Steps for National Programme 3

National Programme 3 sets the food safety rules for medium-risk businesses. Follow the steps to comply with the law and sell food that won't make people sick.

Overview of what do you need to do

To bring your business under National Programme 3 (NP3), you need to:

  • make safe food – and keep some records to show how you do this
  • register your business
  • be officially checked, or verified.

You can confirm if NP3 is right for you in Step 1 on this page.

When you need to register under NP3

If your business starts on or after 1 March 2016, you must register under the Food Act 2014 before you open.

If you're an existing business, see the transition timetable for when you need to register.

Who to contact

If you have questions about National Programme 3, email

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