Regulated control schemes (RCSs)

RCSs are imposed by the government to manage food-related risks. This is done through MPI and in consultation with industry.

An RCS is developed in the following circumstances:

  • when a Risk Management Programme (RMP) would not be feasible or practicable
  • when it is more efficient for the government to run a national programme
  • if it is needed to meet the market access requirements of export markets.

RCSs are legislated in 2 different ways:

  • under regulation
  • as a notice under section 60 of the Animal Products Act (APA) 1999.

RCSs legislated under regulation

There are 4 RCSs legislated under regulation. Businesses which operate under these must participate irrespective of whether their products are intended for sale in New Zealand or for export.

New Zealand Legislation: Animal Products (Regulated Control Scheme - Limited Processing Fishing Vessels) Regulations 2001 (External website)

New Zealand Legislation: Animal Products (Regulated Control Scheme - Bivalve Molluscan Shellfish) Regulations 2006 (External website)

New Zealand Legislation: Animal Products (Regulated Control Scheme - Contaminant Monitoring and Surveillance) Regulations 2004 (External website)

New Zealand Legislation: Animal Products (Regulated Control Scheme - Dairy Export Quota Products) Regulations 2008 (External website)

Some of the requirements are elaborated in more detail in specifications or notices issued under the regulations.

RCSs under section 60 of the APA

Some RCSs are issued as a Notice under section 60 of the APA. All of these:

  • are national in scope
  • apply only to products intended for export
  • manage market access requirements
  • are issued after exporters have been notified of the requirements in an overseas market access requirement (OMAR).

RCSs issued in this way relate to:

  • hormonal growth promotant
  • control of specified substances and contaminants
  • transport of animal products for export and handling of animal products at wharves
  • listing of cloned animals
  • verification of farms and stock saleyards exporting animals to the European Union (EU)
  • verification of contaminants in bee products.

Below are links to the RCSs under section 60 of the APA.

Meeting the requirements of an RCS

As each RCS is specific to a particular food sector, details of how to meet the requirements can be found in the section for that food sector. Where further notices and guidance have been issued by MPI to clarify the requirements of an RCS, you can find links to these in the relevant food sector or in the food safety Industry eLibrary.

Food sectors