QCONZ set to audit NZFAP from 1 October
Date: 1 August 2023
As of 1 October, the QCONZ team will be delivering audits for the New Zealand Farm Assurance Programme (NZFAP). We have been working hard behind the scenes to get systems and processes in place, and from August farmers can expect to start hearing from us regarding audit bookings.
One of our goals was to be more active in certification programmes and move beyond our dairy base. We’d long looked at the red meat and wool sector, deciding that it would be a logical next move given our pastoral farming history. In the NZFAP and NZFAP Plus programmes we saw an exciting opportunity to expand our service offering and our customer base.
The day that we were advised by NZFAI that our proposal was accepted was a very special day for us all. The competitive tender process had galvanised us and to see our hard work pay dividends was a special moment. Since that day, the preparation required to begin delivery has fully engaged each part of the QCONZ delivery arm, with NZFAP Plus rolling out on April 1 of this year and NZFAP to follow in October.
We’re extremely grateful to NZFAI for trusting in our ability to set up our systems and deliver what are nationally significant assurance programmes. The onus is now on us to meet and exceed NZFAI’s expectations.
About NZFAP and NZFAP Plus:
NZFAP and NZFAP Plus are voluntary nationwide farm assurance programmes originally developed under the Red Meat Profit Partnership (RMPP), a joint Primary Growth Partnership initiative between the NZ red meat sector, banks and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).
The programmes aim to provide confidence and certainty to consumers worldwide that the meat and wool produced from NZ’s sheep, beef and deer farms is authentic, genuine and safe.
The programmes provide assurance regarding integrity, traceability, animal health and welfare, people, farm and natural resources and biosecurity.
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