Get the information you need to help businesses as they move to the new Food Act. Find out how to deal with businesses that are still operating under the Food Hygiene Regulations 1974, businesses that are using a "deemed" food control plan, and new businesses.
Check the transition timetable for when businesses operating before 1 March 2016 transition to the new Act.
Map of businesses that will register
We've developed a map showing the estimated number of businesses that will be registered under the Food Act by the end of the transition period. It is intended to help verifiers assess demand for their services. The map shows the number of businesses by council region and risk-based measure.
The data is drawn from multiple sources, including estimates, so it is indicative only.
Businesses registered under the Food Hygiene Regulations before 1 March 2016
Table 1 outlines how businesses that remain under Food Hygiene Regulations (until they transition) will be affected by the Food Act.
|Businesses registered under Food Hygiene Regulations||What happens after 1 March 2016?||Additional information|
|Registration||Register with the relevant TA annually (no change).||See section 426 (2) of the Food Act 2014.|
|Verification||Inspection under the Food Hygiene Regulations 1974.||There is no change for as long as the business remains on the Food Hygiene Regulations.
MPI Food Compliance will continue to issue Designated Officer Approvals (DOA) for premises who require this under regulation 5 (7) of the Food Hygiene Regulations.
|Enforcement||Enforcement undertaken by the relevant TA with support from MPI Food Compliance as required.||See section 424 of the Food Act 2014.
Section 425 confirms that a Food Safety Officer is able to carry out compliance activity in relation to businesses that are still operating under the previous food regime.
|IT System||Use existing TA systems.||Provide the existing registration certificate (FHR).|
Businesses with current registration
Table 2 outlines how businesses with current registration under the Voluntary Implementation Programme or a Food Safety Programme before 1 March 2016, will be affected by the Food Act.
|Deemed businesses||What happens after 1 March 2016?||Additional information|
|Verification||Same verification frequency as the business was on prior to 1 March 2016. See regulation 89 (3) (a).||Verification by a deemed verifier or a deemed recognised person (approved under the Food Act 1981 by MPI before 1 March 2016) or by a verifier recognised under the Food Act 2014.|
|Enforcement||Enforcement undertaken by the registration authority with support from MPI Food Compliance as required.||See section 424 of the Food Act 2014.|
|IT System||The VIP Portal for deemed template FCPs
Custom FSPs registered by MPI will be deemed FCPs and managed through existing systems.
|The portal requires a user name and password.|
When a new or existing business moves to the Food Act 2014
When a business transitions to the Food Act 2014, they follow the same process as a new business that starts to operate after 1 March 2016. Refer to Table 3.
|New and existing businesses||What happens after 1 March 2016?||Additional information|
|Registration||Register the appropriate RBM with the appropriate registration authority (MPI or TA). See Registration Authority section.||See section 52 of the Food Act for FCPs and clause 43 of the Food Regulations for National programmes.|
|Evaluation||A custom FCP – may require evaluation (MPI will determine if this is required for a transitioning business)||Evaluators and/or agencies wishing to evaluate in the competitive market must be recognised by MPI to do so.|
||Verifiers and/or agencies wishing to verify in the competitive market must be recognised by MPI to do so.|
|Enforcement||By the registration authority.||
|IT System||Registration data-MAPS
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