The Timber Packaging and Pallet Confederation (TIMCON) is inviting all participants of the UK Wood Packaging Material Marking Programme to a meeting to hear the latest update about European plant health regulations.

The event, to be attended by the Forestry Commission’s head of plant health Roddy Burgess, was called in view of uncertainty about the adoption of ISPM15 and numerous queries which TIMCON and the FC are receiving.

From January, UK companies exporting to North America will have to comply with ISPM15. The standard is already in force in China and Australia, with scores more countries set to follow.

The standard requires wood packaging to be heat treated or fumigated to prevent the spread of disease carried by insects such as the pinewood nematode.

The meeting will be held on January 27 at Manchester Airport Marriot Hotel.