Apiary Certification

From the hives right through to the honey, New Zealand produces some astounding honey that the rest of the world are calling out for. Whilst you apply your knowledge to the bees and their hives whilst harvesting some delicious produce - we’re there to help you through the organic certification process.

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BioGro help you every step of the way, below we explain how your organic journey would look from start to finish.


Expression of Interest

Tell us you're interested in organic certification. We are available for contact weekdays between 9-5, with a whole team eager to help you. The quickest route for contact is to register your interest. Alternatively, you can email us using info@biogro.co.nz or call us on 04-801 9741. We also offer Initial Contact Meetings with a one-on-one consultation about whether certification is right for you. We highly advise an Initial Contact Meeting with one of our expert auditors. This allows us to assess whether certification is right for you at your current stage, and allows to give you advice on how to progress with your passion for organics.


Initial Assessment

After you have had your Initial Contact Meeting with an auditor, we will get in contact with you based on the outcome of this. If you are still committed to started your organic journey, the below outlines what this will look like

  1. We will ask you complete and send a short Application Form, we will invoice you on receipt of your application.

  2. BioGro will set you up with your own personal log-in and send you relevant documentation to complete. Once we get you online and send documents, we will ask you to fill out the online forms accompanied by the paperwork.

  3. Once the certification fee has been paid, BioGro will assess your application.

  4. Whilst assessing your application, BioGro will arrange for an auditor to visit your operation to carry out an on-site inspection.

  5. Following a satisfactory audit report and residue test from honey harvest after the 12 month conversion, we issue you with certification, and supply you with our highly recognised logo. We then require a copy of the product label(s) for us to assess and approve before you go to print

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Cost;

The annual cost of certification is $1795 plus label approval fees, auditor fees and G.S.T (auditor fee calculated on region). Please be aware that there are also small ongoing approval charges. Once you have submitted your application, we will give you a personalised quote.

Timeframe;

BioGro certification requires a minimum of 1 years compliance with the BioGro NZ Organic Standards.

Your first audit will determine the registration start date of your hives. To obtain a status of fully certified, you will need to demonstrate compliance with the BioGro NZ Organic Standards through annual renewal applications and audits.

Process;

Apiary Certification is arguably one of the toughest standards to meet due to the unpredictable behaviour of the bees. Below we bullet point a few things we will be looking for when going through your certification process.

  • Ensure your hives are at least 3km from conventional cropping or horticulture and possible contamination sources or urban areas

  • Collect land-user statements within a 3km radius around all hive sites which disclose pesticide use within the last 12 months and planned subsequent 12 months

  • Hives should be managed on organic hive sites or wild natural areas

  • Replace all wax to a BioGro approved wax

  • After 12 month conversion, it is possible honey collected after this timeframe can be labelled as organic ALTHOUGH we require residue tests of all hive sites. Clear results leads to full certification.

What we will ask for;

It is crucial that you send us all necessary documentation, and ensure that all online forms are filled out carefully and correctly. We will give you guidance during this stage.