Voluntary Implementation Programme

Many food service and retail businesses began using the template food control plan before the new Food Act came into force by joining the Voluntary Implementation Programme.


What is the VIP?

The Voluntary Implementation Programme (VIP) was a partnership between the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and more than 60 local councils. It allowed food service and retail businesses to move to a template food control plan – a new measure outlined in the Food Act 2014 – before the Act came into effect on 1 March 2016.

By 1st March 2016, there were already more than 7,000 businesses operating with a food control plan.

Watch restaurants owners talk about their experience using a food control plan:

My experience of using a food control plan (Mandarin)

My experience of using a food control plan (Cantonese)

Changes for VIP businesses registered before 17 December 2015

Changes to the template food control plan mean any business that registered under the VIP before 17 December 2015 will need to adjust their plan to comply with the new law. More information on this will be available from December 2016.

Moving from the VIP to the Food Act 2014

Businesses that have a template food control plan under the VIP have until 28 February 2019 to register under the new Act. To meet this date, you’ll need to apply for registration by 30 November 2018.

You won't need to pay registration fees until you register.

You will still need to pay to have your business verified (audited) as you do now. Under the VIP, this is usually yearly.

You must register sooner if your business changes

If your business changes, or you do anything not covered in your plan or under the template, you must update your plan straight away. Contact your local council for more information.

Information for councils

Who to contact

If you have questions about the VIP, email info@mpi.govt.nz.

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