Australian Wood Packaging Certification Scheme (ISPM 15)

The Australian Wood Packaging Certification Scheme (AWPCS) was developed by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, formerly known as the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) Biosecurity, to ensure that Australian treatment providers and wood packaging manufacturers produce wood packaging material that meets the requirements of the International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures - Guidelines for Regulating Wood Packaging in International Trade (ISPM 15).

The AWPCS incorporates ISPM 15 which requires that all wood packaging material shall undergo either heat treatment or fumigation with methyl bromide. To verify that treatment has occurred and to provide traceability to the country of origin, an internationally recognised ISPM 15 certification mark is applied to the treated wood packaging.

Under the AWPCS, wood packaging manufacturers and treatment providers who meet the requirements of ISPM 15 shall be authorised by Department of Agriculture and Water Resources Biosecurity to apply the internationally recognised mark to wood packaging material produced for use in the export trade.

Applicant CABs will need to comply with the relevant sections of the AWPCS – in particular, Appendices 5 and 6.

As this is a product scheme, applicants also need to comply with ISO/IEC 17065:2012 – Conformity assessment - Requirements for bodies certifying products, processes and services.

Benefits

  • Significantly reduces the risk of unprocessed raw wood being used as a pathway for the introduction and the spread of most quarantine pests and diseases through international trade.
  • Enables treatment providers and wood packaging manufacturers to demonstrate that their products and processes meet relevant industry and regulatory requirements.

Scheme owner

Department of Agriculture and Water Resources - Formerly know as the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) Biosecurity.

More information

An application pack, application form and other relevant material is not available on this site. These documents are available through our SharePoint portal. If you are a body that we currently accredit, you can access this information through the Shared CAB Portal. If you are a new applicant, please complete an application enquiry form. Once this form is submitted, the Secretariat will contact you to advise the next steps.  For other stakeholders, please submit your inquiry through the online feedback form.

The AWPCS is available at www.agriculture.gov.au/export/certification/wood-packaging/awpcs