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Dielectric heating is a newly approved treatment for wood packaging material that uses heat from electromagnetic energy to disinfest the wood. The International Plant Protection Convention’s Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM) approved dielectric heating as a phytosanitary treatment for wood packaging material as part of the International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) No. 15, Regulation of wood packaging material in international trade. This quick guide provides additional information on dielectric heating as a phytosanitary treatment for wood packaging material. It is for information only.

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This reference standard is a listing of terms and definitions with specific meaning for phytosanitary systems worldwide. It has been developed to provide a harmonized internationally agreed vocabulary associated with the implementation of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) and International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPMs).

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This standard describes phytosanitary measures that reduce the risk of introduction and spread of quarantine pests associated with the movement in international trade of wood packaging material made from raw wood. Wood packaging material covered by this standard includes dunnage but excludes wood packaging made from wood processed in such a way that it is free from pests (e.g. plywood). The phytosanitary measures described in this standard are not intended to provide ongoing protection from contaminating pests or other organisms.

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Donna Roberts, Timothy E. Josling and David Orden

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The Guide interprets the standards relevant to international forestry pest risks into the language and framework of forest health, outlining how generic principles, such as pest risk analysis and surveillance, can be applied by forest health agencies and forest managers at all levels. It focuses on the practical application of the standards in the forest sector. The guide was produced by an international core group of scientists, phytosanitary authorities, forest experts and industry representatives and reviewed by more than 100 specialists from 46 countries.