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May 17, 2018

Act now to support a single national organic standard: OANZ Chair


Doug Voss calls on OANZ members and interested parties for submissions to support an enforceable, single, national organic standard. 

Category: General
Posted by: brendan

Kia ora tatou,

We want to encourage you to make your voices heard in support of implementing a mandatory, single, national standard for organics and bring New Zealand’s regulatory regime up to international standards.

Following Agriculture Minister​ Damien O’Connor’s announcement on Monday, ​May 14, consultations are now open until June 11.

We would encourage you to read MPI’s paper, Would New Zealand benefit from new organic regulation? It is available online here. It sets out the pros and cons of a series of options as well as MPI’s preferred options for a mandatory and enforceable national standard and an underpinning Act. The diagram on page 19 and Appendix 1 are key.  

MPI’s preferred options and ​OANZ's​ four-point strategy that you have supported are aligned. See below.

MPI’s Preferred Position

OANZ Four-Point Strategy 

  • Regulate the use of the term organic
  • Develop a single mandatory standard
  • Part of Stage II of the process

 

  • ​The national standard will cover export, domestic and imported certified organic product
  • Regulate the use of the term organic
  • Develop a single national standard
  • Adopt MPI’s Official Organic Assurance Programme (OOAP) Technical Rules as the national standard
  • The national standard will cover export, domestic and imported certified organic product

 

 

What you need to do

To make it easy for you to give your feedback so we can move to the next stage, we have prepared a letter you can use as a submission. Download a copy of the letter here.

You will need to send your feedback before the consultation closes at 5pm on 11 June 2018 by: 

​We also urge you, your colleagues, members and clients to attend a regional meeting. You can see what is most convenient here: regional public consultations. OANZ Board members will be attending all meetings and we look forward to seeing you there. 

 

Next Steps

With your help, we are expecting the consultation response to demonstrate full support for establishing the single national standard. MPI would then move to Phase II with the drafting of the Organic Act and supporting regulations on how the new regime would operate. This would include defining a single, mandatory, national organic standard. There will be further opportunities to provide feedback.

We will keep you informed.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

​Sincerely

Doug Voss

Chair 
Organics Aotearoa New Zealand

 

Supporting documents
  1. Minister Damien O'Connor's announcement
  2. MPI discussion paper
  3. Briefing document by OANZ Chair Doug Voss to OANZ membership