Regulation of the Pearl Industry

CIPA is the regulator of the industry by its mandates under the CIPA Act 1998. In practise however, CIPA focuses on marketing of Cook Islands Pearls and supporting the industry’s development through establishing mechanisms such as a Cook Islands Pearl Classification and Grading System, Export Controls, monitoring of quality controls and the Pearl Exchange. Monitoring and support for pearl production is carried out by the Ministry Of Marine Resources in co-operation with Manihiki’s Island Government.

Export pearls are certified for authenticity