Companies that manufacture wooden packaging material need a labelling right granted by Evira, in order to be entitled to use a label in compliance with the ISPM 15 standard on packaging material. Operators with the right to use the label are entered in Evira’s register on holders of labelling rights.

Applying for labelling rights

Applications for the right to use the label are submitted to Evira in writing. Evira issues a written decision on granting the labelling right. This decision is sent to the applicant. The decision on labelling rights contains a sample ISPM 15 label and the identifying code of the holder of the labelling right. A holder of a labelling right must then acquire a stamp or other labelling tool that complies with the sample label.

Requirements for issuing a labelling right

The requirement for being granted a labelling right is that debarked timber treated in compliance with the ISPM 15 standard is used in the manufacture of packaging material. Heat-treated wood is normally used in Finland. During the drying process, this wood has been kept at a minimum temperature of 56 °C for a minimum period of 30 minutes. This is the requirement set under the ISPM 15 standard.