Under the Wine Act, businesses operating under a registered Wine Standards Management Plan (WSMP) must be verified. Find out about the responsibilities of wine verifiers and WSMP operators.
Verification – what it is
Verification is the process of checking that winemaking businesses are complying with the requirements of the Wine Act 2003. Verifiers do this by assessing whether winemakers are following their registered Wine Standards Management Plans (WSMPs) and any applicable export requirements.
The purpose of verification is to:
- confirm that you are meeting the regulatory requirements relevant to your operations
- determine whether you will be able to meet these requirements in the period between the current and the next verification.
Verification of registered WSMPs is required annually if you make wine for export. If you do not make wine for export, your verifier determines the frequency of your verifications, based on your past performance. It is your responsibility to schedule a verification visit according to the level of frequency assigned to you.
Your verification must be completed during or before the calendar month it is due in. For example, if your last verification was on 15 June 2011 and you make wine for export, you must schedule your next visit by 30 June 2012 at the latest. If you do not make wine for export and have been allocated level 2 frequency, then your next verification is due on or before 30 June 2013.
There is further information about frequency levels in the following notice of direction.
What a verifier does
Verification under the Wine Act is a systems-based verification. The focus of wine verification is on the integrity of the systems and processes, rather than on inspection. This means that the verifier examines your systems and processes to confirm that all wine you have made complies with requirements under the Wine Act.
WSMPs must be verified by a person recognised under the Wine Act to perform verification activities and functions.
If you operate under a WSMP, you are responsible for:
- engaging a verifier before you register your WSMP
- giving your chosen verifier access to relevant information during the verification visit
- ensuring that verification of your WSMP occurs before the annual deadline.
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Finding a verifier
Verification can only be performed by a person who has been recognised under the Wine Act 2003. Verifiers must also be employed or engaged by an agency recognised under the Wine Act.
MPI maintains a list of:
- all people who are recognised as wine verifiers
- all agencies who are recognised to perform activities such as wine verification.
Becoming recognised to perform verification
Find out how to become a verifier (recognised person) and recognised agency, including the requirements under the Wine Act and how to apply:
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