Businesses that wish to handle dietary supplements will need to register their business either under a National Programme or with a Food Control plan.
1. National Programme
3 levels of national programmes exist depending on the food safety risk of business activities. 
National programmes require:
a. record keeping to show that the business is selling safe food
b. registration of business details with local council (or with Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) if the business operates in more than one local area)
c. one or more visits from a verifier recognised by MPI
2. Food Control Plan (FCP)
The plan applies to businesses making or selling higher-risk foods and the steps they need to take to make safe food.
3. Registration fees
Under the New Zealand Food Act 2014, businesses have the obligation to pay costs of registration, verification, evaluation, making changes to or renewing their registration.
Fees vary depending on type of registration. 
II. Export Certification
This certificate explains the regulatory setting for dietary supplements in the form of a statement to foreign governments and can be obtained from Medsafe on request. 
Export certification can only be issued for dietary supplements manufactured in New Zealand.
The fee for each application for a certificate is $178.25 (GST inclusive) and then a $25 (GST inclusive) fee is charged for each additional copy.
Export certificates shallinclude the following statement: ‘Under New Zealand law, dietary supplements are not assessed by a Government agency. This statement cannot therefore provide any assurance that the product(s) listed meet any quality or safety standards, are of New Zealand origin, or meet the regulatory requirements of the importing country’
If the product(s) comply with the requirements of the New Zealand Dietary Supplements Regulations (and any other applicable legislation), they are legally able to be sold in New Zealand.
It is of the responsibility of the applicant to check the dietary supplements comply with the Dietary Supplement Regulations 1985 and most specifically:
The product includes the terms « dietary supplement »
Labelling and marketing of this product does not include therapeutic claims
The product does not exceed maximum daily dosses (regulation 3 of Dietary Supplement Regulations 1985)
The product does not contain a substance which is considered as a medicine
This product is not intended for a therapeutic purpose (section 4 of Medicines Act 1981)
III. Importing Dietary Supplements
Pursuant to Regulation 112 of the Food Act 2014, import of all food for sale must be via a Registered Food Importer. In the case of importing dietary supplements, registration as an importer with the Ministry for Primary Industries is required.
Food importers must be a resident of New Zealand (pursuant to section YD2 of Income Tax Act 2007 ); and have a New Zealand Customs Client Code.
Food importers are then included in a public database 
Pursuant to Regulation 5 of the Dietary Supplements Regulations, every package containing a dietary supplement must bear a label that includes the following elements:
the common name of the dietary supplement; or a description that is sufficient to indicate the true nature of the dietary supplement; or a description including the common names of its principal ingredients:
a statement of the net weight or volume of the dietary supplement; or number of the contents of the package or containerthe trading name and business address of the manufacturer/ seller/ packer of the dietary supplement; or of the owner of the rights of manufactureor of the principal; or the principal or the agent of any of them.
a consumer information panel that complies with Regulation 9, including:
a. statement of ingredients of the product which show:
the quantities or proportions of the active ingredients in the package or container or in each dosage unit; or where the dietary supplement is divided into a number of units, the quantity or proportion of the claimed active ingredients in each unit
the inactive ingredients in the package or container, which must be described either by their specific names or by their class names
the words “dietary supplement”
a batch number:
a date mark, expressed in one of the following forms:use by (followed by a date); ornot to be consumed after (followed by a date); orwords of similar meaning (followed by a date). The relevant date must not be later than 5 years after the date of manufacture
the recommended daily dosage both as to quantity and frequency
a warning in the case where a danger exists of an overdose
the method of preparation before use (if necessary).
II. Form And Manner Of Labelling
Pursuant to Regulation 6 of the Dietary Supplements Regulations,every statement that is made on the label of a dietary supplement must be in accordance with the following requirements:
be conspicuously printed and in uniform colour contrasting strongly with a uniform background;
be clearly, legibly, and durably marked either on the material of the package or on material firmly and securely attached to the package or container;
be presented with continuity.
The lettering of the labels must be clear, distinct and legible with no distortions or embellishments that could affect the legibility of the label.
III. Size Of Letters
The lettering of every statementor word on dietary supplement labels must comply with the specific requirements set out in Regulation 7 of the Dietary Supplements Regulation. The regulation specifies the lettering must be uniform (all capital letters; or all lower-case letters;or lower-case letters with an initial capital letter).
In addition, the lettering on dietary supplement labels must not be less than 1.5 mm in height, except where the package or container is so small as to prevent the use of letters of that height, in which case letters of not less than 0.75 mm in height may be used.
For Vitamins and Minerals, the maximum daily doses for adults can be found in Regulation 3 of the Dietary Supplements Regulations.
Copper: 5 mg
Vitamin A (retinol): 3000mcg
Niacin or nicotinic acid:100mg
Vitamin B12 or cyanocobalamin or hydroxocobalamin:50mcg
Folic Acid:500mcg if the Director-General of Health has confirmed that the product has been prepared in a way that is in accordance with the New Zealand Code of Good Manufacturing Practice for Manufacture and Distribution of Therapeutic Goods. 300mcg if the Director General of health has not confirmed this.
- In New Zealand, probiotics are treated as "functional foods" rather than drugs. Producers making health claims need to supply scientific evidence, but they can do their own trials and no independent verification is required. 
III. Energy Drinks
Energy drinks in New Zealand must comply with the Australian New Zealand Food Standards Code 2.6.4 Formulated Caffeinated Beverages.
According to these standards, energy drinks must not contain more than 32mg of caffeine per 100ml (maximum of 80mg of caffeine in a 250ml energy drink serving).
Energy drinks need to include labelling with caffeine warnings, recommended daily usage declarations, and include advisory statements that the products is not suitable for children, pregnant or lactating women.
Defined as “any substance that, when added to a dietary supplement, has the property of arresting or impeding fermentation, putrefaction, or decomposition. » (regulation 13 DSR 1985)
Dietary supplements may contain any of the following preservatives:
benzoic acid or sodium benzoate; parahydroxybenzoic acid and its esters; sorbic acid, or its sodium, calcium, or potassium salts; sulphur dioxide, or sulphites calculated as sulphur dioxide
Defined as “substance that, when added to a dietary supplement, has the property of arresting or retarding oxidative rancidity. » (regulation 14 DSR 1985)
Dietary supplements may contain any of the following antioxidants:
propyl gallate, dodecyl gallate, octyl gallate, butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA), butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT), and tertiary butylhydroquinone (TBHQ), where the proportion of those antioxidants, singly or in combination, does not exceed 100 ppm:
ascorbyl palmitate, and ascorbyl stearate, where the proportion of those antioxidants, singly or in combination, does not exceed 500 ppm:
natural tocopherols, synthetic tocopherols, citric acid, and sodium citrate:
isopropyl citrate mixture, monoglyceride citrate, and phosphoric acid, where the proportion of those antioxidants, whether singly or in combination, does not exceed 100 ppm.
VI. Colouring Substances
Defined as “substance that, when added or applied to a dietary supplement, is capable of imparting colour to that dietary supplement. » (regulation 15 of DSR 1985)
Authorised Colouring substances in dietary supplements are specified in a table present in regulation 15 of DSR 1985. 
VII. Artificial Sweeteners
Defined as “substance that when added to a dietary supplement, is capable of imparting sweetness to that dietary supplement, and that is not a saccharide, polyhydric alcohol, or honey” (regulation 16 DSR 1985)
Authorised artificial sweeteners in Dietary Supplements are the following:
Aspartame;saccharin and its sodium, and calcium and ammonium compounds;sodium cyclamate and calcium cyclamate.
VIII. Flavouring Substances
Defined as « wholesome substance that, when added or applied to a dietary supplement, is capable of imparting flavours to, or enhancing flavours in, that dietary supplement. » (regulation 17 DSR 1985)
Any flavouring is authorised in Dietary Supplements except for the following:
Pursuant to Regulation 11 of the Dietary Supplements Regulations, dietary supplements must not be advertised or labelled with a statement relating to any of the following matters (Except as permitted by the Medicines Act 1981):
treating or preventing disease:
diagnosing disease or ascertaining the existence, degree, or extent of a physiological condition:
altering the shape, structure, size, or weight of the human body
otherwise preventing or interfering with the normal operation of a physiological function’