Making changes to your Wine Standards Management Plan (WSMP)

See guidance and examples of significant and minor amendments to WSMPs. The examples do not cover all possible amendments.

Legal requirements for changing your WSMP

If you want to make a change to your WSMP you need to do the following:

  • decide whether the change is a 'significant' or 'minor' amendment
  • notify MPI using the appropriate form.

If you are unsure whether the amendment to your WSMP is significant or minor, first contact your verifying agency for advice.

Full details of the legal requirements are explained in various sections of the Wine Act 2003.

Making significant amendments to WSMPs

If you make a significant amendment to a registered WSMP, you must amend the plan and notify MPI of the amendment. The 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.

See section 22 of the Wine Act 2003 for the full legal requirements.

Forms for making significant amendments

If you make a significant amendment to your WSMP, you need to notify MPI by completing either a WA5, WA6 or WA9 form. The form you need to complete, and any associated fees and charges, depends on the nature of the amendment.

Change of operator

Use the WA5 form Registration of wine standards management plan under new operator if you want to change the operator registered on your plan.

Change of recognised agency

Use the WA9 form Change of recognised agency for verification purposes if you want to change the recognised agency, which verifies your WSMP.

Other amendments

Use the WA6 form Registration of significant amendments to registered wine standards management plan for other significant amendments:

  • change of premises, that is, your physical address
  • extension of boundary from existing WSMP site plan – unless you can give a hazard-based justification as to why the extension should be considered minor
  • changes to activities as registered in your plan, for example receipt of grapes, receipt of wine or juice, winemaking, bottling, labelling or storage
  • changing from making fruit wine, cider and mead to grape wine
  • adding a new site to a WSMP that covers multiple sites
  • adding a new business to a WSMP that covers multiple businesses
  • changing from following an approved Code of Practice (COP) to an alternative programme, which requires independent evaluation.

WA6 – PDF version [PDF, 484 KB]

Making minor amendments to WSMPs

Minor amendments, as defined by the Wine Act 2003:

  • are of such a nature as not to require registration under section 22 of the Wine Act, which describes significant amendments
  • have not been previously notified under section 22.

See sections 23 and 27 of the Wine Act for information about surrendering your WSMP.

Form for making minor amendments to WSMPs

If you make a minor amendment to your WSMP, you need to notify MPI by completing the WA12 form Minor update to wine standards management plan.

Examples of minor amendments include:

  • surrendering your WSMP
  • changing your trading name
  • changing the address, but not the premises, of your business – for example, if the council changes the road numbering system or you change your postal address
  • changing the person responsible for your WSMP
  • reduction in the boundary of your site
  • changing the products you make – for example from still wine to sparkling wine, fortified wine, wine product or wine based liqueur
  • changing from making grape wine to making fruit wine, cider and mead
  • removing a site from a WSMP that covers multiple sites
  • removing a business from a WSMP that covers multiple businesses.

Suspension of your winemaking operations

MPI can suspend any or all of your winemaking operations for a period of up to 3 months if we have grounds to believe:

  • the WSMP is no longer effective
  • the wine made under the WSMP no longer meets requirements of the Act.

See section 24 of the Wine Act 2003 for further information.

De-registration of your WSMP

MPI can de-register a WSMP.

See section 25 of the Wine Act 2003 for further information.

Removal of a business from a WSMP

MPI can remove a wine business from a WSMP that covers multiple businesses.

See section 26 of the Wine Act 2003 for further information.

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