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Draft MPI Treatment Standard: Treatment Provider Requirements

Have your say

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) requests your feedback on the proposed changes to the MPI Treatment Provider Standard: Treatment Provider Requirements.

The standard sets out the requirements to all treatment providers requesting MPI approval to provide official treatments, IVAs authorised by MPI, and MPI inspectors under the Treatments Programme.

The draft document is the result of amalgamating the:

  • Treatment Supplier Standard, and
  • Treatment Programme: Overview and General Requirements for the Supply of Official Treatments

This has been done for ease of access, to clarify roles and responsibilities of the programme participants, and improve references to government legislation and MPI standards.

Submissions will be accepted until Friday, 5 August 2022.

Consultation document

Draft MPI Treatment Provider Standard: Treatment Provider Requirements [PDF, 986 KB]

Related documents

Treatment Supplier Standard [PDF, 678 KB]

Treatment Programme: Overview and General Requirements for the Supply of Official Treatments [PDF, 584 KB]

What's being proposed?

The groups that will be directly impacted and the corresponding key proposed changes are listed here.

MPI Approved Treatment Providers (previously called Treatment Suppliers)

All MPI Approved Treatment Providers (MATPs) contracted under the Treatment Provider Standard will be affected by the following key proposed changes:

  • incorporated health and safety requirements to address health and safety concerns by updating the Contract of Approval with health and safety schedule and incorporating the requirements within the document. All MATPs are required to move to the new contract
  • improved audit process
  • added guidance statements to assist in the implementation of requirements.

MPI Approved post-border treatments at Post-Entry Quarantine (PEQ) facilities (imports only)

All PEQ operators who have applied to do on-arrival treatments at their own PEQ facilities will also be affected by the following key proposed changes:

  • added documentation requirements
  • formalised the current operational system
  • added guidance statements to assist in the implementation of requirements.

MPI Approved Organisations (MAOs) with option 2 phytosanitary treatments (exports only)

All MAOs with option 2 phytosanitary treatments will also be affected by the consequences of the proposed changes, as follows:

  • changes on the Standard will result to incorrect sections referred from the Treatment Provider Requirements as listed on Table 1 MAO Service Delivery Options and the Applicable of the MPI Certification: Organisation Standard
  • only treatment providers that are contracted under the Treatment Supplier Programme are required to move to the updated version of the contract of approval. If an MAO is contracted only to the MPI Certification: Organisation Standard, the update on the contract of approval from the draft standard does not apply.

MPI Plant Exports and Plant Assurance teams have been consulted and are aware about the potential impact on the Plant Exports requirements. MPI will keep you posted regarding the alignment of the standards.

Full details of the proposed changes are in the consultation document.

Making your submission

MPI welcomes written submissions on the proposed changes to the draft Standard.

Send us your feedback by 5pm on Friday, 5 August 2022.

Email your submissions to treatments@mpi.govt.nz

Make sure you include:

  • the title of the consultation document
  • your name and title
  • your organisation's name (if you are submitting on behalf of an organisation, and whether your submission represents the whole organisation or a section of it)
  • your contact details (such as phone number, address, and email).

While we prefer email, you can send your submission by post to:

Treatments Team
Animal and Plant Health Directorate
Ministry for Primary Industries
PO Box 2526
Wellington 6140
New Zealand.

Next steps

Information session meetings will be held to summarise the result of the consultation and to further clarify the changes to the Standard. You must register for the sessions by 21 August 2022.

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If there’s suitable justification, MPI will consider another round of consultation before the draft Standard becomes final.

Submissions are public information

Note that all, part, or a summary of your submission may be published on this website. Most often this happens when we issue a document that reviews the submissions received.

Anyone can ask for copies of submissions under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA). The OIA says we have to make submissions available unless we have a good reason for withholding it.  That is explained in sections 6 and 9 of the OIA.

Let us know if you think there are grounds to withhold specific information in your submission. Reasons might include that it's commercially sensitive or it's personal information. However, any decision MPI makes to withhold information can be reviewed by the Ombudsman, who may require the information to be released.

Official Information Act 1982 – NZ Legislation