The FSSAI has decided to allow instant modification in food licences for non-high risk standardised products and the provision will be available only to the existing licensed manufacturers through FoSCoS (Food Safety Compliance System).

According to the FSSAI, generally the modifications in a licence are related to changes in company details such as address, name, communication details, product details, addition of new products in the licence and so on and usually the manufacturers wish to add only standardised products (non-high risk) in the already existing licence.

An official with the FSSAI stated that the matter was examined by the food authority during its 40th meeting and for ease of doing business and streamlining the process of modification of licences, it decided to allow ‘Instant Modification’ of licence in case of modification applications for the addition of any of the standardised food products under the Vegetable Oil and Processing Units Kind of Business (KoB) and General Manufacturing KoB except the High-Risk Food Categories numbers 01, 08, 09, 13 and 99.

Further, the modification fee shall be Rs 1,000 (plus any differential fee due to change in fee slab within the same category of licence).

At present, all the modification applications have to be scrutinised by the concerned Licensing Authority/Designated Officer for issuance of the modified licence in a similar manner, as that of new licence applications with similar processing time as defined Licensing and Registration of Food Businesses Regulations while the FBOs required to ensure that the Registering or Licensing Authority always has up-to-date information on their food business establishments and shall inform the relevant Authority of any modifications or additions or changes in product category, layout, expansion closure, or any other material information based on which the licence was granted and such information shall be conveyed before the changes occur.