Recognised persons

Learn about the role and responsibilities of recognised persons in food safety. Find out how to become a recognised person or renew your recognised person status.

The role of recognised persons

Recognised persons are individuals recognised by MPI to carry out specific functions and activities on behalf of a recognised agency under the Animal Products Act (APA) 1999 or Food Act 2014.

Note:

Recognised persons may be accredited to perform the following functions and activities within their area of specialisation.

Evaluator

An evaluator is a person recognised under section 103 of the APA to perform an independent external assessment of the validity of a Risk Management Programme (RMP), or recognised under sections 139-141 of the Food Act 2014 to perform an independent external assessment of the validity of a Food Control Plan (FCP). Once an RMP or FCP is recognised as being valid, it can be recommended for registration. Evaluation is necessary for most RMPs or FCPs unless the RMP or FCP is based on a template, model or Code of Practice (COP) approved under Section 12(3A) of the APA or sections 139 or 140 of the Food Act 2014.

Recognised Evaluators of Non-dairy Risk Management Programmes - Guidance (737 KB PDF)

Competency requirements and recognition process for a person to become a recognised RMP evaluator involved in evaluating RMPs.

Verifier

A verifier is a person recognised under section 103 of the APA or sections 139-141 of the Food Act to verify operations under an RMP, FCP, Regulated Control Scheme (RCS), national programme, standards and specifications or import or export requirements. Verifiers are also sometimes referred to as auditors.

Tester / sampler / analyst

Testers, samplers and analysts undertake activities under a range of legislation. In general individual testers, analysts or samplers are not required to be recognised by MPI. But there may be specific requirements under the associated regulations, specifications or RCSs that they may need to meet with regard to qualifications, listings and supervision.

Legal responsibilities of recognised persons

The legal requirements under the APA that recognised persons must comply with are set out in the Animal Products (Recognised Agencies and Persons Specifications) Notice 2007 and any amendments to that Notice. You can find more Notices and amendments by clicking on Documents, the Specifications & Notices in the left-hand menu.

To ensure you are complying with the most recently issued Recognised Agencies/Persons Notice, you may wish to subscribe to receive important updates relevant to recognised agencies. Find out how to sign up on the Overview page in the left-hand menu.

Other resources are available to assist recognised persons. Use the menu on the left to navigate to the Documents area for Labs & recognised agencies/persons. If you are still unsure about recognised person responsibilities, contact the Approvals team using the Key contacts link on the right of this page.

Learn more about Food Act recognised persons.

Finding recognised persons

Find recognised or approved people on MPI.govt.nz.

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Becoming a recognised person

Recognised persons need to be capable of managing and supplying the particular functions and activities for which they are recognised. This includes being:

  • appropriately skilled to carry out specified functions and activities
  • reputable and of good character
  • able to maintain an appropriate degree of impartiality and independence
  • able to meet the requirements of any regulations and specifications under the APA.

More detailed information about accreditation requirements are provided in the Recognised Agencies/Persons Notices. Click on Documents in the left-hand menu, then Specifications & Notices to find links to the relevant Notices.

Food Act changes

From 1 March 2016 the new Food Act is in force. All existing FSP auditors can continue to audit existing FSPs under the new Act as deemed verifiers.

Applying for or renewing your recognised persons status

Use the Application Form AP7 to:

  • apply to become a recognised person
  • to renew your recognised persons status.

AP7 – Recognised person

Changing or terminating the recognised agency you operate under

Use the Application Form AP60 to:

  • change the recognised agency responsible for your recognised person verification activities
  • terminate your contract with a recognised agency.