Official Organic Assurances Program

The New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has an agreement with some countries to facilitate exports of organic products under its Official Organic Assurance Program (OOAP). Requirements are based on the Overseas Market Access Requirements (OMARs) for each market (country), usually resulting in export controls that are equivalent to the destination country’s own organic standard.

The following organic products are usually covered by the OOAP:

  • processed plant and animal products for human or animal consumption (for example, dairy products and fruit juices)
  • unprocessed plant products, animal products and animals (for example, fruit and vegetables, seeds and unprocessed raw wool).

MPI recognises and uses Third Party Agencies to verify that organic products exported under the OOAP are produced in accordance with:

  • any overseas market access requirements of the destination country
  • MPI organic standard OP3, including the Technical Rules.

Applicant CABs wishing to participate in the OOAP as Third Party Agencies will need to comply with NZFSA Food Safety organic standards OP1 and OP2. Applicants will need to contract with MPI and meet any other requirements as determined by MPI from time to time.

As an inspection scheme, applicants also need to comply with ISO/IEC 17020:2012 – Conformity assessment – Requirements for the operation of various types of bodies performing inspection.

Benefits

  • Provides a cost-effective path that facilitate exports of organic products to specific markets.

Scheme owner

New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries.

More information

An application pack, application form and other relevant material is not available on this site. These documents are available through our SharePoint portal. If you are a body that we currently accredit, you can access this information through the Shared CAB Portal. If you are a new applicant, please complete an application enquiry form. Once this form is submitted, the Secretariat will contact you to advise the next steps.  For other stakeholders, please submit your inquiry through the online feedback form.

More information on the OOAP is available at http://www.foodsafety.govt.nz/industry/sectors/organics/exporting/ooap/