Recognised Agency – Food Control Plans and National Programmes

Recognised Agency – Food Control Plans and National Programmes

This scheme enables accreditation of MPI’s requirements for recognised agencies and persons undertaking evaluation or verification of Food Control Plan (FCP) and National Programmes.

This scheme replaces the previous MPI scheme for the Inspection and Verification of HACCP-based Food Safety Programmes (FSP), which was made redundant with the introduction of the Food Act 2014 and subsequent Food Notices which apply a more targeted risk based approach. This also aligns with other similar Recognised Agency and Person schemes for Bees, Dairy and Wine industries. MPI recognises and uses verifying agencies to audit and verify bee products RMPs so they can be registered with MPI.

Applicant CABs wishing to be recognised by MPI as verifying agencies for food control plans and national programmes will need to contract with MPI and meet any 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;

ILAC-P15:05/2020: Application of ISO/IEC 17020:2012 for the Accreditation of Inspection Bodies 

In addition, the scheme requires conformity assessment bodies to meet the requirements of: 

MPI Food Notice, Requirements for Recognised Agencies and Persons, 30 September

MPI Food Notice Requirements for Food Control Plans and National Programmes, 25 May 2017 


Scheme Owner 

New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries. 


More Information

An applicant pack, application form and other relevant materials 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 RMPs for bee products is available at