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Proposed amendments to the list of inputs under the Organic Export Requirements: Organic Production Rules

Have your say

From 9 November to 8 December 2021, New Zealand Food Safety invites comment on proposed amendments to the list of generic inputs that can be used by organic operators under the Official Organic Assurance Programme (OOAP).

The requirements that organic operators must meet if they are to export, or supply for export, organic products under the OOAP are set out in the Organic Export Requirements: Organic Production Rules (OER: OPR).

What's being proposed?

All proposed changes in the OER: OPR are highlighted in yellow in the consultation document.

Part 1: Requirements

  • Add a new definition: gut flora stabilisers (microorganisms or other substances, which, when fed to animals, supports gut flora and animal health).

Schedule 1: Fertilisers and soil conditioners

  • Add a new input: fulvic acids.
  • Change the current conditions for humic acids.

Schedule 3: Feed materials and feed additives

  • Table 3.1.1: Feed materials of mineral origin – add a new input, monocalcium phosphate.
  • Table 3.3.4: Compounds of trace elements – add 2 new inputs, potassium iodide and sodium iodide.
  • Table 3.3.5: Gut flora stabilisers (a new table) – add a new input, enzymes and microorganisms.

Note that your feedback on the draft OER: OPR should be restricted to the proposed amendments.

Consultation document

Draft Organic Export Requirement: Organic Production Rules (OER: OPR) [PDF, 1.4 MB]

Related document – the existing rules issued 2019

Organic Export Requirements: Organic Production Rules (OER: OPR) [PDF, 1.2 MB]

Background to this consultation

The OER: OPR was published on 29 November 2019. Organic operators had a transition period of 21 months to comply with this requirement, which ended on 2 September 2021.

New Zealand Food Safety initiated a review of the list of generic inputs in the OER: OPR during 2021. Applications to amend or include new inputs under this document were considered by the recognised agencies (RAs) and MPI. The members recommended that New Zealand Food Safety considers the changes proposed in the consultation document.

Note: This consultation on the OER:OPR is separate to the development of the Organic Production Bill, and the proposed new regulations and national standard for organic food, beverages, and plant and animal products.

Making your submission

Send us your feedback on the proposed amendments by 5pm on 8 December 2021.

Email your submission to

We encourage you to use the submissions template [DOCX, 207 KB]

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

OOAP: Organic Production Rules Consultation
Plant, Wine and Organic Assurance
Assurance Directorate
Ministry for Primary Industries
PO Box 2526
Wellington 6140
New Zealand.

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.

People can also ask for copies of submissions under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA). The OIA says we must make the content of submissions available unless we have good reason for withholding it. Those reasons are detailed in sections 6 and 9 of the OIA.

If you think there are grounds to withhold specific information from publication, make this clear in your submission or contact us. Reasons may include that it discloses commercially sensitive or personal information. However, any decision MPI makes to withhold details can be reviewed by the Ombudsman, who may direct us to release it.

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