Become a recognised wine testing laboratory

Find out how to become a laboratory recognised to test wine for export.

Testing wine for export

If you export wine, some countries require that the wine analysis meets their requirements. If this analysis is needed for an export certificate for that country, testing must be performed by a recognised laboratory.

Find out more about laboratory testing of wine

Becoming a recognised laboratory

To be recognised, a laboratory must:

  • be accredited to ISO 17025 or be working toward accreditation
  • be assessed annually by the accreditation body from the date of recognition
  • participate in an appropriate inter-laboratory comparison programme as specified by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI)
  • use appropriate test methods as specified by MPI.

Apply for accreditation

Apply to International Accreditation New Zealand (IANZ) for accreditation. This can take 3 to 6 months.

International Accreditation New Zealand

Apply for recognition

Apply to MPI to become recognised, using application form WL1.

Application form WL1 – Recognised wine laboratory [PDF, 990 KB]

Refer to this wine notice for details of what you need to do to become a recognised laboratory.

Wine Notice: Laboratories Recognised for Testing of Wine for Export [PDF, 349 KB]

Who to contact

If you have questions about becoming a recognised wine testing laboratory, contact

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