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From our customers

"Assured Audits have been instrumental in helping our company achieve the best possible standard of food safety. Their valuable knowledge of the industry and attention to detail has given us the confidence to implement excellent strategies within our manufacturing processes. Their continued guidance allows us to maintain best practice systems and we have a manufacturing process that we are very proud of ".

Wendy Kendall, Owner, Waiheke Herbs Ltd


"We were fortunate to have Shane Hopgood of Assured Audits referred to us as providing a professional and friendly service when we were ready for our first audit in 2009.

We found him very approachable and knowledgeable, guiding us through the first few years of implementing and fine-tuning our Food Safety Programme, to ensure our systems and documents were supporting our food manufacturing business to the highest standard.

We are very appreciative of his continued attention, and the assurance that we can trust we are achieving the highest quality and safety of our products and operations".

Paul Jolly, Managing Director, 100% Nutz Ltd



MPI recognised auditors/verifiers for the food industry since 2002

Custom and Template Food Control Plan (FCP) and National Programme (NP) verification audits

Custom Food Control Plan evaluations

For information on evaluation of Custom Food Control Plans please click here to read about our services.


Assured Audits NZ Ltd - who are we?

We're a privately owned food industry focused audit company.

We work throughout New Zealand, bringing strong technical and practical expertise to food safety management programme (Food Control Plan (FCP) and National Programme (NP)) evaluations and verifications.

Shane Hopgood owns the business and is the principal Food Act verifier/auditor and evaluator.  Helen McDonald has been involved in the business since its inception, and was previously a co-managing director. In addition we appointed Gavin Jacobson to our audit team in late 2014, Karen Whittington in late 2015, and Alicia Pratt in mid 2017.  Collectively we draw on over 100 years of combined experience in the food industry to provide professional and sound audit outcomes.

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Understanding your business - valuing long term partnerships

Operating a small business ourselves, we understand what it means to provide a quality, efficient and personal service.

When you work with us, you can expect a seamless evaluation/verification process.  This starts with your initial enquiry, right through to obtaining Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) or local Council recognition by meeting the objectives of your Food Control Plan/National Programme.

You will generally deal with the same person from the moment you decide to nominate us as your regulatory evaluators/verifiers.  That's because we believe in forming strong relationships, and want to partner with you over the long term.

IANZ and ISO 17020 Accredited/ MPI recognised

To assure you of our competence and professional standing, we undergo independent annual assessments of our food safety management programme auditing systems, quality systems, and verifiers/auditors.

These assessments are conducted by International Accreditation New Zealand (IANZ).  For more information, see  www.ianz.govt.nz

We hold ISO 17020 accreditation as an Inspection Body, together with Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) recognition as Food Control Plan and National Programme verification auditors and evaluators.


We are recognised to offer regulatory food safety verification audits (and evaluations where applicable) in the following industry sectors:

  • General Manufacture of Food
  • Manufacture of Cook Chill Food
  • Manufacture of High Risk Food
  • Manufacture of Frozen Food
  • Transport and Storage of Food
  • Catering Establishments
  • Eating Houses (including Takeaways)
  • Retail Sale of Food
  • Primary and Secondary Processing of Produce
  • Dairy manufacturing and packing (excluding the manufacture of raw milk products) for sale on the domestic market
  • All other food sectors with the exception of canning and aseptic processing/packing

Our Certificate of Accreditation sets out full details of our ISO 17020 accreditation.

Our MPI FCP/NP Verification Auditor and Evaluator recognition details can be viewed at this MPI website page