IGUS is an international group of scientific experts dealing with the explosion risks of unstable substances. It was set up in 1962 with the aim to harmonise test methods used by different countries to identify and quantify the explosive properties of unstable materials. Since then, its scope has widened to thermal stability, reactivity and flammability of all kinds of unstable and reactive substances.
On the occasion of IGUS’ 60th anniversary in 2022, this paper gives a closer look at the IGUS history, its aims and objectives and its current organization. Recent developments in the field of hazmat classification are highlighted as well as expected future developments.
Note.The views and opinions expressed in this paper are those of the individual authors at the time this paper was drafted and are not to be regarded as the policy position of their respective organizations or countries.