FBOs can now choose validity of 1-5 yrs for Licence and Registration

In a partial modification in the order related to applications for licences/registration, FSSAI has revised the options for selecting the validity period during application for FSSAI licence and registration wherein the food businesses can now choose a period between 1 to 5 years. This decision shall be applicable to both new and renewing applications.

Henceforth, Food Business Operators applying for new licence/registration or applying for renewal shall be able to select the validity period of 1 to 5 years in their applications with effect from 8th November 2023, with fee as applicable for the selected period as per Schedule 3 of FSS (Licensing and Registration of Food Businesses) Regulations, 2011, reads the order issued by the FSSAI. The other conditions will remain unchanged, the order added.

Earlier, the FSSAI in January this year had issued a detailed order for renewal of licence/registration wherein it had decided to grant instant approval for renewal of licences/ registration of food businesses without requiring the scrutiny of the concerned authority aimed at streamlining the process of licensing/registration.

The conditions for such ‘grant of approval’ to the food businesses for renewal of licences/registration include ‘No change in the existing details of the licence/registration shall be allowed, and the FBOs whose licence/registration was cancelled or suspended, will not be allowed to renew.’ These conditions along with a declaration was also sought from the FBO regarding permissions from Central Ground Water Authority, if applicable, along with declaration that the FBO does not hold more than one active licence/registration to any other food business(s) at the same premises. Under the conditions, there shall also be no late fee of Rs. 100 per day levied if the renewal application is filed in the last 30 days prior to expiry. However, the penalties levied for applying renewal of expired licence/ registration upto 180 days after the date of expiry shall continue.