In order to establish and operate a wood treatment unit in the Republic of Cyprus, one needs to obtain a license by the Plant Health and Marketing Standards of Agricultural Products Sector, Department of Agriculture of the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment.
The term “treatment” means the official procedure to reduce the risk of introduction and /or spread of quarantine pests associated with wood and wood packaging material (including dunnage), made of coniferous and non-coniferous raw wood (ISPM 15, 2006).
Obligations and Supervision
Licensed persons operating a wood treatment and packaging unit are obliged to comply with the provisions of the The Protective Measures against Introduction and Spread of Organisms Harmful to Plants and Plant Products Laws and Regulations, as periodically amended, and specifically among others to follow the rules provided below:
- have a person technically experienced in these matters and act as a liaison officer between the competent authority;
- keep records at least one year on the wood used and treated and wood packaging material produced and treated;
- have the necessary infrastructure, people, equipment to carry out the required treatment;
- carry out the necessary checks according to instructions provided by the competent authority;
- take samples of treated wood and send to an official laboratory according to an annual program;
- ensure access for persons entitled to act for the competent authority, in particular for inspection and/or sampling and to relevant records or other related documents and to otherwise cooperate with the competent authority;
- follow instructions provided by the competent authority;
- inform the competent authority on any changes regarding the application data;
- inform the competent authority in case of termination of services.
Additionally, the Director of the Department of Agriculture has the right to examine, after a report by authorized agriculture officers, if someone contravenes or fails to comply with the provisions of the relevant law and set out penalties according to the nature of the offence committed.
In cases where there is a risk of possible spread or there is a real spread of pests the competent authority can suspend the license. Additionally, if the authorized inspections indicate that the facility no longer meets the regulations or denies systematically to comply with the conditions or the relevant law, then, the competent authority can either cancel the approval or deletes the establishment from the registrar.
If during these inspections, violations are observed, the authority notifies the applicant and a deadline of fifteen days is given to him/her in order to state his/her views in writing about the issue. Any decision of the competent authority for the cancellation of the approval of the license is made after the submission of the applicant’s views.