MINISTRY FOR PRIMARY INDUSTRIES
Overview of the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI)
(MPI) plays a crucial role in the organic sector in New Zealand, especially in the context of exports. Here are some key aspects of MPI's role in organic exporting:
Regulation and Standards: MPI develops and enforces standards for organic products. These standards outline the criteria that must be met for a product to be labeled as organic in New Zealand and for export.
Certification: For organic products to be exported, they must be certified by an MPI-approved third-party agency. MPI maintains a list of recognized agencies that can certify products as organic based on the standards set.
Export Assurance: MPI provides assurance to importing countries that New Zealand's organic products meet the required organic standards of the destination country.
This can involve negotiating equivalence arrangements with other countries, making it easier for New Zealand organic exporters.
Monitoring and Compliance: MPI monitors and ensures compliance with organic standards, especially in the context of exports. This includes checking that products labeled as organic truly meet the necessary criteria.
Information and Support: MPI offers guidance and resources for organic producers and exporters on understanding and complying with organic standards and export requirements.
Review and Updates: The organic sector is evolving, and so are international standards. MPI reviews and updates New Zealand's organic standards and regulations to ensure they remain relevant and align with international best practices.