Getting your Risk Management Programme (RMP) verified

After registering your RMP, you must get it checked regularly by a MPI-recognised verifier to ensure you are complying with the law.

About verification

Verification is the process of checking a business is complying with the requirements of the Animal Products Act to ensure it delivers product that is fit for intended purpose. Verifiers do this by assessing whether operators are following their registered RMP and any market access requirements (such as OMARs).

Using a recognised verifier

Verification can only be performed by people who work for a MPI-recognised verifying agency. The agency will visit and verify your records regularly to check that your RMP is delivering product fit for purpose.

See below for a list of recognised verification agencies by product.

Animal products excluding dairy – Recognised agencies

Animal products excluding dairy – Recognised persons – Verifiers

Dairy products – Recognised agencies

Dairy products – Recognised persons

Verification frequency

Compliance with your registered RMP must be checked (verified) regularly by a recognised verifying agency. Your first verification will usually occur within one to six months of your RMP registration date, depending on the type of animal product you process. Check the relevant food sector page on this website.

Food sectors

How often your operation is verified after that depends on your level of compliance with the registered RMP and any market access requirements. If your operation complies with the documented programme, less frequent verification is required. More frequent visits are needed if your RMP is not compliant, or you export product.

You are responsible for ensuring verification occurs before the deadline and for paying for the verification visit.

For more information on external verification, see the 'Operating the Registered RMP: External verification' section of the RMP manual.

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