Last reviewed 4 March 2021

The Department for Transport (DfT) has been monitoring the situation relating to the supply of medical oxygen for some time now and based on feedback have decided that an easement to deal with the increased demand is now required and that an authorisation, rather than a multilateral agreement, is appropriate.

The DfT published Authorisation 969, which permits the carriage of pressure receptacles of up to 10 litres capacity containing UN 1072, that are due their periodic inspection and test between the date when this authorisation is issued and 31 March 2021, for a period of up to three months after the date of expiry of their periodic inspection and test, unless otherwise revoked.

The specific requirements listed in the authorisation are;

  1. This authorisation applies only to UN 1072, to be used for medical purposes, carried in the pressure receptacles as set out above according to the purpose and the time limit of this authorisation.

  2. A pre-fill inspection, a check during filling and a post-filling check shall be performed to ensure the receptacle is safe for filling and for transport. Prior to transport, all connections shall be checked for leakage; if there is any escape of gas, the consignment shall not be carried.

  3. Vehicles carrying the pressure receptacles shall be placarded appropriately during carriage and crewed by ADR qualified drivers knowledgeable to deal with any incident, including any relating to the security requirements in Chapter 1.10 of ADR.

  4. The consignor shall ensure that a risk assessment has been carried out for all aspects of the transport operation and that any risks are properly mitigated.

  5. Any incidents that occur during carriage of the goods must be notified immediately to the Department for Transport, Dangerous Goods Division.

  6. All other provisions of the packing instruction P200 shall apply for the pressure receptacles.

  7. All other provisions of CDG 2009 shall be complied with at all times.

  8. A copy of this authorisation shall accompany the carriage operation. for a period of up to three months after the date of expiry of their periodic inspection and test, unless otherwise revoked.