Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) lays down standards that ensure the safety and quality of food being provided by any food business. They’ve created a network across the country so that accurate information about food safety, hygiene and related issues can be spread.
These days not only customers are conscious to visit places having an FSSAI license but even the institution itself is taking strict measures to ensure that food outlets don’t function without one.
We understand that the registration process can be confusing and complicated. We’re here to help you out with all possible details to make it smoother.
Let’s dive in!
What is an FSSAI License?
FSSAI registration/license is required for any food-related business. It’s essentially a 14-digit-number you get and have to use. These licenses differ on the basis of the scale of operations being carried out by a business. Here is the categorisation you’ll have to follow:
FSSAI Basic Registration – is for small businesses which have a turnover of less than 12 lakh rupees. It’s calculated on the yearly basis.
FSSAI State License – is for businesses with a turnover of more than 12 lakh rupees but less than 20 crore rupees in a year.
FSSAI Central License – is for businesses with a turnover of more than 20 crore rupees in a year or the ones that want to be involved in some kind of import/export.
What is the process to get an FSSAI license?
FSSAI has introduced an online application called Food Licensing and Registration System (FLRS)
FLRS provides the option of checking the eligibility for the license and apply for it online. In addition, it sends automated alerts to the entrepreneurs via SMS or email so that the registration and license can be renewed on time.
To apply for the license you’ll have to follow these steps:
– Go to http://foodlicensing.fssai.gov.in and check your eligibility criteria for registration or state/central license.
– Fill the sign-up form for the criteria selected and activate your account.
– Now sign-in to your account and start filling the application form. Make sure you’ve all the documents required for the selected criteria. We’ll share the list further in this blog.
– Submit and take a print out of your application. A reference number will be shared with you which will help in tracking the status of your application.
After receiving the application, the authorities will examine it and will carry out an inspection. If the inspector gets satisfied, he/she will forward the report and the license will be issued by the concerned authority. This may take up to 60 days.
What is the fee for the FSSAI license?
The fee charged by FSSAI for the application process is different for different categories.
FSSAI Registration – 100/- per year
FSSAI State License – 2000/- 5000/- per year
FSSAI Central License – 7500/- per year
There might be an additional professional fee which a CA/Lawyer/Professional will charge if you’ll get them to file the application on your behalf.
What are the documents required for the FSSAI license?
These are the documents required for basic registration:
- Form B – completed and signed
- Photo Identity of FBO
- Proof of possession of premises (eg. Rental Agreement )
- Partnership Deed / Certificate of Incorporation / Articles of Association etc
- List of food products to be dealt with
- Food safety management system plan
Documents required for the state license:
- Form B duly completed and signed
- Plan of the processing unit showing the dimensions and operation-wise area allocation
- List of Directors/ Partners/ Proprietor with address, contact details, and photo ID
- Name and list of equipment and machinery used with the number and installed capacity
- List of food category to be manufactured
- Authority letter from manufacturer nominated a responsible person name and address
- Analysis report of water to be used in the process to confirm the portability
- Proof of possession of premises
- Partnership deed/ affidavit of proprietorship
- NOC and copy of License from the manufacturer
- Copy of certificate obtained under the Coop Act 1861/Multi state Coop Act 2002
- Food safety management system plan or certificate
If you’re applying for a central license, see the list of additional documents here.
Getting a license should be your top priority when opening or running a restaurant. Hope this helps in making the process a bit easier for you. Have any other questions regarding FSSAI license you’d like us to answer? Share in the comments.