FSSAI – Ease of Doing Business : Instant Renewal of License/ Registration
The Food Safety and Standard Authority of India, (FSSAI) has issued a notification on 11th January 2023 regarding Ease of Doing Business: Instant Renewal of License/ Registration.
To streamline the process of licensing / registration and its renewal, Food Authority has decided the following:
With effect from 12th January 2023, Renewals of License and Registrations have been made instant [without requiring the approval of authorities] subject to the following:
(i) No change in the existing details of the license/registration shall be allowed
(ii) Validity of the Renewal:
a) For License: This renewal of the license shall be for 1 year
b) For Registration: Renewal shall continue as per existing provision i.e. for 1-5 years, based on the selection and payment made by the FBO in the application.
(iii) FBOs whose licenses/ registrations have been suspended/canceled, shall not be allowed to renew their license/registration.
(iv) Further, i.e. November 10, 2022, the FoSCoS system ensures that FBO (Manufacturers and Importers) shah file annual returns with penalties (if any), before renewal, for FY 2021-22 onwards.
(v) A declaration to be submitted by Food Business Operator (tick in the checkbox) has been added in FoSCoS as follows namely: –
a) I/We have complied with all the permissions/rules, which are applicable to my food business and the premises of the food business such as CGWA NOC etc.
b) I/We do not possess more than one active license/ registration for any other food businesses at the same premises.
Validity of the New License and Registration
New License – The Validity of the new License is now restricted to only 1 year instead of the existing provision
For Registration – Validity shall be continued as per the existing provision.
There shall be no late fee of Rs. 100 per day
The renewal of license and registration shall be available as early as 180 days prior to the expiry date
Now FBOs are required to self – declare the compliance regarding the points in the inspection checklist at the time of renewal.
The Order shall be applicable on applications submitted on or after January 12, 2023