ISPM 15 is an International Standard Phytosanitary Measure developed by the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC), that addresses the need to treat wood materials, such as pallets, which are used to ship products between countries. ISPM 15 requires that pallets be either chemically fumigated or heat treated to prevent the spread of wood and plant pests.
The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) Interim Commission on Phytosanitary Measures adopted ISPM15 in March 2002, meaning that countries can now decide to implement these internationally recognized import regulations.
Two treatment measures are approved under ISPM 15. These are Heat treatment (HT) to a minimum core temperature of 56oC for a minimum of 30 minutes, and Fumigation, using Methyl Bromide (MB) to the prescribed dosage and temperature.
An international mark has been agreed and trademarked and is authorized for use (see illustration).
To attest to compliance to the standard, the pallet must be clearly marked on 2 faces showing the official IPPC logo, a 2 letter country code (xx), a unique number (000) assigned by the National Plant Protection Organization (NPPO), HT for Heat Treatment or MB for Methyl Bromide, and DB to signify debarked. It is unclear when the use of the IPPC logo will be mandatory and when some countries will stipulate its use.
ISPM15 Approved Pallets
CHEP Europe has established a strategic network of suppliers to meet the demands for IPPC compliant 'Phytosanitary' pallets. All 48"x40" block pallets manufactured in the EU for export to the USA are Heat Treated (HT) as standard and stenciled with the NPPO approved mark. Other wooden pallet specifications can also be made available HT treated. CHEP has decided that the preferred option is HT whenever possible. However, there will be situations where fumigation with MB will be the acceptable solution. In such exceptional circumstances, approved suppliers will carry out fumigation.
ISPM 15 French.pdf
ISPM 15 German.pdf
ISPM 15 Italian.pdf
ISPM 15 Latin America.pdf
ISPM 15 Latvian.pdf
ISPM 15 Portuguese.pdf
ISPM 15 Russian.pdf
ISPM 15 Spanish.pdf