Become a recognised agency or person to verify wine businesses

You need to be a recognised person or agency to verify businesses subject to wine standards management plans (WSMPs). Find out what you need to do to become a recognised agency or person under the Wine Act 2003.

Why you need to be recognised

Wine-making businesses need to comply with the law. Private agencies or individuals can have a regulatory role, checking compliance on behalf of the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI). 

The recognition process makes sure agencies or individuals meet the standards that we would apply if we were doing the checks ourselves.

How to become recognised

Follow the steps for agencies or for individuals.

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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. This can be obtained from an accreditation body, either IANZ or 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 operate as a recognised agency, at least 1 person will also need to become recognised so they can undertake verification under your system. This can only happen after your agency has been recognised.

At most recognised agencies, all the people who undertake verification need to be assessed individually. However, individual assessment is not required if an agency manages more than 5 people and operates under the key technical personnel (KTP) model. Under the KTP model, the accreditation body looks at the procedures staff follow and assesses the people who supervise the staff doing verifications.

Find out more

KTP model information sheet

IANZ

JAS-ANZ

2. Apply to MPI for recognition

Once you have 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 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 to become a recognised agency (wine): Form WA8 [PDF, 1021 KB]

Email the completed form and supporting documents to approvals@mpi.govt.nz

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

1. The agency you work for must be recognised

If you want to become a verifier under the Wine Act, you’ll need to apply to become a recognised person. The agency you work for must be formally recognised before you can gain recognition.

2. Check you can meet the requirements

To become a recognised person you will need to:

  • 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 accredited by an accreditation body. 

3. Complete verification training modules

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

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

Register for online training

4. Get accredited by an accreditation body

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

IANZ

JAS-ANZ

The accreditation body will interview you and watch you carry out a verification. If you are not currently operating as a verifier, you’ll need to arrange a mock verification. The accreditation agency 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, you can apply to MPI to become recognised. Complete the application form and submit it to MPI. It will 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
  • pay the application fee.

Application to become a recognised person (wine): Form WA7 [PDF, 1.5 MB]

Email the completed form and supporting documents to approvals@mpi.govt.nz

Who to contact

If you have any questions about becoming a recognised person or agency, email info@mpi.govt.nz

 

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