The IANZ MPI Recognised Laboratory Programme (RLP) is a specific industry sector scheme operated for the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).
Every testing laboratory seeking to be a Recognised Agency under the Animal Products Act 1999 (the Act) must be accredited by IANZ as meeting the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025 General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories. Laboratories need to be accredited in order to test materials (meat, poultry, seafood, dairy products, honey, live animals and germplasm) for export to meet importing country requirements.
Laboratories seeking accreditation under the RLP must therefore comply with the MPI Animal Products Notice: Specifications for Laboratories, in addition to ISO/IEC 17025. These laboratories, each with a specified list of tests, are recorded in the recognised laboratories listing on the MPI website.
Fee Schedules can be found at the bottom of the 'Get accredited' page.
The scopes of accreditation under the MPI RLP are restricted to:
· Laboratories that test any products that fall under the Animal Products Act for purposes of export testing;
· Tests or determinants which are detailed in the MPI Consolidated List of Tests for Animal Products, and in accordance with the approved methodology specified in the list.
Testing for any other purpose is outside the scope of this programme and accreditation for such testing can be sought under the IANZ Chemical Testing and/or Biological Testing programmes.