IPPC ISPM-15 International Plant Protection Convention

International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures No 15

  • IPPC created ISPM-15 to prevent the spread of potentially contaminated solid wood materials. Its primary focus is to prevent the spread of foreign insects and diseases into importing countries.
  • ISPM-15 describes phytosanitary treatment measures required for solid, raw wood products being shipped internationally.
  • This pertains to items such as pallets, boxes, skids, crates, packaging and dunnage.
  • The most cost-effective measure is heat treatment. Heat treated wood packaging material must be heated until its internal temperature reaches 56°C for a minimum of 30 minutes in addition to other criteria outlined in the treatment schedule.
  • Once treatment is complete, it can be stamped with an IPPC, internationally recognized stamp.

CMSA provides 3rd party inspection to registered treatment facilities to oversee their ISPM-15 certification.

  • Audits include:
    • review of treatment records
    • quality of wood packaging material
    • manufacturing process
    • use of the IPPC stamp
  • If your facility needs to be registered in the HT program, CMSA will work quickly to have your facility certified.
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