Proposed changes to NAIT Accreditation Standards

We are currently reviewing the NAIT accreditation programme to strengthen animal traceability and build more industry confidence with those that act on behalf of farmers.

As a part of this process, we made minor amendments to the NAIT Accreditation Standards. The consultation closed 9 September 2021.

Proposed changes: NAIT Standard — Accreditation of Information Providers

Types of accreditation

Accredited organisations must comply with the appropriate standards. This includes renewing accreditation every 3 years.

There are 2 types of accreditation that can be granted.

Information provider accreditation

This accreditation type is for any individual or organisation who wants to provide a service to farmers to help them meet their NAIT obligations.

An accredited information provider can perform any NAIT actions on behalf of any PICA farmer they have a contract with. This includes but is not limited to:

  • registering animals
  • recording farm-to-farm movements
  • making animal updates.

Information providers must meet the requirements of the NAIT Standard for Accreditation of Information Providers.

Entities Dealing with NAIT animals (movement exemption)

This accreditation type is specific to entities operating at meat processors, saleyards and export facilities.

An accredited entity can record a one-legged movement when receiving animals at their location. This means that the PICA farmer does not need to record or confirm the movement when sending animals to a saleyard or meat processor.

Accredited entities must meet the requirements of the NAIT Standard Accreditation for Entities Dealing with NAIT Animals.

Meat processors and saleyard operators also have obligations under the NAIT Act, including to register the locations with NAIT, record movements to and from the facility and maintain accurate animal records.

Getting accredited

The accreditation process aims to ensure that all companies or entities that handle NAIT data and perform NAIT actions on behalf of other users comply with the NAIT Accreditation Standards.

OSPRI is currently reviewing the accreditation process and applications are on hold. To express interest in becoming an accredited entity or information provider, email info@ospri.co.nz.