Organic accreditation bodies
Understand the role of accreditation bodies under the OOAP and how to find an accreditation body.
Defining accreditation body
An accreditation body is an internationally recognised independent organisation which is authorised to accredit organisations to certain ISO standards.
Accreditation role & responsibilities
The role of accreditation bodies is to accredit Third Party Agencies (TPAs) and their personnel (individuals). Following a TPA's accreditation, the accreditation body then recommends that the TPA or individual become and remain recognised by MPI.
MPI recognition means that TPAs and their personnel are recognised to evaluate and verify that organic operators and exporters meet NZFSA organic standard OP3 and relevant overseas market access requirements.
Assessing organic standards for TPAs
Accreditation bodies assess TPAs and their personnel against:
- ISO 17020
- NZFSA organic standards OP1 and OP2.
Finding an accreditation body
The 2 accreditation bodies that operate in New Zealand are:
- International Accreditation New Zealand (IANZ) (External website)
- Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ) (External website)
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