Approved criteria for dairy operations
The mechanism for approved criteria has been removed. The DPC’s have been withdrawn.
For reference for requirements for farm dairies, dairy manufacture and storage and transportation, refer to Chapter D of the Animal Product Notice: Product, Supply and Processing [PDF, 1.9 MB]
Approved criteria documents for dairy manufacturing requirements
These documents have been retained for your reference.
Withdrawn DPC1: Animal products (dairy): Approved criteria for general dairy processing [PDF, 846 KB]
Withdrawn DPC 2: Animal products (dairy): Approved criteria for farm dairies [PDF, 822 KB]
Withdrawn DPC3: Animal products (dairy): Approved criteria for manufacturing dairy material and product [PDF, 879 KB]
Withdrawn DPC 4: Animal products (dairy): Approved criteria for storage and transportation of dairy material and products [PDF, 687 KB]
Codes of practice and associated guidance for dairy manufacturers
Codes of Practice (COP) and guidance can help you meet technical requirements for your dairy RMP or FCP.
Introduction to Codes of Practice (COPs)
Heat treatment requirements
This code of practice and guidance can help you meet the design, construction, and operation requirements of dairy heat treatment equipment.
Heat treatment code of practice [PDF, 889 KB]
Operational guideline: Dairy heat treatments [PDF, 193 KB]
If you make a significant change to your dairy heat treatment equipment, you will need to take certain actions. Find out how to decide if the change is significant and what you need to do:
Significant change to dairy heat treatment equipment and systems [PDF, 38 KB]
Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) plans
Get help to develop a HACCP plan for your dairy operation.
HACCP is used to:
- identify and manage significant food safety hazards
- help ensure food safety for your business.
Operational guideline: Dairy HACCP plans [PDF, 127 KB]
Find out more about HACCP
A general introduction to HACCP
Water management plans
Developing a water management plan is one of the requirements of an RMP. Use approved criteria, standards, and guidance to help you.
Guideline for dairy criteria relating to dairy factory water (stated in DPC3) [PDF, 424 KB]
Drinking-water standards for New Zealand [PDF, 1.66 MB]
Design and construction of dairy premises guidelines
If you're planning to build or upgrade your dairy premises, there are guidelines you need to follow.
The guideline covers:
- laying out your dairy site and buildings
- how to design and construct them
- requirements for dairy manufacturing equipment
- bulk transport of dairy products.
Operational guideline: Design and construction of dairy premises and equipment [PDF, 351 KB]
Who to contact
If you have questions about approved criteria, codes of practice, or guidance for dairy, email firstname.lastname@example.org