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8th May 2009

ISPM15 REVISION 2009 - EXAMPLE ISPM15 MARK NOW ACCEPTED


The examples below illustrate some acceptable variants of the required components of the mark that is used to certify that the wood packaging material that bears such a mark has been subjected to an approved treatment.  For more information on the new (revised) ISPM15 regulation, click here.

Example 1




Example 2



Example 3 (This represents a prospective example of a mark with the border with rounded corners.)



Example 4 (This represents a prospective example of a mark applied by stencilling; small gaps may be present in the border, and the vertical line, and elsewhere among the components of the mark.)



Example 5


Example 6



16th April 2007

RE: IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTUSE OF FC TWO TREE LOGO IS NO LONGER MANDATORY

All participants of the UK Wood Packaging Material Marking Programme are hereby notified that, with immediate effect, the inclusion of the FC Two Tree logo and the words ‘Forestry Commission’ will no longer be mandatory within the UKWPMMP mark. However, if you wish to continue to use them then you may do so.

Please see following sample mark.



We have been advised that some importing countries are refusing to accept marks that, in their opinion, do not follow exactly the model shown in Annex II to ISPM No. 15 (as per the example above). We shall continue to defend marks used within the UKWPMMP which in our opinion do meet the recommendations in ISPM No 15 but users may wish to review their mark and consider whether modifications should be made. We will be happy to offer advice where this is requested. It is important to remember that it is the National Plant Protection Organisation of the importing country which is the final arbiter in determining what they will accept although we would hope that in cases of doubt they would check with the authorities in the country of origin.

Ian Brownlee
Forestry Commission
Plant Health Service
EDINBURGH

30th October 2006

IMPORTANT NOTICE:
ISPM15 CERTIFICATION LAW IN GREAT BRITAIN
The Forestry Commissioners are introducing three Statutory Instruments that come into force on 6 November 2006. These are:

Further information can be found by clicking on the links above. Statutory Instruments can be viewed on the Stationery Office website 2006 No. 2695
15th April 2005

Please find 2 documents (in Adobe Acrobat PDF format) which here been sent to us by the Forestry Commission, please read the following documents carefully, as it has very important information about the regulations within the UKWPMMP.

ASSESSMENT NOTES – Issue 1 (Please click here)
Introduction
As the new regime of using independent agencies beds in questions are inevitably being asked as new situations are encountered. This is to be encouraged and we have decided that it will be in everyone’s best interests if, in addition to answering the initial query, the question and its answer are published for all to see. While primarily directed at those carrying out the assessments, we also plan to publish them on our website so that anyone with an interest in the Programme can perhaps benefit from our experience.

ASSESSMENTNOTES – Issue 2 (Please click here)
Background
At an international ISPM15 Workshop held in Vancouver recently delegates discussed some of the poor quality marking applied to wood  packaging material which was considered to be due to some national programmes taking time to 'bed in'.

As the UKWPMMP has been operational since October 2001 ie it has had sufficient time to 'bed in', it was disappointing to note at the Workshop that some wood packaging material, which had been manufactured in the UK, displayed some extremely poor quality marks (see attached photographs). It is appreciated that some companies have experimented with different inks, stamps, stencils, branding plates etc in order to achieve a high quality of marking but participants should now be able to achieve ISPM15 marking requirements.

30 April 2004


Forestry Commission Plant Health Newsletter No 16
(Adobe Acrobat PDF format) Click here

14 November 2003

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT USE OF IPPC LOGO IS COMPULSORY FROM 1 JANUARY 2004


All participants of the UK Wood Packaging Material Marking Programme are hereby notified that with effect from 1 January 2004, you will be required to use the new logo.

Please see following sample mark. 


As per previous communications, you are authorised to use the new IPPC logo provided that you comply with all of the other provisions of the Programme. It remains mandatory that in the UK the logo incorporates the Forestry Commission ‘two tree’ logo.

Please note that the size of the logo is not prescribed and the only requirement is that the mark must be permanent and legible. Furthermore, the colour is not prescribed, however, please note that red and orange should be avoided as they are used to identify dangerous or hazardous cargo.

For wood packaging material comprising more than one component (eg. a pallet), it will be in order for the existing elements of the mark to be on one component and the new IPPC logo on another. This may be necessary if all of the elements are to remain legible. However, it is clearly more practical and economic for the entire mark to be on one vertical component if possible, so it has been decided that the registration number can be restricted to three (3) digits, rather than four (4) ie FC000 and not as shown in the diagram above. 

It is RECOMMENDED, at an additional safeguard against rejection against wood packaging material in the country of import, that pallets and packages be marked on TWO (2) opposite vertical sides so that the likelihood of the appropriate marking being recognised by the importing authorities is increased.

All participants should note that Phytosanitary Certificates are only required for imports into China and that it is a specific advantage of ISPM15 that these certificates are not necessary. It is hoped that the Chinese authorities will in the future adopt the ISPM15 which will eliminate the current requirement for Phytosanitary Certificates.

If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact me in the Timcon Secretariat, on telephone 0116 2640579.

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FORESTRY COMMISSION PLANT HEALTH SERVICE – INFORMATION NOTE
VERIFICATION OF METHYL BROMIDE FUMIGATION IN TREATING WOOD PACKAGING MATERIAL TO COMPLY WITH THE INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS FOR PHYTOSANITARY MEASURES ISPM 15 Click here for PDF File (Notes) (June 2002)
Heat treatment verification information notes, From the Forestry Commission.
HT Verification Introduction relates to the process involved in the assessment of heat treatment facilities and HT Verification Purchased Timber (PDF file - updated March 2005) relates to the assessment of heat treated timber obtained from sources in the UK or abroad. Click above for the PDF Files (Notes).  (June 2002)
March 2002

The international standards for phytosanitary measures
Guidelines for regulating wood packaging material in international trade.  
(Adobe Acrobat PDF format) Click here

For full information on the European Union Emergency Import rules for softwoods, in force from October 1 2001 see www.forestry.gov.uk/planthealth
To access the International Standard for a Phytosanitary Measure entitled 'Guidelines for regulating wood packing material in international trade' (ISPM15) please visit http://www.ippc.int
and click on ISPMs in the Publications section.
   
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