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What is ATP ?

ATP is the agreement on the international carriage of perishable foodstuffs and on the special equipment to be used for such carriage. ATP is a UN agreement signed by 48 countries. The current version is available on the UNECE website.

Is the ATP agreement applicable in France?

For national transport, national regulations require the use of equipment with a certificate of technical compliance ATP or a national certificate. This requirement can be derogated for the transport of less than 80 km without reloading, i.e. without opening the doors.

How to recognize compliant equipment?

Marquage ATP pour le transport sous température dirigée

Equipment in service within the ATP or national regulation has a certificate of technical compliance (paper). Stickers marking shall be affixed at the top and at the front, on either side of the lateral faces of the body. Blue for ATP, red for national certificate, distinguishing marks allow recognizing the technique of refrigeration production of the equipment, their insulation and their class.

Who issues ATP certificates of conformity and national certificates?

The information database DATAFRIG ® centralizes requests for certificates. These are issued by the Cemafroid, ATP competent authority for France by delegation from the Ministry in charge of Agriculture.

What are the steps so that equipment can benefit from an ATP certificate (or national)?

Logo constructeur habilité par l'autorité compétente ATP pour la construction des engins de transport sous température dirigée

For new equipment, each prototype of body, device cooling or equipment must pass a test in an ATP official test station.
Manufacturers
of equipment that have an official test report defining the thermal characteristics, have to be authorized to demonstrate compliance of their production prototypes.

Authorization is granted on the basis of the audit of the manufacturer according to the technical reference document approved by the ministry and available on the website of the competent authority.

For equipment in service at 6 years and 9 years, a refrigerated vehicle must pass a test in a testing center authorized by Cemafroid based on a technical reference document.

Beyond 12 years, the vehicle must pass a test in an ATP official test station for a renewal of six years and may be made ​​by lot. The certificate can be renewed every 6 years.

Logo centre de test habilité par l'autorité compétente ATP pour le renouvellement de l'attestation de conformité technique ATP des engins de transport sous température dirigée

What happens in case of modification or sale of the equipment?


Any major equipment modification involves an update of the ATP certificate with or without test. The owner of the equipment must make an application either the manufacturer or a test center.

In the event of change of ownership of a vehicle, the new owner requests the amendment of its certificate to a test center. If he does not wish to perform the test, it renounces in writing to the test center.

What are the rules in case of importation of a vehicle in France?

If the equipment has an ATP certificate from the country of origin, the applicant shall transmit to Cemafroid the certificate application file, including test reports of the body and the unit and the certificates issued by the competent authority of the country of manufacture.

The competent authority shall verify the validity of documents provided and, if they comply, issues certificate of conformity via DATAFRIG®. A physical control, a test or a tunnel test can be done at the request of the ATP competent authority.

If the equipment does not have ATP certificate from the country of origin and if the manufacturer is not authorized, it is tested in an ATP official test station. In case of favorable test, the certificate is issued by the ATP competent authority.

Are there special cases?

There are special cases for transport equipment as:
• small containers of less than 2 m³ volume,
• tanks,
• packaging carrying perishable goods.
Special arrangements also exist for the overseas departments (DOM).
For more information, please contact us.

     
 

Rapid Access

 
     
 

.DATAFRIG

 
 

.Leaflets and information notes

 
 

.ATP information brochure

 
 

.Link to the list of temperature recorders validated by the Ministry of Agriculture

 
     
 

News

 
     
 

February 2019
Information note on the requests for ATP technical compliance certificates and marking of equipment (in French)
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February 2019
Information note on the marking of height loading limits (in French)
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September 2018
Information note on the calculation of wall positioning in a multitemperature equipment (in French)
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September 2018
Information note on the specific provisions for removable walls (in French)
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September 2018
Information Note on Constructive arrangements of multi-temperature equipment IR-FRC-FRC (in French) New Version
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May 2018
An engineer from Cemafroid Chairman of the CERTE subcommittee
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March 2018
Information Note on equivalence of thermal insulation (in French)
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March 2018
Information Note on Constructive arrangements of multi-temperature equipment IR-FRC-FRC (in French)
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February 2018
Brochure on how to change the refrigerant in a transport group in service (drop-in)
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November 2017
Information Note on the possibility of applying for a definitive ATP certificate before the registration of a new vehicle
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October 2017
Information Note on additional tests for multi-temperature equipment not equipped with heating system
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June 2017
A new protocol for temperature control of refrigerated food stuff during delivery / receptions
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February 2017
Information Note on ADR regulations applicable to temperature-controlled transport using cryogenic liquids and solids (in French)
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October 2016
Information Note on Procedures to be Applied for Transfers with Foreign Countries (in English)
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October 2016
Information Note on Procedures to be Applied to Prototypes under Test (in English)
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June 2016
Main law violations of the temperature-controlled carriage of perishable foodstuffs
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April 2016
DGAl (French Food administration) updates the rules for tests centers and manufacturers
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January 2016
Food - The utility of the cold chain to reduce food losses
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November 2015
Food - Reinforced controls for Christmas and New year holidays
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November 2015
Evolutions of the rules for carriage of perishable foodstuff : Returns on the update of the rules of the ATP
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September 2015
New version of ATP agreement
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September 2015
the french ministry of Agriculture established a working group on "Packaging for the transport of perishable foodstuffs" driven by Cemafroid
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May 2015
Meeting of official test stations (ATP tests) - Back on the 2015 CERTE meeting which brings together all representatives of official ATP test stations
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March 2015
Publication of the new french standard NF EN 16440-1 on test methods on refrigeration equipment for isothermal transport
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February 2015
Publication of french decree of 2 february 2015 repealing the decree of 20 July 1998 and redefining the concept of "local distribution"
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