Stop or suspend a risk management programme

Find out about surrendering (stopping or cancelling), suspending, and deregistering a risk management programme (RMP). Find out how to remove an animal product business from the coverage of a multi-business RMP.

If you no longer need your RMP or parts of it

This page covers what you need to do if:

  • you stop operating your RMP (permanently or temporarily)
  • your business will not be covered under a multi-business RMP anymore
  • your RMP is deregistered.

If only part of your RMP stops operating, you should consider how this might affect the other parts of your RMP still operating.

All information on this page is covered in the RMP manual. For more information, see the "Ceasing registration of an RMP" section.

Risk management programme manual for animal product processing [PDF, 2.2 MB]

Surrendering (stopping or cancelling) an RMP

If you want to permanently surrender (cancel) your RMP, you must notify:

  • the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) in writing that you’re surrendering your RMP
  • your verifier within 30 days.

You can use notification form AP50 form to tell us.

Notification form AP50: Minor update to risk management programme details [PDF, 971 KB]

If you have a multi-business RMP, you should:

  • notify MPI of your business details
  • give evidence in writing that you have the consent of the person whose business it affects.

You must let MPI know how you plan to handle any remaining animal material or product. MPI will:

  • approve or agree to the proposal, or
  • tell you what you must do with any animal material or product. We may use our animal product officers or other staff. You’ll need to pay for any costs involved with this.

Before you surrender your RMP

If you have remaining product that you want to export, make sure you raise eligibility documents for official assurances for all animal product before surrendering your RMP. After you surrender your RMP, you will not be able to do this.

Suspending an RMP

An RMP can be suspended for 3 to 12 months if:

  • it’s no longer effective
  • the product produced under it is not meeting requirements of the Animal Products Act 1999.

You can suspend part of it or all of it. MPI can also suspend it.

Suspension by MPI

If this happens, MPI will:

  • notify your verifier
  • record the suspension on the public register
  • give you a written notice of the suspension.

Suspension by the RMP operator

As the RMP operator, you can suspend any RMP operations for between 3 and 12 months. You must notify MPI of this using notification form AP50.

Notification form AP50: Minor update to risk management programme details [PDF, 971 KB]

Requirements during suspension if you handle animal products for export

If you're choosing to suspend your RMP operations and your business produces or processes animal products requiring an official assurance for export, you’ll still need to get verification audits while suspended. For example, a business that exports bee products will still need an audit every 6 months even though bee products are seasonal operations.

See clause 3.1 (6) and (7) in the Animal Products Notice: Export Verification Requirements [PDF, 283 KB]

MPI can also set requirements that you must follow while suspended. This will probably include getting a verification audit before restarting the RMP.

Deregistration of an RMP

MPI may deregister an RMP, or remove any animal product business from the coverage of a multi-business RMP, if:

  • repeated suspensions have occurred
  • a serious failure of operations has occurred
  • the fitness for intended purpose of the animal product is in doubt
  • you're not considered fit to continue operating your RMP
  • your RMP is no longer relevant to your current operations.

MPI will inform you (with reasons why) if it intends to:

  • deregister your RMP, or
  • remove your business from the coverage of a multi-business RMP.

You’ll have the opportunity to respond to this.

Who to contact

If you have questions about RMPs, email

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