Plant Health Organisations around the world have long since recognised the risk posed by movements of wooden packaging material – especially the lower grade material that is used, often as dunnage, to transport some types of goods. Incidents involving new pest outbreaks have prompted the international community to promote the development of an international standard to address this problem.
In March 2002, the Interim Commission on Photosanitary Measures endorsed ISPM 15 “Guidelines for regulating wood packaging material in international trade”.
The UK Wood Packaging and Marking Programme is based on the guidelines set out in ISPM 15 and is run by Timber Packaging and Pallet Manufacturers Confederation (TIMCON) in the UK on behalf of the Forestry Commission (FC) in Great Britain, and the Forest Service of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development for Northern Ireland (FS).
Exova BM TRADA is one of the nominated certification bodies who can offer registration to this scheme. For further information or to apply to join the scheme please contact:
Q House, Troon Way Business Centre,
Humberstone Lane, Thurmaston
Leicester, LE4 9HA
Tel: 0116 274 7357
Fax: 0116 274 7365