WSMP changes might be minor or significant
If you want to make a change to your WSMP, you need to decide whether the change is a significant or minor amendment. We explain the differences on this web page.
- For significant amendments, you must apply to the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) to register the change.
- For minor amendments, you must notify MPI.
Both types of changes require you to complete and submit relevant forms.
If after reading the guidance below you are unsure whether the amendment to your WSMP is significant or minor, contact your verifier for advice.
Significant amendments to WSMPs
An amendment is significant if the change means that your plan:
- is no longer appropriate to the wine, processes, premises, or place covered by the plan
- impacts on whether the wine is fit for its intended purpose
- affects the content of the WSMP.
You must apply to MPI to register a significant amendment to your WSMP using form WA6 if you want to make changes that include:
- a change of premises (for example, your winery site address)
- an extension of boundaries (new buildings or adjacent land) from existing WSMP site plan – unless you can give a hazard-based justification as to why the extension should be considered minor
- adding a new site to a WSMP
- adding a new business to a WSMP that covers multiple businesses
- changing from following an approved model to an alternative programme, which requires independent evaluation.
A change to processes as registered in your plan may also be significant. Such changes include:
- receipt of grapes or fruit – owned or purchased
- receipt of juice, wine, fruit wine, concentrate, cider, or mead – owned or purchased
- bottling or packing
Application form WA6: Registration of significant amendment to a WSMP [PDF, 885 KB]
Minor amendments to WSMPs
Minor amendments include changing:
- postal address, contact details, or registered company address
- WSMP trading name (not change of operator)
- WSMP manager name
- changing one type of pre-approved WSMP template or model to another
- types of wine or product made – for example, from still wine to sparkling wine, fortified wine, wine product, or wine-based liqueur.
Other types of minor amendments are:
- a change to the scope of your WSMP, for example adding new products to your WSMP
- removing a site from a WSMP that covers multiple sites
- removing a business from a WSMP that covers multiple businesses
- reduction in the boundary of your site.
If you make a minor amendment to a registered WSMP, you must:
- amend the plan
- notify MPI by completing notification form WA12.
Notification form WA12: Minor update to a WSMP [PDF, 303 KB]
Other changes that mean you must notify MPI
Some changes are not classed as significant or minor, but you must still notify MPI about:
- changes to business name or operator
- voluntarily suspending or surrendering your WSMP
- change of recognised agency that verifies your WSMP.
Use the form relevant to the type of change.
Registration of wine standards management plan under new operator (WA5) [PDF, 388 KB]
Minor update to a WSMP (WA12) [PDF, 303 KB]
Change of recognised agency for verification purposes (WA9) [PDF, 1.2 MB]
Who to contact
If you have questions about wine standards management plans, email firstname.lastname@example.org