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REGULATION

In accordance with Article R231-45 of the Rural Code, carriage of perishable foodstuffs should be selected in categories and classes of equipment to respect, during the transport, storage temperatures set for different food categories.

These devices must have :

Transport frigorifique ATP A certificate of technical compliance ATP (required for international transport between signatory states of the ATP Agreement);
Transport frigorifique ATP Or a certificate of technical compliance limited to the national territory to transport equipment recognized as equivalent for the classes defined in the ATP Agreement.

The certificate of technical compliance is not required for the equipment used in the following cases:

Transport frigorifique ATP Transportation of any foodstuff chilled or frozen, on a distance from the place of loading less than 80 km without reloading;
Transport frigorifique ATP Tanker transport of milk and cream used in industry a distance from the place of loading less than 200 km without reloading;
Transport frigorifique ATP Transport of frozen fish products from a cold store to an approved establishment to be thawed on arrival for the purposes of preparation, when the distance does not exceed 80 km and when the journey time is less than one hour.

Certificates of technical compliance of in service equipment shall be subject to renewal at 6 and 9 years based on a test in one of the authorized testing center and at 12-year in an official testing station.

Regulation on controlled temperature transport:

International agreement

ATP Agreement
Agreement on the international carriage of perishable foodstuffs and on the special equipment to be used for such carriage (ATP) (link to UNECE website).

ATP Handbook
The ATP Handbook comprises the Agreement itself and its Annexes with comments added where appropriate for clarification or additional explanation of the text.

French national laws related to transport under controlled temperature

Code Rural, L. 231-1-4
on the determination and the official hygiene control for animal products, perishable foodstuffs, animal by-products and animal feed when they are prepared, processed, stored or disposed of, especially during the transport and the sale.

Code Rural, art. R231-44 à R231-49
on the technical conditions for the transport of foodstuffs under controlled temperature. Articles of the Rural Code created by the Decree No. 2007-1791 of 19 December 2007.

Decree of 19 september 2007
on the application of the laws and regulations of the Rural Code relating to veterinary public health and food safety in the institutions and bodies under the Ministry of Defence.

Decree of 2 june 2008 modified
on the designation of Cemafroid as delegated body for the technical review of transport equipment of foodstuffs under controlled temperature and the issuance of official certificates of technical compliance for transport equipment of foodstuffs under controlled temperature.

Decree of 19 June 2008
amending Decree of 19 September 2007 on the application of the laws and regulations of the Rural Code relating to veterinary public health and food safety in the institutions and bodies under the Ministry of Defence.

Decree of 21 December 2009
on health rules applicable to retail, storage, and transportation of animal products and foodstuffs.

Decree of 2 February 2015
defining the concept of local distribution for the application of Council Regulation (EC) No 37/2005 and repealing the decree of 20 July 1998 on the technical and hygienic conditions for the transport of food.

Decree 24 March 2020 amending Decree of 1 July 2008
fixing the modalities of technical control of carriage of perishable foodstuffs.

Decree of November 27, 2020
Relating to the technical conditions of the transport of perishable foodstuffs under controlled temperature.

Service Note DGAl/SDSSA N2008-8021 of 29 January 2008
aims to update the procedures regarding the granting and renewal of certificates of technical compliance for the transport of foodstuffs under controlled temperature.

Service Note DGAL/SDSSA N2008-8165 of 9 July 2008
establish the means and the implementation schedule of the new system for issuing certificates of technical compliance of equipment transport of foodstuffs under controlled temperature within the public service delegation assigned to CEMAFROID.

Service Note DGAL/SDSSA/N2008-8320 of 16 december 2008
specifies the ATP certificates issuance procedures for equipment exported from France abroad.

Technical Instruction DGAL/SDSSA/2016-751 of 6 October 2016 modifies the Service Note DGAL/SDSSA N2011-8117 of 23 May 2011 and specifies the procedures on health rules concerning retail, storage and transport of animal products and foodstuffs.

Service Note DGAL/SDSSA N2011-8117 of 23 May 2011
specifies the procedures for implementing the decree of 21 December 2009 on health rules concerning retail, storage and transport of animal products and foodstuffs.

Service Note DGAL/SDSSA/2017-425 of 10 May 2017
aims to inform the DD(CS)PP and the DAAF of the setting up by a number of professional organizations of a common protocol for controlling the temperatures of the refrigerated foodstuff at the stage of their delivery / reception.

Reference document Manufacturers
Technical Reference Document for Authorisation of Manufacturers, Reconditionners, Thermal Reinsulators of Equipment for Carriage of Perishable Foodstuffs, and Agents Applying for Certification (see also Official Bulletin of the Ministry of Agriculture: BO n°01 du 06-01-12).

Reference document Tests Centers
Technical reference document for authorization of test centers to achieve the renewal applications for certificates of technical compliance of equipment for carriage of perishable foodstuffs (see also Official Bulletin of the Ministry of Agriculture: BO n°01 du 06-01-12).

Additional European legislation having an impact on the design of transport equipment

Regulation (EC) No 37/2005
on the control of temperatures in the means of transport, warehousing and storage of quick-frozen foods intended for human consumption

Other regulations concerned by transport under controlled temperature

ADR
European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (cf. chapters 5.5.3.6 et 5.5.3.7 of annex A on the marking of cryogenic equipment)

F-Gas Regulation - No 517/2014
on fluorinated greenhouse gases

     
 

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.Leaflets and information notes

 
 

.ATP information brochure

 
 

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

 
     
 

News

 
     
 

December 2020
Note on the Transport and storage of CO2 refrigerated packaging in refrigerated trucks and cold rooms
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December 2020
Information note on the installation of charging sockets for pallet trucks in isothermal cells (in French)
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February 2020
Information note on the rules to be observed for the assembly of built-in refrigerated units and / or fitted with deflectors (in French)
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February 2020
Information note on the possibility of using on French territory, in vehicles copies of the original ATP certificates (in French)
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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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