Become a recognised wine testing laboratory

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

About wine testing

Wine being exported from New Zealand sometimes requires a laboratory report confirming that the wine composition meets destination country requirements. If this analysis is needed to support an official assurance (export certificate) for that country, testing must be performed by a recognised laboratory. 

Becoming a recognised laboratory

To be recognised, a laboratory must:

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

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

Apply for recognition

If your laboratory is interested in becoming recognised, then apply to MPI using the WL1 form.

For details of what you need to do to become a recognised laboratory, refer to the Wine Notice: Laboratories Recognised for Testing of Wine for Export or contact MPI.

Who to contact

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


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