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Here are some links for some useful information on our product certifications and partners who we work with.
BioGro NZ and its registered trademark are owned by The New Zealand Biological Producers and Consumers Society (NZBPCS). NZBPCS is a not for profit, incorporated society and registered charity - an industry and consumer organisation supported by its members and directed by a board of councillors.
For producers: BioGro provide producers with organic certification as an assurance of organic integrity for their customers. BioGro certification also gives producers market access in NZ and to key international markets.
For consumers: BioGro certify producers as ‘organic’ so that when you buy products/services you can be guaranteed that the highest organic standards have been met every step of the way. The BioGro logo guarantees that products have been produced without the routine use of synthetic pesticides or fertilizers, or genetically modified ingredients, that they have a reduced effect on the environment, animals have been treated humanely along the way, and that rural communities have been united and empowered. www.biogro.co.nz.
NZTE work to stimulate New Zealand’s economic growth by helping to boost export earnings, strengthening regional economies, and delivering economic development assistance to industries and individual businesses. They use their knowledge of and contacts in overseas markets to connect New Zealand businesses with trade and investment opportunities internationally. www.nzte.govt.nz
Natural Products New Zealand (NPNZ) is a national industry organisation representing the natural products, functional foods, complementary medicines, cosmeceuticals and nutraceuticals industries.
Founded in 2002 by industry and with support of the New Zealand Government’s business and export development agency, New Zealand Trade & Enterprise, NPNZ works to maximise the industry’s competitive advantage and increase the profile of New Zealand as a source of high quality natural products.
NPNZ led the first ever natural products industry formal trade mission to the United States, successfully raising its international profile and creating opportunities for manufacturers, ingredient suppliers, and marketers. The organisation has also hosted New Zealand industry delegates at international trade fairs in Asia and Europe.
NPNZ provides a national voice for the New Zealand industry, representing members at all levels including communications with government, media, industry commentators and related professional bodies. www.naturalproductsnz.org
These include national consenting under the Resource Management Act, regulation of hazardous substances and new organisms, ozone depleting chemicals, hazardous waste exports and imports, and assessment of environmental effects in Antarctica.
The Environmental Protection Authority is responsible for several activities under different legislation including
Hazardous substances and new organisms.
They safeguard people and the environment by regulating the introduction and use of hazardous substances and new organisms. They do this under the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms (HSNO) Act. This applies to new plants, animals and other new organisms including genetically modified organisms. They also deal with over 100,000 different types of hazardous substances ranging from explosives, pesticides, industrial chemicals, petrol and gas to household cleaners and other consumer goods. www.epa.govt.nz
MAF provides advice to Ministers, stakeholders, and other government agencies on the coexistence between different agricultural production systems. MAF also advises Ministers on any international developments in achieving coexistence of genetically modified (GM) and non-GM production systems that have implications for New Zealand.
"Coexistence" is where different primary production systems are each contributing to the overall benefit of New Zealand while ensuring that their operations are managed so that they affect each other as little as possible. This can include non-GM systems such as organic production and conventional agriculture.
Producers in New Zealand currently use different types of non-GM systems, such as conventional or organic production. Coexistence between these systems has been happening in New Zealand (and overseas) for many years. For example, New Zealand's organics industry coexists alongside conventional production, which uses products and methods not allowed in organic production. In the future New Zealanders may choose to use GM in their production systems.
In 2003, Cabinet agreed that effective coexistence of GM and non-GM production can be achieved in New Zealand by proceeding carefully and using our comprehensive regulatory framework to examine each use of a GM organism on a case-by-case basis.
Currently there are no conditionally released GM organisms in New Zealand. For more details visit www.mpi.govt.nz/agriculture/rural-communities/gm-coexistence
The Organic Guarantee System
IFOAM provides a market guarantee for integrity of organic claims. The Organic Guarantee System (OGS) unites the organic world through a common system of standards, verification and market identity. It fosters equivalence among participating IFOAM accredited certifiers, paving the way for more orderly and reliable trade whilst acknowledging consumer trust in the organic ‘brand’. www.ifoam.org
The OECD provides a forum in which governments can work together to share experiences and seek solutions to common problems. They work with governments to understand what drives economic, social and environmental change. They measure productivity and global flows of trade and investment, and analyse and compare data to predict future trends. The OECD set international standards on all sorts of things, from the safety of chemicals and nuclear power plants to the quality of cucumbers. www.oecd.org/newzealand/