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How Do Dangerous Goods Regulations Apply to Uncrewed Aerial Vehicles Transporting Medical Cargos?

Grote, M., Cherrett, T., Oakey, A., Royall, P.G., Whalley, S. and Dickinson, J. E., 2021. How Do Dangerous Goods Regulations Apply to Uncrewed Aerial Vehicles Transporting Medical Cargos? Drones, 5 (2), 38.

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DOI: 10.3390/drones5020038

Abstract

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.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:2504-446X
Additional Information:This article belongs to the Special Issue Drones for Medicine Delivery and Healthcare Logistics.
Uncontrolled Keywords:UAV; drone; Dangerous Goods; regulations; logistics; medicine; healthcare
Group:Bournemouth University Business School
ID Code:35530
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:19 May 2021 14:12
Last Modified:27 May 2021 07:52

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