Become a recognised agency or person to verify wine businesses

To verify businesses operating under the Wine Act 2003, you first need to be recognised. Find out what you need to do to become a recognised agency or person.

Why you need to be recognised

Most winemaking businesses operate under a registered wine standards management plan (WSMP). To prove that they're following the WSMP correctly, they need to be verified by a recognised person or agency.

Checking that a business complies with the law is a regulatory role. Private agencies and councils can do this role on behalf of the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI). The recognition process makes sure agencies or persons meet the standards we would apply if we were doing the checks.

How to become recognised

Follow the steps for agencies or for persons.

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How to become an agency recognised to verify wine standards management plans

1. Get your quality management system accredited

To become a recognised agency you need a quality management system (QMS) that is accredited to international accreditation standard (ISO) 17020. Accreditation can be obtained from an accreditation body, either:

  • International Accreditation New Zealand (IANZ)
  • Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ).

You will need to let your accreditation body know if you make any changes to your QMS after it has been accredited. Your QMS may need to be re-assessed.

Recognised agencies need recognised persons

To do verifications as a recognised agency, at least 1 person needs to become recognised to do verifications under your system.

At most recognised agencies, all the people who undertake verification need their competency assessed individually.

However, individual assessment is not required if an agency:

  • manages more than 5 people, and
  • has been approved to operate under the key technical personnel (KTP) model.

Under the KTP model, individual competency assessments are carried out by the recognised agency, while the accreditation body:

  • looks at the procedures staff follow
  • assesses the people who supervise the staff doing verifications
  • assesses a sample of operational staff to determine the effectiveness of competence assessment.
Find out more

KTP model information sheet [PDF, 156 KB]



2. Apply to MPI for recognition

Once your agency QMS has been assessed by the accreditation body, you can apply to MPI to become recognised. Complete the application form and submit it to MPI. It will usually be processed within 20 working days.

You'll need to:

  • include your agency's ISO 17020 accreditation report
  • pay the application fee
  • include your limited liability company certificate (if appropriate).

Application form WA8: Recognised agency (wine) [PDF, 1021 KB]

Email the completed form and supporting documents to

How to become a person recognised to verify wine standards management plans

1. The agency you work for must be recognised

Before you can be recognised to become a verifier under the Wine Act 2003, the agency you work for must be recognised. If you are a new agency, you will need to submit your agency application together with at least 1 person application so that MPI can process these together.

2. Check you can meet the requirements

To become a recognised person you must:

  • acquire knowledge and experience in the wine industry
  • know the current wine-related legislation
  • complete an auditing course to NZQA unit standard 8084 (or an alternative approved by MPI as generally equivalent)
  • familiarise yourself with your agency’s quality management system (QMS)
  • complete the verification training modules
  • get assessed by an accreditation body (or by your agency if they are under the KTP model).

3. Complete verification training modules

MPI has developed online training modules to help verifiers understand their role under the Wine Act. Anyone who wants to become a verifier must complete these modules.

To get access to the training modules, complete the training registration form.

Register for the WSMP verifier online training modules

4. Get assessed by an accreditation body

Accreditation can be performed by IANZ or JAS-ANZ. Details are on their websites.



If your agency has been approved to operate under the KTP model, you will be assessed by a person at your agency. If you are not currently recognised as a verifier, you’ll need to:

  • arrange a mock verification, or
  • carry out a real verification under the supervision of a recognised verifier.

The accreditation agency or your KTP assessor will check that you:

  • are familiar with your agency’s QMS
  • know when and how to access a technical expert
  • have the technical competencies required to verify wine businesses.

5. Apply to MPI

Once you have been assessed by an accreditation body or your agency, you can apply to MPI to become recognised. Complete the application form and submit it to MPI. It will usually be processed within 20 working days.

You’ll need to:

  • include the assessment report from IANZ or JAS-ANZ, or a key technical personnel (KTP) recommendation report
  • include confirmation you've completed MPI online training modules
  • pay the application fee.

Application form WA7: Recognised person (wine) [PDF, 1.5 MB]

Email the completed form and supporting documents to

Who to contact

If you have questions about becoming recognised to verify wine businesses, email

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