Comvita Honey Quality and Safety Certification

Comvita is a centre of excellence for honey testing and continuously invests in the best equipment available in the world.

The 2013 purchase of an Isotope Ration Mass Spectrometer and UHPLC with a Quantiva Mass Spectrometer detector means an expansion in the size and staffing of the Comvita Laboratory. The Quantiva is the first of its type in New Zealand.

As the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of Manuka honey, Comvita has always been committed to providing assurances to global customers of freshness, purity, safety and authenticity.

Comvita CEO Brett Hewlett says, “Comvita was the first in the world to implement a new UPHLC laboratory method that detects in a single test for UMF, any effects of heat damage and the freshness of Manuka honey. This rapid 3 in 1 test has given us enormous advantages in screening for the highest possible Manuka honey quality. We can provide assurances to our global customers that the quality is consistent and will remain so for the entire shelf-life of the product.”  

Comvita holds the following Quality and Safety Certificates for honey products:


UMF Honey Association Licensee (1019)

Comvita is a licensee of the UMFHA (Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association. Licence Number 1019. Comvita has been a member of UMFHA for over 18 years.

The UMF® trademark is a quality trademark that is internationally verified and recognised. It is backed by an industry quality standard, independent audits and a network of accredited laboratories around the world.  You can be sure that you are buying the best quality Manuka honey and your rights as a consumer are protected.

To carry the UMF® brand, the manufacturer or owner of the brand must hold a current UMF® license with UMFHA (Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association).  In addition, genuine UMF® Manuka Honey complies with all five of the following criteria:   

  1. UMF® is clearly stated on the front label
  2. It is packed into jars and labelled in New Zealand
  3. It is from a New Zealand company licensed by UMFHA to use the name UMF®
  4. It has the UMF® licensee’s name on the front label
  5. It has a rating of UMF® 5+ or more.

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HACCP Certified (Certificate No: HCV21212)

HACCP stands for Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points. This is a preventative Food Safety System in which every step in the manufacture, storage and distribution of a food product is scientifically analysed for microbiological, physical and chemical hazards. Potential hazards are, therefore, identified and appropriate control measures are taken before any problems can occur.

Comvita is certified to comply with the requirements of CAC HACCPVER:2003 – CODEX HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point ) and GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) for the production, packing and distribution of Mixed Flora and UMF® certified Honey (Manuka Honey). Certificate No: HCV21212.

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New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Registered Exporter

Comvita is registered as an Exporter with the Ministry for Primary Industries. New Zealand Exporters need to be registered to be able to apply for official assurances (export certificates).

Duties of Registered Exporters:
There are certain duties for a Registered Exporter to carry out under the various Acts. As a Registered Exporter Comvita receives a letter from MPI, which outlines specific duties for the products we export.
The duties include the following:

  1. Ensuring our products meet relevant New Zealand standards
  2. Complying with relevant export eligibility requirements
  3. Reporting to MPI if they are no longer fit for purpose or are refused entry by a destination country
  4. Keeping appropriate records.

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Ministry for Primary Industries Risk Management Programmes (RMPs) for Bee Products

As Comvita processes and stores bee products for export, we operate under a registered Risk Management Programme (RMP). An RMP is a written programme designed to manage hazards, wholesomeness and labelling of animal material and products. Bee products are included in this classification.

Comvita’s RMP describes how we process your products to meet the requirements of the Animal Products Act 1999. This is to ensure the products we sell are 'fit for purpose' – safe, suitable and truthfully labelled.

Comvita’s RMP is registered and verified by agencies recognised by the New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries.

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