Recognised Agency-Wine

Recognised Agency-Wine

New Zealand winemakers and wine bottlers who intend to make any wine for trade or retail sale, then under the New Zealand Wine Act, must have a Wine Standards Management Plan (WSMP) registered with the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and operate in accordance with the WSMP and applicable export standards if appropriate.  Further information is available from the Ministry for Primary Industries.

MPI recognises and uses verifying agencies to audit and verify wine products WSMPs. Applicant CABs wishing to be recognised by MPI as verifying agencies for wine products will need to comply with relevant sections of the Wine Notice: Recognised Agencies and Persons, Part 2, 2.1, (1), which states that a recognised agency must be accredited to ISO/IEC 17020 as a Type A inspection body.  The Wine Act also provides for recognition in accordance with any alternative standard approved by the Director General.

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.


Provides a cost-effective path to facilitate exports of wine products to specific markets, and a necessary step for the supply of wine products for retail sale in New Zealand.

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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