FAQs

What is ISMP 15?

The International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures, publication number 15 – Regulation of wood packaging material (WPM) in international trade.

Who controls ISPM15?

As part of the United Nations Food & Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) controls the regulations through the cooperation of member governments of the UN.

What is classed as WPM?

ISPM15 applies to coniferous softwood and non-coniferous hardwood used as raw wood packaging material. The standard does not apply to wood packaging made wholly of manufactured wood-based products such as plywood and veneer, reconstituted wood products (particle board, chipboard, Presswood, oriented strand board, high density fibre board, and medium density fibre board) or products created using glue, heat and pressure or a combination thereof.

How can you tell if WPM has been treated?

All treated WPM will have the IPPC mark, as shown below:

What do the markings indicate?

The markings must be within a rectangular border with a vertical line separating the IPPC logo (on the left) from the identifying data. The border lines may be solid or broken; and the corners may be rounded.

XX – indicates a two letter ISO country code (a link to these may be found on our Links page). 0000 – the next series of letters/numbers is the unique identification mark of the wood treatment agent or packaging manufacturer.

The number of letters or digits may vary according to each country. The country code and treatment agent or manufacturer code must be separated by a hyphen.

YY – This indicates the type of treatment, and will either be HT (Heat Treatment) or MB (Methyl Bromide).
The marking ‘DB’ (indicating debarking has taken place) is no longer used. However, as pallets may last several years, the older style of ISPM15 marking is still permissible.