Petition for Changes to ISPM 15
• IPPC-ISPM 15 is a wood pallet/packaging program
• Next meeting of IPPC for changes to ISPM 15 is in
• We must remember that this program was generated
to stop the transfer of quarantined pests
• We must also remember that we did assist
government in developing this program and must
continue to assist due mainly to the fact that our
industry is distinct.
• 1. That a batch number be added to or
beside the IPPC certification stamp.
– To give more identity to and ease of tracing
your wooden pallet/packaging
– To protect the seller from black market selling
– To protect the seller from unscrupulous wood
– To protect the seller from accepting the
responsibility of that unit two and three years
after the sale.
• Definitions must change or be revisited
– 1. Reuse
– 2. recycle,
– 3. repair
• Demand alternative to Methyl Bromide
– In time may not be accepted EU, North America, China
• Debarking Issue
• 1. Quality issue – consumer impression
• 2. Scientists must decide
• 3. IPPC give governments the right to add to the
program but not subtract.
• Repaired wooden pallets/packaging should
be dealt with on a one trip basis.
• Collection should mean re-stamping and
accepting the responsibility of that unit
• The batch number will help with this issue.
• Mixed certification processes.
If we certify a box that has mixed heat treatment
and fumigation – a new mark is requested that
shows both MB & HT on the IPPC-ISPM 15
• Stamp Size
– All we agreed was that it should be legible
– Do not demand a size, do not want to open an
issue that is working
• All associations from around the world who
are members of the World Pallet Council
should speak with one voice.
• The decisions must be made by the
scientists and plant health professionals but
we as the industry can affectively lobby for