Risk management programmes for farm dairies
Find out how to develop a risk management programme (RMP) for farm dairies, and how to get it assessed, verified, and registered.
FARM DAIRY ASSESSMENT AND SUPPORT DURING COVID-19 ALERT LEVELS 3 AND 4
Farm dairy assessments are to proceed as scheduled but with the following additional precautions in place.
- Farm dairy operators will be:
- contacted prior to the assessment and advised that the assessment is scheduled to go ahead
- advised of the additional precautions to be followed by the assessor, including washing, drying, and sanitising of hands and equipment
- requested to have any required paperwork available at the dairy, noting (4) below
- advised that it is preferable that they are not present at the dairy during the assessment but that they remain available by phone. If they insist on being present or are required due to unexpected circumstances to be present, then the assessor will maintain an appropriate distance of at least 2m throughout the assessment.
- To the greatest extent practical, farm dairy assessors should complete the documentation and records aspects of the assessment remotely, either prior to or post the audit (for example, to follow-up on information expected but not available at the time of the on-farm component of the assessment). As this is not standard practice, there may be a delay in providing the findings of the remote assessment to the farm dairy operator. Note that the farm dairy assessor undertaking the remote assessment aspects and the farm dairy assessor doing the on-farm component do not need to be the same person.
- Farm dairy assessment schedules are to be organised to allow farm dairy assessors to return to their home each day unless this is unavoidable and the farm dairy assessor agrees.
- If a farm dairy assessment cannot proceed because the farm dairy operator refuses to allow the farm dairy assessment to proceed, then the farm dairy operator is to be advised that:
- remote assessment of records, procedures, and other documents may be required at this time
- the farm dairy will receive 2 full farm dairy assessments in the 2021/22 season, with one in spring and one in autumn
- in some circumstances MPI may direct an animal products officer to undertake an assessment.
- Other food safety related on-farm activities such as grade assistance and antibiotic testing is also an essential service and must proceed in line with the precautions above.
This situation is changing quickly, and the advice above will be updated when required.
If you have any questions about these requirements email email@example.com
Developing your risk management programme (RMP)
All farm dairies must have an RMP that covers all harvesting, filtering, cooling, and storage activities. This is a requirement under the Animal Products Act 1999. The RMP must be assessed, verified, and registered with the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).
Using an RMP template
There are 2 templates that you can use for your farm dairy RMP. One is for dairy products intended for the domestic (New Zealand and Australia) market, and the other is for dairy products intended for export.
You can use these as a:
- template, which you complete
- model to use as the basis for an RMP that you develop yourself.
You don't have to have your RMP evaluated if you use one of these templates, as long as you complete it fully and don't change it. However, if you prepare your own RMP or make changes to our template, your RMP must be evaluated before you apply to MPI to have it registered.
The specifications you must meet when developing your RMP are in 2 animal products notices.
Technical outcomes and requirements you'll need for an RMP
Along with your RMP, you need to complete form DPF 201 to assess the water used in your farm dairy.
DPF 201 - Assessment of farm dairy water status [PDF, 269 KB]
Assessment of farm dairies
All farm dairies must have a section in their RMP that describes the system for assessing the farm dairy. You can use the code of practice NZCP2 to meet your farm dairy assessment obligations, or you can develop your own system or protocol. Any self-developed assessment system will need to be evaluated as part of the RMP.
This code of practice is also relevant if you're a:
- farm dairy assessor
- farm dairy RMP verifier
- farm dairy RMP operator.
Verification of farm dairy RMPs
Your RMP must be verified by an MPI-recognised verifier. This is required to confirm that:
- the RMP is fit for purpose
- the measures applied by the RMP are adequate and practical
- the RMP operator is applying the RMP effectively
- the farm dairy operators covered by the RMP are meeting their obligations.
See the guidance document Farm dairies RMP verification for more information about:
- the role of verification
- aspects of verification that are specific to farm dairies and farm dairy RMPs.
Farm dairies RMP verification – guidance document [PDF, 512 KB]
Find out more about RMPs
Who to contact
If you have questions about RMPs for farm dairies, email firstname.lastname@example.org