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CLASS 9 - MISCELLANEOUS DANGEROUS SUBSTANCES AND ARTICLES
(CLASS 9) AND ENVIRONMENTALLY HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES

Note 1: For the purpose of IMDG Code, the environmentally hazardous substances (aquatic environment) criteria contained in chapter 2.9 of IMDG Code apply to the classification of marine pollutants (see chapter 2.10 of IMDG Code).

Note 2: Although the environmentally hazardous substances (aquatic environment) criteria apply to all hazard classes (see par a. 2.10.2.3 and 2.10. 2.5 in IMDG Code), the criteria have been included in chapter 2.9 of IMDG Code.

9.1 Definition

.1 Class 9 substances and articles (miscellaneous dangerous substances and articles) are substances and articles which, during transport, present a danger not covered by other classes.

.2 Genetically modified micro-organisms (GMMOs) and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are micro-organisms and organisms in which genetic material has been purposely altered through engineering in a way that does not occur naturally.


9.2 Assignment to class 9 - it includes, inter alia :

.1 Class 9 substances and articles (miscellaneous dangerous substances and articles) are substances and articles which, during transport, present a danger not covered by other classes.

.2 Genetically modified micro-organisms (GMMOs) and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are micro-organisms and organisms in which genetic material has been purposely altered through engineering in a way that does not occur naturally.

9.2 Assignment to class 9 - it includes, inter alia :

.1 substances and articles not covered by other classes which experience has shown, or may show, to be of such a dangerous character that the provisions of part A of chapter VII of SOLAS, 1974, as amended, shall apply.

.2 substances not subject to the provisions of part A in chapter VII of the aforementioned Convention, but to which the provisions of Annex III of MARPOL 73/78, as amended, apply.

.3 substances that are transported or offered for transport at temperatures equal to, or exceeding 100° C, in a liquid state, and solids that are transported or offered for transport at temperatures equal to or exceeding 240° C.

4 GMMOs and GMOs which do not meet the definition of infectious substances (see para. 2. 6.3 in IMDG Code) but which are capable of altering animals, plants or microbiological substances in a way not normally the result of nature reproduction. They shall be assigned to UN 3245, GMMOs or GMOs are not subject to the provisions of IMDG Code when authorized for use by the competent authorities of the countries of origin, transit and destination.