We get calls every week regarding a variety of rumors related to WPM and the ISPM 15 program. Almost all have no basis in fact and can be discounted quickly. However there are some that may have some level of credibility to them. TP is here to discuss whatever issue may be causing you confusion or worry. We can clear things up quickly when there are issues regarding the regulations related to ISPM 15. There may also be questions related to special requirements in other IPPC participating countries. When these questions develop, your Export Certification Specialist (ECS) is your best friend. The ECS is part of the USDA's APHIS group, and they will be able to tell you the specific regulations related to wood packaging material going into the country in question. To locate the ECS specific to your area, click on "Export Certification Specialist" in our Quick Links area on the left.
HT Chamber Verification
A heat chamber can be a great addition to a WPM facility. Knowing what is required to conform to ISPM 15 requirements is important. A verification study is required by ALSC in certain circumstances and involves locating the coldest spots in your unit and making sure all facets of the heat chamber are operating accurately. According to ALSC a verification study must be done for:
- Any units that are not built by an approved manufacturer.
- Any heat chamber running at less than 140° using probes. (For units operating at less than 140°, the probes must also be calibrated annually to ensure they are working properly.)
- Any heat chamber using a schedule and operating under 160°. (Under 140° if using a wet bulb.)
TP will be happy to address any questions or needs you have to make certain your heat chamber meets ALSC regulations.