The Transportable Pressure Equipment Directive [TPED] and ADR 2009/2011

The Transportable Pressure Equipment Directive [TPED], Council Directive 1999/36/EC, as amended by 2001/2/EC and 2002/50/EC was transposed into national legislation in 2004 by way of the European Communities (Transportable Pressure Equipment) Regulations 2004, S.I. 374 of 2004 [TPE Regulations].

These regulations have now been superseded by ADR 2011,a new 2010 TPED and new carriage of dangerous goods by road regulations, S.I.349 of 2011 - see link to new regulations below.

However, the main purpose of the legislation has not changed. The revised and new provisions are to avoid multiple approvals (certification and inspection in more than one Member State) for the placing on the market, repeated use and periodic inspection of receptacles (cylinders, drums etc) and tanks for the carriage of class 2 gases (e.g. oxygen, LPG, nitrogen, carbon dioxide etc), UN1052 hydrogen fluoride and UN1790 hydrofluoric acid (over 85% hydrogen fluoride) by road and rail. The 2011 Regulations (see below) transpose in to Irish law the 2010 Transportable Pressure Equipment Directive, this latest TPE Directive also introduced new provisions for those involved (economic operators) in placing TPE on the market.

In 2009, parts of TPED were transferred to ADR creating a new conformity assessment system in ADR 1.8.6 and 1.8.7. This means that the conformity assessment procedures in ADR 1.8.7 and for inspections and tests (including supervision of manufacture) the procedures in ADR 1.8.7 must be applied by the competent authority, its delegate or inspection body conforming to ADR and accredited according to EN/ISO/EC 17020:2004 type A

Inspection bodies seeking to be accredited under ADR should contact the HSA and INAB for further information.


European Communities (Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment) Regulations 2011 (S.I. 349 of 2011) |

Full legislation is available on, the website of the Office of the Attorney General.