The Council of the European Union has adopted Directive 96/35/EC of 3 June 1996 on the appointment and vocational qualification of safety advisers for the transport of dangerous goods by road, rail and inland waterway. Under the terms of the Directive, Member States must ensure that companies transporting dangerous goods appoint one or more safety advisers. The advisers would be responsible for helping to prevent the risks related to the transport of dangerous goods with regard to people, property and the environment. Advisers would undergo training in the field of the transport of dangerous goods, after which they would be issued with a Community-type vocational training certificate. Member States must comply with the Directive no later than 31 December 1999.