On March 30, 2017, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) published in the Federal Register a final rule [Docket No. PHMSA-2015-0273 (HM-215N)] to amend the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) to maintain consistency with international regulations and standards by incorporating various amendments, including changes to proper shipping names, hazard classes, packing groups, special provisions, packaging authorizations, air transport quantity limitations, and vessel stowage requirements. These revisions are necessary to harmonize the HMR with recent changes made to the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code, the International Civil Aviation Organization’s Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air, and the United Nations Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods—Model Regulations. Additionally, PHMSA is adopting several amendments to the HMR that result from coordination with Canada under the U.S.-Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council.

The rule is effective March 30, 2017, except for instruction 22, which is effective January 2, 2019. The voluntary compliance date was January 1, 2017. Unless otherwise specified, compliance with the amendments adopted in the final rule is required beginning January 1, 2018.

The incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in this rule is approved by the Director of the Federal Register as of March 30, 2017