Official Assurance Programmes

Official assurance programmes describe the phytosanitary requirements of an importing country for, typically, a specific commodity.

These requirements must be adhered to by New Zealand exporters to allow ongoing access for the commodity.

Apples to Australia

Current official assurance programme version (for reference only): A2A CP Apples to Australia 2012-13_V2 Final


Apples to China

Current official assurance programme version (for reference only – contact for further information): MPI Phytosanitary Official Assurance Programme for the Export of Apples to China 2013-2014 Version 2.0


Apples to Japan

Current official assurance programme version (for reference only): 2012-2013_ Apples to Japan Compliance Programme_Version 2.1


Apples to Taiwan


Apple Official Assurance Programmes - MPI Approved Procedures (current versions - for reference only):

MPI approved procedure for Phytosanitary maturity assessment_7 November 2012

MPI approved procedure for validating fruit submissions for CP markets_7 November 2012

MPI approved procedure for Monitoring of CMSM growers_7 November 2012

Bulbs to Japan

Codling Moth Sensitive Markets Programme


Cut Flowers and Foliage to the United States of America

Onion Smut Surveys for Export

Note: Due to the detection of Onion smut (Urocystis cepulae) in the Raglan districts, onions from this area may not be exported to Australia until further notice.
Due to the detection of Onion smut (Urocystis cepulae) in the Hawkes Bay district, onion production sites outside the 3km detection site (map linked below) may continue to export to Australia for this season, based on production site freedom. For more information please contact Plant Exports.

Potato PCN/ Potato Wart Official Assurance Programme

The official assurance programme identifies the Ministry for Primary Industry's operational requirements for the provision of the following additional declarations:

  • production site freedom from potato cyst nematode (Globodera rostochiensis and Globodera pallida) (PCN)
  • area freedom from potato wart (Synchytrium endobioticum)

Official Assurance Programme for Potato Cyst Nematode and Potato Wart Link to PDF document (672 KB)

Relevant documents


Registered MPI Approved Organisation

Secure Pathway



Tomatoes to Australia

Truss tomatoes exported to Australia from New Zealand must be produced in accordance with

Tree Ferns to European Union

Official Assurance Programme – Grade

If you wish to export under this programme, you need a quality grade management plan. The requirements for registering your plan are described in the Official Grade Assurance Standard which is the basis for the programme.

Your quality grade management plan demonstrates how your operation complies with destination country requirements. Your plan should cover all aspects of your operation, for example, growing, grading, packing, storage and shipping.

The plan also describes how you will manage any risks associated with product not meeting grade requirements.

Your completed plan is evaluated by an MPI recognised Independent Verification Agency (IVA). The IVA confirms that it meets requirements set out in the official grade assurance standard. Your IVA also conducts an initial on-site verification and subsequent annual visits to verify that you are operating according to the registered plan.

Once your plan has been registered for the programme, you may apply to MPI for grade assurance certificates under the programme. Your IVA must verify each consignment application.

Official Grade Assurance Standard Link to PDF document (130 KB)

MPI 2013 Official Assurance Programme – Grade Link to PDF document (206 KB)

2014 MPI Approved Grade Programme Participants Link to PDF document (36 KB)

Please note: As the Official Grade Assurance Standard is awaiting update, the following UNECE and OECD links should be used:

UNECE Standard for Apples (2011) (offsite link to

Canada Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Regulations (2011) (offsite link to


Register for DRAP Participants Link to PDF document (65 KB)

Page last updated: 20 November 2014