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How do dangerous goods regulations apply to uncrewed aerial vehicles transporting medical cargos?

How do dangerous goods regulations apply to uncrewed aerial vehicles transporting medical cargos?
How do dangerous goods regulations apply to uncrewed aerial vehicles transporting medical cargos?
Commercial operations of uncrewed aerial vehicles (UAVs or drones) are expanding, with medical logistics using UAVs as part of health service supply chains being targeted. The ability to transport cargos that include items classified as Dangerous Goods (DG) is a significant factor in enabling UAV logistics to assist medical supply chains, but DG regulations for air transport have developed from the perspective of crewed aircraft and not UAVs. This paper provides an important audit of the current DG regulations, best practice in their application and the development of much-needed new governance that will be required to fully exploit UAVs for the safe transport of DG in medical logistics. Findings from the audit provide a summary of the circumstances and potential challenges resulting from the application of DG regulations as they stand to UAV operations, particularly for medical logistics, and convenient guidance on the practical implications of DG regulations for UAV operators. The main conclusion is that this is an under-researched domain, not yet given full consideration in a holistic way by regulators, governments, industry bodies, practitioners or academia.
UAV; drone; Dangerous Goods; regulations; logistics; medicine; healthcare
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Grote, Matthew, Cherrett, Thomas, Oakey, Andy, Royall, Paul, Whalley, Simon and Dickinson, Janet (2021) How do dangerous goods regulations apply to uncrewed aerial vehicles transporting medical cargos? Drones, 5 (2), [38]. (doi:10.3390/drones5020038).

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Commercial operations of uncrewed aerial vehicles (UAVs or drones) are expanding, with medical logistics using UAVs as part of health service supply chains being targeted. The ability to transport cargos that include items classified as Dangerous Goods (DG) is a significant factor in enabling UAV logistics to assist medical supply chains, but DG regulations for air transport have developed from the perspective of crewed aircraft and not UAVs. This paper provides an important audit of the current DG regulations, best practice in their application and the development of much-needed new governance that will be required to fully exploit UAVs for the safe transport of DG in medical logistics. Findings from the audit provide a summary of the circumstances and potential challenges resulting from the application of DG regulations as they stand to UAV operations, particularly for medical logistics, and convenient guidance on the practical implications of DG regulations for UAV operators. The main conclusion is that this is an under-researched domain, not yet given full consideration in a holistic way by regulators, governments, industry bodies, practitioners or academia.

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Published date: 13 May 2021
Keywords: UAV; drone; Dangerous Goods; regulations; logistics; medicine; healthcare

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Local EPrints ID: 449695
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/449695
ISSN: 2504-446X
PURE UUID: 122a79ef-c561-4c21-9c4d-0fca992d5bfd
ORCID for Andy Oakey: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-1796-5485

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Date deposited: 11 Jun 2021 16:30
Last modified: 26 Nov 2021 03:20

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Author: Matthew Grote
Author: Thomas Cherrett
Author: Andy Oakey ORCID iD
Author: Paul Royall
Author: Simon Whalley
Author: Janet Dickinson

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