Organic exports: recognised agencies and persons

Understand the role of recognised agencies (RAs) in organic exporting, the requirements that must be met, and how to apply to become an RA.

Agency role and responsibilities

Recognised agencies (RAs) are organic certification bodies that are recognised by MPI according to Organic Export Requirement: Recognised Agencies and Persons (OER: RAP) [PDF, 826 KB]

RAs verify that organic products exported under the Official Organic Assurance Programme (OOAP), or supplied for export under the OOAP, are produced and processed according to certain requirements.

View a list of organic requirements for the OOAP

Verifying organic operators

RAs are responsible for:

  • registering organic operators for the OOAP
  • evaluating each operator's organic management plan (OMP) to confirm it will deliver products complying with relevant OOAP requirements
  • verifying that the OMP continues to meet relevant OOAP requirements and that it is being followed by the operator
  • determining how frequently each operator will be assessed against the relevant OOAP requirements, based on their demonstrated performance
  • managing the timely resolution of any non-compliance issues.

Read about operator and exporter responsibilities under the OOAP

Verifying eligibility of organic consignments to be exported under the OOAP

RAs verify the eligibility of organic consignments requiring official government assurances. This includes a final check on the organic status and chain of custody of the products in an export consignment.

RAs are responsible for verifying that organic products in individual consignments are:

  • produced and handled according to relevant OOAP requirements
  • eligible for export to their destination market under the OOAP.

Recognised agencies (RAs)

The following agencies are recognised by MPI to provide verification services under Organic Export Requirements: Recognised Agencies and Persons (OER: RAP).

RA organisation

Address

Phone

Email

Website

Contact person

AsureQuality Limited

 

Level 1
7A Pacific Rise
Mt Wellington
Auckland 1060

0508 001 122

organics@asurequality.com

www.asurequality.com

Matt Gallagher

Notes: 

BioGro New Zealand Limited

 

115 Tory Street
Te Aro
Wellington 6011

04 801 9741

info@biogro.co.nz

www.biogro.co.nz

Tamila Eswaramurthy

Notes:

Recognised persons

A list of the persons recognised by MPI to provide various evaluation, verification, and certification services under "Organic Export Requirements: Recognised Agencies and Persons (OER: RAP)" can be found here:

Becoming a recognised agency

Contact MPI if your organisation is interested in becoming an RA. MPI will need to see that you:

  • have a quality system that meets the requirements of Organic Export Requirement: Recognised Agencies and Persons (OER: RAP), and
  • have accreditation to either:
    • ISO/IEC 17020 Conformity assessment – Requirements for the operation of various types of bodies performing inspection, or
    • ISO/IEC 17065 Conformity assessment – Requirements for bodies certifying products, processes and services.

The accreditation body and an MPI technical expert make a recommendation that MPI recognises your organisation as an RA, authorised to carry out specific tasks.

See OER: RAP clause 2.2 for more information.

Once you are recognised as an RA:

  • your details are published in our register of recognised agencies and persons
  • you are required to report regularly to MPI on your activities and compliance with Organic Export Requirement: Recognised Agencies and Persons (OER: RAP).

Who to contact

If you have questions about the application process or recognised agencies, email organics@mpi.govt.nz

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