The Department for Transport in the United Kingdom have released a video; explaining the changes to appointing a DGSA, which apply now and must be complied with before 2023 (this is for “office-only” consignors who have no other duties as defined by ADR).

You can view the video below:

The DfT have asked that we share the following information to accompany the video:

The Dangerous Goods team at the Department for Transport have created a video to explain, in simple terms:

  • the requirement for consignor only companies involved in the carriage of dangerous goods to appoint a Dangerous Goods Safety Advisor (DGSA) no later than 31st December 2022.
  • The content of this video applies to the transport of dangerous goods by road and/or rail.


Consignor only companies, unlike those involved in the packing, filling, loading, unloading and transport, had previously been exempt from this requirement. However, in 2019, amendments were made to the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods Regulations for road (ADR) and rail (RID) requiring consignors to appoint a DGSA. This is a legal requirement within GB through the Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations (as amended).

Given this regulatory change was first written within the 2019 versions of ADR and RID, there has been a 4-year transitional period to adapt to this requirement. Therefore, this video serves as a reminder that this transitional period is nearing its end, and those organisations still needing to appoint a DGSA shall do so no later than 31st December 2022.


There are several exemptions to appointing a DGSA. However, if you are unable to ascertain whether these exemptions are applicable to your business, it can be useful to consult with a DGSA (as a one-off service) to bottom out whether you fall within scope of this requirement. Alongside companies or individuals offering DGSA consultancy services, there are also qualified DGSAs within the Dangerous Goods team. It is advisable that organisations can confidently explain how they are exempt.

More information / Questions?

Please consult guidance on employing a dangerous goods safety adviser – GOV.UK (,

However, if neither the video nor the links to further information answer your query, then please contact the team directly on

The EcoStar Dangerous Goods Team have been providing external DGSA appointment services for over a decade; with our network of directly employed, industry-experienced consultants, we cover the whole of the UK. For further information about our DGSA Services, please visit our dedicated website here, or contact us on 0800 246 1972 and we’ll be happy to help.