Independent Verification Agency Export Inspection for Plant and Plant Products

Independent Verification Agency Export Inspection for Plant and Plant Products

The scheme operates through the delegation of authority by the New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) to authorised Independent Verification Agencies (IVAs) to provide certification services for exports of plant and forest products. MPI uses IVAs to provide information and services for exporters including destination country requirements, ePhyto requests and verification, phytosanitary inspection, and pest surveys.

The scheme is based on the New Zealand Plant Exports Certification Standards which outline requirements that parties involved in exporting plants need to meet.

Applicant CABs will need to comply with MPI’s Accreditation of Independent Verification Agencies Providing Forestry Export Phytosanitary Certification Services. Applicants will need to contract with MPI and meet any other requirements as determined by MPI from time to time.

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


  • Provides a cost-effective path that enables access for New Zealand plant exports to world 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.

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