Definition from SprengG Section 3


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Explosive substances pursuant to the German Explosives Act (SprengG)

Definition from SprengG Section 3:

1. Explosive substances:

(a)       Solid or liquid substances and mixtures (substances) which

aa)      can be caused to explode by ordinary thermal, mechanical or other load; and

(bb)     have been found to be explosive when tested in accordance with the test methods set out in Annex Part A.14. to Regulation (EC) No 440/2008 of 30 May 2008 laying down test methods pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) (OJ L 142, 31/5/2008, p. 1), as last amended by Regulation (EU) 2016/266 (OJ L 54, 1/3/2016, p. 1), as last published in the Official Journal of the European Union.

Test methods pursuant to EC A.14. (Regulation (EC) No 440/2008 Annex “Part A: Methods for the determination of physico-chemical properties, A.14. Explosive properties”)

The method consists of three parts:

(a) Test of thermal sensitivity → more,

(b) Test of mechanical sensitivity with respect to shock → more,

(b) Test of mechanical sensitivity with respect to friction → more.

The method yields data to assess the likelihood of initiating an explosion by means of certain common stimuli. The method is not intended to ascertain whether a substance is capable of exploding under any conditions.