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FSSAI Registration stands for Food safety and standards authority of India which is created for making science-based principles for articles of food. It regulates the manufacture, storage, distribution, sale and import to ensure the availability of safe and healthy food for human consumption.
There is registration under FSSAI for every type of food business operator in India. It is established as per the Food safety and standards Act of 2006. Getting an FSSAI license is a way of assuring the customers that they are getting a good quality product.
Every food business operator (FBO) involved in the manufacturing, processing, storage, distribution and sale of food products should compulsorily obtain registration under FSSAI or a license. However, registration under FSSAI is different from the FSSAI license because it depends on the size and nature of the business.
The 14-digit registration or license is printed on all the food packages. The registration number gives details about the assembling state and producer’s permit. The procedure of registration is aimed to create more accountability for the FBO to maintain the quality of the food products.
The FBO listed businesses that are mandatorily required to obtain an FSSAI registration/ license:
The registration under FSSAI is based on the types of business, their turnover and production capacity. It depends upon the installed capacity and turnover, FBOs are eligible for licenses such as basic licenses, central licenses and state licenses.
The FBOs with turnover of less than Rs. 12 lakh p.a. must obtain FSSAI basic registration. The Form A registration form filled by the applicant for getting registration.
FBOs having a turnover of more than Rs. 12 lakh p.a. and less than Rs. 20 crore p.a. must obtain an FSSAI state license. The Form B of FSSAI registration form is filled by the applicant for obtaining the FSSAI state license.
For FBOs with a turnover exceeding Rs. 20 crore p.a. must obtain FSSAI central license. The registration form Form B of FSSAI where the applicant fills in to get the FSSAI central license.
The registration under FSSAI is a basic license that is required for all the FBOs involved in the small-scale food business. This category covers the following businesses:
i. Where the business of food production capacity other than milk and meat for capacity of up to 100 kg/ltr per day ii. Where the business of procurement, handling and collection of milk up to 500 ltr per day iii. Slaughtering capacity of up to 2 large animals or 10 small animals or 50 poultry birds per day or less
The steps to be followed for the process of registration are given:
Step 1 : The FBOs can obtain registration under FSSAI online by filling and submitting the registration form of FSSAI i.e., Form A (application for registration) or Form B (application for state and central license) on the FoSCoS portal. The FBOs can register offline by Form A or Form B to the Food and safety department.
Step 2 : The registration form for FSSAI should be accompanied by the required documents. The documents should be uploaded online on the foscos FSSAI gov in the portal at the time of filing the application or submitting offline with the application to the Food and safety department.
Step 3 : The FSSAI registration form can be accepted or it may be rejected by the department within 7 days from the date of receipt of an application through physical or online filing through the FoSCoS portal. If the application is rejected then it has to be intimated to the applicant in writing.
Step 4 : In the next step, the department of Food and safety will scrutinize the documents.
Step 5 : The department may conduct an inspection of the food premises, before granting the registration certificate under FSSAI when necessary
Step 6 : When the department is satisfied that the FBO meets all the required criteria, then it will grant an FSSAI registration certificate with the registration number and the photo of the applicant. The applicant can also download the FSSAI certificate by foscos.FSSAI.gov.in login into the portal.
Step 7 : The officer should display the certificate of registration at the business place during working hours.
The steps to check the validity and details of the FSSAI license number are:
The license of FSSAI is important to start the food business and it is imperative to renew the license as well. The license/ registration is issued for a validity of 1 year or 5 years and the business should apply for renewal at least 30 days prior to the expiry of the current license/ registration. The three types of FSSAI registration renewal are FSSAI basic registration renewal, state license renewal, and central license renewal.
The following benefits of registration under FSSAI are:
In addition to registration or incorporation, a business may require other registrations depending on the business activity undertaken. Talk to an Advisor to find out registrations your business may require post registration.
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