FSSAI revamps licensing and registration regulations

In the recently-held meeting of the Central Advisory Committee, the apex food regulator of the country, has decided to review the regulations and restructure it in a way that would ensure more compliance form the FBOs. According to FSSAI’s review document, the proposed limit for registration under Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, has been set at Rs 20 lakh, which is currently at Rs 12 lakh,which means now FBOs with a turnover of upto Rs 20 lakh require to only register with FSSAI.

Besides, the regulator has proposed to create three categories of licenses. While Level A (for FBOs whose turnover is between Rs 20 lakh and Rs 5 crore) and Level B (for FBOs whose turnover is between Rs 5 crore and Rs 75 crore) licenses will be issued by the state licensing authorities, the third category (Level C) is for FBOs whose turnover is over Rs 75 crore, and their licenses will be issued by the Central Licensing Authority.

Further, draft proposal pushes for the simplification of businesses as well, with seven categories, including manufacturing. The other kinds include storage, transport, trade, retail (both general and e-commerce), food services (both general and e-commerce) and imports.

The focus of FSSAI for some time has been to increase the level of compliance and awareness about the requisites under the regulations with regards of food safety ecosystem.

In the meeting it has been decided that the FSSAI headquarters shall be responsible for ensuring the compliance through a direct monitoring system on real-time basis, as all other FBOs’ premises will be linked with the head office for the purpose.

The document added that inspection shall take place once a year by the authority or third party. The proposal has stated that new licenses and registration will be issued to the FBOs for the remaining period of validity without any fees.

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