The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), at its discretion, approves logistics companies, exporters, and packhouses with suitably qualified staff to carry out pre-export phytosanitary services – the work required to enable export consignments of fruit or vegetables to be issued with a phytosanitary certificate. These organisations are referred to as Ministry Approved Organisations (MAO).
In order to be approved as an MAO, an applicant has to write an Operating System which documents how they meet the Plant Export Requirements. These Operating Systems need to be evaluated by an IVA. When the IVA is satisfied that an organisation meets the Ministry’s requirements to function as an MAO, the IVA recommends appointment.
MAO operating systems are subject to regular audits from a contracted IVA.