Official Organic Assurance Programme (OOAP)

You can choose to export under the Official Organic Assurance Programme (OOAP) to meet specific market requirements and facilitate product entry to these markets. Learn more about OOAP and meeting these requirements here.

Exporting under OOAP and when it applies

MPI has an agreement with some countries to facilitate the export of organic products. The OOAP is a voluntary programme designed to facilitate the exporting process to specific markets. Requirements are based on the Overseas Market Access Requirements (OMARs) for each market (country), usually resulting in export controls that are equivalent to the destination country’s own organic standard.

Markets covered by the OOAP are:

  • European Union
  • Japan
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan.
  • USA

Organic products covered by the OOAP

Organic products that fall within the following categories are usually covered by the OOAP:

  • processed plant and animal products for human or animal consumption (for example, dairy products and fruit juices)
  • unprocessed plant products, animal products and animals (for example, fruit and vegetables, seeds and unprocessed raw wool).

Organic products not covered by the OOAP

Organic products sold within New Zealand, exported to non-participating markets or exported via non-OOAP pathways are not covered by this programme. For more help, click on Exporting in the left menu.

Note: Not all organic products are covered for all countries under the OOAP.

Meeting OOAP requirements

The OOAP consists of 3 key standards outlining requirements that operators, export and Third Party Agencies (TPAs) must meet. These requirements are detailed on the following pages, available in the left menu:

  • OOAP operator & exporter responsibilities – the standards that apply to organic operators and exporters under the OOAP
  • Third Party Agency (TPA) responsibilities – the standards that apply to organic certifiers recognised under the OOAP.

You must also meet any export requirements specific to the country you are exporting to. Access these by clicking on Organic Overseas Market Access Requirements (OMARs) in the left menu of this page.

Markets covered by the OOAP may also allow organic exports via alternate pathways. See the separate country pages listed under Organic Overseas Market Access Requirements (OMARs) in the left menu of this page for further details.