FSSAI, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India has notified the regulation on laboratories by giving a structure to the food lab ecosystem in the country and by detailing out recognition and notification of laboratories. As a result, the new regulations will help to improve the quality of food testing.
The new regulations will replace the existing laws governing the labs and has also listed out regulations in detail. The three-tier system of labs has been created in India i.e. food lab, referral lab and reference lab. The new regulations will be called the Food Safety and Standards Regulations, 2018. It will build confidence amongst the consumers for food testing laboratories and it will also bring more transparency in the process of testing done by these laboratories.
All the procedural requirements of the recognition and notification system for laboratories, such as renewal, suspension, de-recognition and audits would be prescribed by the regulations. It will also review and monitor the activities of other laboratories thereby improving the quality of food testing in the country.
The notified labs are obliged to perform all tests in the approved premises as per the valid scope of recognition. The lab is required to submit monthly or quarterly or annual statement pertaining to a number of samples received and the number of samples tested or the number of samples failed, specifying the parameter or test and other details.
Failing to follow the terms and conditions of the agreement such as non-renewal of accreditation, technical competency, integrity or confidentiality is not satisfactory and committed a fraudulent act then the food laboratory may get denotified or derecognised by the food authority.