Summary of major changes to the Australian Wood Packaging Scheme (AWPCS) - Version 4.0

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Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, January 2019

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General updates throughout:

  • Updated all fumigation references to include sulfuryl fluoride,
  • Verified and updated document hyperlinks
  • Updated document table of contents
  • Updated section and Appendix numbering
  • All references to ‘revoke’ or ‘revoked’ have been changed to ‘suspend’ or ‘suspension’
  • Updated information about applying the ISPM 15 certification mark
  • Updated Appendices 11 and 12 to include department address and email contact

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1.6 International Standards and Legislation

  • Relevant legislation updated.

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1.7 Responsibilities of each party

  • Responsibilities of each party has been moved to page 13.

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2.4 Fumigation with sulfuryl fluoride

  • Information about sulfuryl fluoride fumigation as a treatment for wood packaging has been added to approved treatment options.

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3.4 Off-site fumigation treatment

  • Added separate sub-section outlining requirement for off-site mobile fumigation treatment providers under the AWPCS.

4.1 Application of the ISPM 15 certification mark

  • Clarified that mark must only be applied by stamp or brand to packing materials .

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11 Appendices

  • Added Appendix 4: Requirements for AWPCS sulfuryl fluoride providers hyperlink,
  • Updated following appendix numbers accordingly.

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Appendix 1: Requirements for AWPCS Heat Treatment Providers

  • 1.11 Application of ISPM 15 certification mark added
  • 1.12 Records management added.

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Appendix 4: Requirements for AWPCS sulfuryl fluoride providers

  • Appendix 4: Requirements for AWPCS sulfuryl fluoride providers added to appendix section covering all treatment requirements.

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Appendix 5 Requirements for wood packaging manufacturers without on-site treatment facilities

  • 5.6 Application of ISPM 15 certification mark - information moved to Section 4.

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Appendix 6: Requirements for wood packaging manufacturers with on-site treatment facility

  • 6.3 Sourcing of wood
    • Wood packaging manufacturer’s with on-site treatment facilities certified under the AWPCS may source untreated timber and then treat on-site as approved for use in the construction of wood packaging that is intended for use in export consignments.
    • If required a wood packaging manufacturer may obtain treated wood from a third party supplier provided that it can be demonstrated that the treated wood has been sourced from a certified treatment provider.

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Appendix 6: Requirements for wood packaging manufacturers with on-site treatment facility

  • 6.5 Traceability
    • If the manufacturer obtains treated wood from a third party supplier, they must provide documentation that allows trace back to the certified treatment provider from which the treated wood was sourced.
  • 6.7 Application of ISPM 15 certification mark - information moved to Section 4.

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Appendix 7: requirements for certification bodies

  • 7.6 Major non-conformities
    • Removed reference to audits revealing certified facilities being unable to consistently comply with AWPCS requirements. Section now only references major non-conformities detected during audit.
    • Clarified that if a major non-conformity is detected during audit it will be handled at the discretion of the auditor as per options listed.
  • 7.7 Re-instatement of facilities
    • For re-instatement of facilities once an audit is conducted to ensure corrective actions are completed by the certification body the provider can either be assigned a new certification number, or have their existing number re-instated based on certification body recommendation.

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Appendix 12: Certification Program – Notification for change in facility

  • Under facility certification section added reinstate option and comments field.
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Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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