FSSAI Licensing And Registration

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) was set up under Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 with the aim of laying down regulations regarding manufacture, sale, distribution and import of food products. The agency falls under the purview of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India and besides formulating guidelines also takes up promotional activities regarding food nutrition, hygiene and safety. Anyone manufacturing, trading, selling food items or running an eatery has to get the mandatory FSSAI online registration done.

The people involved in such activities are termed as Food Business Operators (FBOs) and a license from FSSAI is not only a legal formality necessary for conducting their business but it also helps in raising the credibility and profile of the brand being promoted by them. Not adhering to the rules may result in hefty fines and even imprisonment in some cases.

Business Ventures India has a dedicated team for helping out FBOs in the FSSAI licensing and registration process. We help an entrepreneur first understand whether a simple registration would suffice or a license (central or state) is required by the business and then provide guidance at every step of the procedure. Our experts have the experience of more than 5 years and are well-versed with the intricacies of the process and you can always approach them for clearing any doubts regarding FSSAI rules and regulations.

Procedure For Online FSSAI Registration

Step 1 : 

After identifying your type of business and assessing your annual turnover we help you in filling the required Form A or Form B.

Step 2 :

A valid and active personal mobile number and email id are necessary for registration and if not possessed will be provided by us. The name of the Food Business Operator (FBO) should be written correctly on the form.

Step 3 :

All the required documents like identity proof and address proof along with photographs and all the required declarations are submitted with the form.

Step 4 :

Authorities examine the application and conduct an inspection of your premises and if satisfied a license may be granted to you in about 60 days.

Documents

Declaration

An undertaking by the Food Business Owner stating that the information provided is truthful and the business follows the required regulations.

Authority Letter

Letter with name and address of a person nominated by the owner along with an alternative person’s same details. These persons will assist the government officers during inspection and other formalities.

Papers of Business Premises

Sale Deed (if the property is owned) or Rental Agreement (in case of rented property)
Utility Bills (Electricity/ Telephone/ Water/ Piped Gas)

Identification Proof of Directors

Any photo identification card like PAN, Aadhar, Voter ID or Driving License.

Food Safety Management System Plan/ Certificate (if any)

A voluntary certification and can be produced if already in possession.

List of food products

Details of all the food products manufactured/ processed/ stored by the FBO.

Form IX

It is a signed nomination of an employee of the FBO by the owner/ director, who can be held responsible in case of any violation of FSSAI rules and regulations.

Guidelines on FSSAI License Number

  • A unique 14-digit License or Registration number is allotted to every Food Business Operator (FBO) by FSSAI.
  • This 14 digit number is divided into five parts. The first digit informs whether the FBO is a license holder or has simply registered with the regulatory body. The next two digits are the state code followed by two digits indicating year of registration. The next three digits indicate the registering authority and the rest are the FBO’s license number.
  • It is mandatory to display the FSSAI logo along with the license number on the food package label. The logo and number must be printed in a colour in contrast to the background of the label.
  • In case of imported food products, the details must be accompanied by the name and address of the importer and displayed on a sticker on the label before customs clearance.

Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT FSSAI LICENSE MEANS?

This license is a basic step for obtaining permission for starting a food business in India. Every eligible food operator is required to take before string any food business in India.

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT FSSAI CATEGORIES FOR LICENSE?

The DGFT has provided online filing facility for obtaining IEC and other authorizations. Applications which are complete in all respects are normally disposed of within two days. For practical purposes, you can provide for a week’s time (after factoring in the time required to make any changes in case your initial application is incomplete in some respect).

WHAT ARE THE CATEGORIES RELATED TO PRODUCTION CAPACITY?

Trusts are registered using a document called TRUST DEED. This document contains all the information about the Trust. Along with these papers you would need to attach a Non-Judicial stamp paper. All the Trustees and witnesses will have to signatures on the Trust Deed. For registering a trust you need minimum two trustees. You can decide the maximum number of trustees and this number must be mentioned in the trust deed. A person who creates a trust is called the settlor, the person to whom the property is transferred on trust is called a trustee and the person for whose benefit the property is transferred is called the beneficiary are required to mention in trust deed.

WILL THERE BE A SINGLE OR DIFFERENT LICENSE FOR THE SAME PREMISES IF THEY ARE MULTIPLE LICENSES FOR DIFFERENT PRODUCTS BY THE SAME BUSINESSMAN?

There will be different license issued under FSSA as requirement of each product is different. So in the same premises if license is being taken for processing of meat, milk & fruits & vegetables, there will be a different license as it will be done in separate portions & businesses are not connected.

However, in case there is fruit & vegetable processing & godown/ store along with it, since these are connected activities, one license is applicable.

IS IT MANDATORY FOR A FOOD BUSINESS OPERATOR (FBO) TO APPLY FOR FSSAI LICENSE?

With the new law became effective last year, it becomes absolutely mandatory for every food business operator to register themselves under FSSAI or obtain a license.

WHAT DOES FOOD SAFETY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (FSMS) MEAN?

A Food Safety Management System (FSMS) is typically a network of interrelated elements that come together to ensure that food does not cause adverse human health effects. These elements include programs, plans, policies, procedures, practices, processes, goals, objectives, methods, controls, roles, responsibilities, relationships, documents, records, and resources.