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.
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.
- Publication type: Specifications & Notices
Notice to create a regulated control scheme for the control of specified substances in food producing animals.
- Publication type: Multi-part documents
Notice to create a regulated control scheme for listing, identification, and tracing of cloned animals in New Zealand.
Animal Products (Regulated Control Scheme - Handling of Animal Products and Animal Material at Wharves) Notice 2010Publication type: Specifications & Notices
Requirements for the handling of animal products and animal material at wharves in order to meet requirements of overseas markets.
Animal Products (Regulated Control Scheme - Transport of Animal Products and Animal Material for Export with an Official Assurance) Notice 2009Publication type: Multi-part documents
Requirements for the transport of animal products and animal material in order to meet requirements of overseas markets.
Animal Products Notice: Regulated Control Scheme - Verification of Contaminants in Bee Products for ExportPublication type: Specifications & Notices
Includes Recognised Laboratory Notice 2015 terms and updated sampling plan.
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.