced (Clauses 6.2i and 10.2.4d)
  • Closures: Closures can now be supplied or installed (Clauses 6.2o and 10.2.1k) 
  • Test gauge: Requirements for the accuracy and calibration of pressure gauges used for the leak tests are now included (Clauses and Gauges must be calibrated and have a suitable range and accuracy
  • Durability of reconditioning mark: The reconditioning mark should be durable enough to last until a drum’s next reconditioning or remanufacturing (Clauses 6.3.1 and 10.3.1).

Steel drums (Section 6)

  • Cleaning: Reconditioning steps 6.2d and 6.2e no longer identify what cleaning methods can be used
  • Original paint: Clause 6.2e now states that a drum’s original paint doesn’t need to be removed
  • Dents and creases: The reconditioning step of 6.2f now specifies that dents and creases must ‘substantially’ be removed, replacing former wording that required ‘all’ dents and creases to be removed.  This was clarified to reflect the external inspection in 6.2.3b which indicates minor dents and creases are acceptable.

Plastic drums (Section 10)

  • Flange defects: Clause 10.2.4c gives the option to remanufacture a drum by replacing a defective flange.


Steel and plastic drums (Sections 7 and 11)

Performance test requirements: The 2008 Standard implied that every remanufactured drum must pass performance tests. In fact, the performance test requirements (Part 1 of TP14850) specify that only a sample be submitted to the tests. The 2019 Standard includes this clarification.

Steel drums (Section 7)

Non-UN steel drum conversion: Conversions of a non-UN standardized drum is limited to TC, CTC or DOT specification drums, not all non-specification drums. Clause 7.2.1 of the 2019 Standard includes this clarification.

Marking (Sections 6.3, 7.3, 10.3 and 11.4)

The marking requirements are mostly unchanged except for metal drum thickness markings (Section 7.3.3). A decrease of thickness requires a permanent marking, but a durable marking can be used for an increase in thickness.