Information for regulators and verifiers
Information for local councils, third-party verifiers (previously called auditors), evaluators, and compliance officers involved with helping businesses meet their Food Act requirements.
Toolkit for regulators and verifiers
This section of the website is for the agencies and people New Zealand Food Safety works with to administer the Food Act 2014. It is divided into topics:
- Registering food businesses
- Becoming a recognised agency or person
- Working as a verifier
- Working as an evaluator
- Food safety officers
- Food News
- Practice notes – Guidance for Territorial Authorities and verifiers working under the Food Act
- Food Safety Toolkit – Resources include links to videos, posters, and guidance
Registering food businesses
Information to help territorial authorities (TAs) perform their role as registration authorities. Includes suggested registration forms that TAs can use to register businesses under the Act, the scope of operations document, a Multiple Approvals Processing System (MAPS) user guide and a form to apply for access to MAPS.
Becoming a recognised agency or person
To become a recognised agency or person under the Food Act you need to be a recognised person or agency to verify or evaluate Food Control Plans (FCPs) and to verify businesses subject to FCPs and national programmes. Find out the skills you need, and what you need to do.
Working as a verifier
Find out how to perform your role as a Food Act verifier, whether you are an existing or new verifier. Check who verifies what under the Act, and what is expected of verifiers under the Act.
Working as an evaluator
The role of custom food control plan evaluator is contestable – that means any agency or person that has gained the appropriate recognition can evaluate custom food control plans.
Food safety officers
Details on how to become a food safety officer, the skills you'll need and what you need to do to do your job.
New Zealand Food Safety produces a regular newsletter called Food News for regulators and verifiers with information and developments about the Food Act.
If you have trouble signing up for Food News, you can also ask to be added to the subscription list by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Who to contact
If you have questions about the Food Act 2014, email email@example.com.