The Work Of An Independent Verification Agency
An Independent Verification Agency (IVA) undertakes services on behalf of the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI). An IVA evaluates, audits, and monitors the activities of exporters, to ensure that they are complying with MPI’s regulatory requirements. The AgriChain Centre’s IVA services focus on the Horticulture/Fresh Produce Industry, based on the core competencies of its senior management team.
The AgriChain Centre’s IVA services will assist exporters to meet all relevant requirements in a consistent, cost effective and compliant manner. Our offer includes:
- Evaluation and/or audit of Ministry Approved Organisation (MAO) systems
- Phytosanitary / Endpoint Inspection
- Verification and printing of MPI Phytosanitary Certificates
If you are exporting fresh produce and you need to appoint an IVA then don’t hesitate to contact us. Similarly, we are able to assist packhouses, freight forwarders and MAOs which are handling/assessing export produce. Our highly competent post-harvest team offers a professional and timely service. If you purely rely on IVA services for end point inspections then we we will also carry these out, as required.
Fresh produce exporters need to meet the requirements specified in the MPI Certification Standards and Importing Country Phytosanitary Requirements (ICPRs).
Evaluation and/or audit of Ministry Approved Organisation (MAO) systems
To be approved as an MAO, an applicant has to write an Operating System which need to be evaluated by an IVA.
Phytosanitary / Endpoint Inspection
IVAs and MAOs have been approved as appropriately qualified service providers to inspect produce on MPI’s behalf.