The IMDG Code has undergone many changes over the years, in both format
and content, in order to keep up with the rapid expansion of the shipping
industry. Amendment 38-16 includes revisions to various sections of the Code
and to transport requirements for specific substances. It was adopted by IMO’s
Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) at its ninety-sixth session in May 2016.
Amendment 38-16 of the Code is mandatory as from 1 January 2018 but
may be applied by Administrations in whole or in part on a voluntary basis
from 1 January 2017.
The two-volume Code is divided into seven parts:
Volume 1 (parts 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 and 7of the Code) contains sections on:
• general provisions, definitionsand training
• packing and tank provisions
• consignment procedures
• construction and testing of packagings, IBCs, large packagings, portable tanks, MEGCs and road tank vehicles
• transport operations Volume 2 contains part 3 (Dangerous Goods List, special provisions and exceptions), appendices A and B (generic and N.O.S. Proper Shipping Names, and
glossary of terms) and an index.