The Facilitation Committee, at its thirty-second session (July 2005), expressed concern about the potential adverse consequences the denial of shipment of class 7 radioactive materials used in medical applications, for example Cobalt-60 and those radioisotopes used in radiotherapy and nuclear medicine in general, might have on public health.
The Committee noted the difficulties encountered in the shipment of IMDG Code class 7 radioactive materials and, in particular, Cobalt-60, and provided advice on the shipment of such material by means of annex to circular FAL.6/Circ.12
The Assembly, at its twenty-fourth session (February 2006), being aware of the difficulties encountered in the carriage of certain class 7 radioactive materials including those used for medical or public health applications, issued resolution A.984(24)
on Facilitation of the carriage of IMDG Code class 7 materials including those in packaged form used in medical or public health applications.
Ad hoc mechanism within the Secretariat
Reference to operative paragraph 7 of resolution A.984(24), whereby the Secretary-General has been requested to explore the possibility of establishing an ad hoc mechanism within the Organization to co-ordinate, efforts to speedily resolve difficulties in the carriage of IMDG Code class 7 radioactive materials, in close co-operation with the IAEA, and the relevant decisions of FAL 34, whereby a mechanism was approved for application within IMO Secretariat.
The Secretary-General has decided to nominate Mr. Irfan Rahim, Head of Cargoes Section, as Focal Point on the Resolution of difficulties in the carriage of IMDG Code class 7 radioactive materials.
Transport document and dangerous goods manifest
The Committee, noting that the entry in the Transport Document and/or Dangerous Goods Manifest (FAL Form 7) to confirm that the radioactive shipment concerned is to be used in medical or public health applications would facilitate its identification as such by the public authorities concerned, agreed on the following entry in transport documents and in the Dangerous Goods Manifest:
Dangerous goods denials database
The Organization, in co-operation with the IAEA and ICAO, has developed a dangerous goods denials database to which the Secretariats of the three Organizations have full access. However, due to the sensitive nature of the information residing in the database, the information is subject to review and analysis by the Secretariats and is not made public.
The Organization, in co-operation with the IAEA, ICAO and other stake-holders has prepared a class 7 e-learning package which is available for use by interested parties, free of cost, by clicking on the link www.class7elearning.com
The Secretariat of the Organization continues to co-operate with interested entities, particularly the IAEA, which has established an International Steering Committee on this issue. A presentation by the representative of the IAEA which was delivered at FAL 36 is available as document MSC 88/INF.16