FSSAI withdraws notice on accreditation bodies to accredit food labs

The FSSAI has issued a notice with respect to withdrawal of an earlier notice, which invited applications from accreditation bodies to accredit food laboratories. According to the FSSAI, the notice was withdrawn due to administrative reasons. In December 2022, the food authority issued a notice for recognition/approval of accreditation bodies by FSSAI to accredit food labs and issued a document prescribing the requirements for such bodies by the food authority. As reported earlier, it was laid down in the document that keeping in view of the request received from other accreditation bodies for recognition by FSSAI, it was decided to engage other accreditation agencies for food testing laboratories which would enable the laboratories to choose the best service provider and bring global expertise into laboratory accreditation programmes in India. One of the objectives for this, was to fast-track the accreditation process of laboratories in India to meet the rising demand of food safety requirements wherein the accreditation bodies were to provide accreditation services related to testing, calibration, proficiency testing providers and reference material producers (RMP). Meanwhile, after an internal discussion, the food authority has now decided to withdraw the notice.