Glossary of Terms


  • “Accreditation” and “accredited” mean the status of an organisation successfully meeting all the criteria of the Accreditation Programme.
  • “Accreditation Certificate” means documentation provided by the Accreditation Governance Group confirming the organisation’s accreditation.
  • “Administrator” and “Accreditation Administrator” means the entity providing administrative services to the Accreditation programme.
  • “Affected parties” means a party having brought a complaint against an Accredited Organisation which may include past or current clients of the Accredited Organisation.
  • “Applicant” and “applications” mean the organisation seeking accreditation and the documentation provided by an organisation to achieve this.
  • “Application Fee” means the fee payable by applicant organisations to have an application assessed for accreditation.
  • “Appropriate qualifications” means confirmation of completion of a course of study relevant to farm dairy effluent system design or material supplied from a training organisation recognised by industry.
  • “Assessment criteria” means the conditions or evidence an organisation is required to meet or submit, against which an organisation’s application shall be assessed.
  • “Assessment Criteria document” means a listing of assessment criteria and explanation of the assessment process. The document is under Appendix D.
  • “Assessment Panel” means the FDES Design Assessment Panel which assesses accreditation applications from organisations and makes recommendations regarding accreditation status to the Accreditation Governance Group. It comprising 3-5 industry experts appointed by the Accreditation Governance Group for their knowledge of professional practice, assessment processes and standards
  • “Auditable processes” means an organisation has a data recording system capable of providing evidence that its process has been operated as intended.
  • “Commercial association” means having a business transactional relationship with the applicant at the time the application is received or within the past 12 months.


  • “Commissioning reports” mean documentation issued by organisations to clients at the installation completion demonstrating that an installed farm dairy effluent system is operating according to design plans “Design competence” means evidence that the farm dairy effluent systems designs are fit for purpose.


  • “Farm Dairy Effluent Design Standards”, “the Standards” and Farm Dairy Effluent Design Code of Practice” or “the Code” or “Code of Practice” means the documents compiled by an industry steering group and updated from time to time.
  • “FDE” means Farm Dairy Effluent.
  • “FDES” means Farm Dairy Effluent Systems.
  • “FDES Design Accredited” means the trademarked name licensed for use by an Accredited Organisation.
  • “FDES Design Accredited Register” means a published Register of all Accredited Organisations
  • “FDES Design Accreditation Programme” and “Accreditation Programme” mean the process developed with industry consultation by which an organisation can become accredited and rights arising from such accreditation.
  • “Fit for purpose” means an effluent system capable of achieving the six main objectives of the Code of Practice, as noted in the Overview of this document


  • “Governance Group” means the FDES Design Accreditation Governance Group comprising representatives from DairyNZ, NZMPTA, IrrigationNZ. The Governance Group shall co-opt an independent director.  The Governance Group governs the Accreditation Programme including the granting, suspension and termination of organisation’s accreditation status.


  • “NZMPTA” means the New Zealand Milking and Pumping Trade Association Incorporated


  • “Organisation(s)” means any legal entity providing FDES design services, including but not limited to sole trader, partnership and company.


  • Quality assurance systems” means processes and practices implemented by an organisation to ensure suitably skilled and qualified personnel check and approve key stages and final farm dairy effluent system designs.


  • “Shall”, for the purpose of this document, is used to indicate mandatory compliance with the requirement of the Accreditation programme
  • “Should”, for the purpose of this document, is used for discretionary requirements (i.e. advised or recommended).
  • “Stakeholder representation” means the major parties having an interest in the Accreditation Programme, including dairy effluent system design and supply organisations, dairy farmers, regional councils and milk processors.
  • “Suspension Notice” means a notice issued by the Accreditation Governance Group, via the Accreditation Administrator, documenting requirements of an Accredited Organisation to cease utilising Accredited Organisation rights pending investigation of complaint or correction of an organisation’s deficiencies of obligation.