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Source: Ministry for Primary Industries

Have your say

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has worked alongside a number of technical experts across the organics sector to develop draft proposals for the National Organic Standard. These draft proposals contain the technical rules that will regulate the production and processing of organic food, beverages, plant and animal products in New Zealand. The first phase of consultation provided helpful and constructive feedback. With a number of changes made and the addition of a definitions list, in this second phase of consultation we are seeking feedback on the National Organic Standard regulations and definitions list.

The Standard regulation proposals are detailed in the consultation document. We ask that you focus your submission on the topics which apply to your business or area of expertise, acknowledging that the general and inputs sections will apply to most operators.  

We welcome your feedback on these draft proposals before the 14 July closing date.

Consultation document

Draft National Organic Standard regulations [PDF, 846 KB]

Making your submission

Email your feedback on the draft proposals for the Standard by 5pm on 14 July 2023 to

What to include

Make sure you tell us in your submission:

  • the title of the consultation document
  • your name and title
  • your organisation’s name (if you are submitting on behalf of an organisation, and whether your submission represents the whole organisation or a section of it)
  • your contact details (such as phone number, address, and email)
  • answers to the questions we ask below.

Questions to consider when making your submission

Please keep responses to each question to no more than 2 to 3 sentences.


  • We’ve included principles in the regulations. Do they cover the intent of organic principles?
  • If not, what aspects are missing?


  • Proposed definitions have been included. Do these terms cover the intent of the requirements?
  • Do you have any outstanding concerns about the definitions?


  • At the high level, do you agree with these changes?
  • Is there anything you would add or remove?

Other work that will follow this consultation

There is further work and consultation yet to be done. This will include consultation on:

  • the supplementary notices
  • guidance
  • costs of MPI services and any proposed fees and levies in relation to the organics’ regime.

The cost recovery will be consistent with the principled approach set out in MPI’s cost recovery policy guidance, and the framework provided in the Act. The principles for cost recovery are equity, efficiency, justifiability, and transparency.

In addition to cost recovery, we will also consult later on infringement offences and how these will look under the new system.