FSSAI Registration

What is FSSAI Registration?

The Food Safety & Standards Act, 2006 introduced to improve the hygiene and quality of food has brought about tremendous changes in the food industry. As per the Act, no person shall commence or carry on any food business except under a FSSAI license or FSSAI registration. Therefore, any food manufacturing or processing or packaging or distributing entity is now required to obtain a FSSAI License or Registration.


A registration or license granted under these regulations shall be valid for a period of 1 to 5 years, from the date of issue of registration or license.
Yes, an application for renewal of registration be made within 30 days prior to the expiry date.
If the renewal has not been applied for within the prescribed period the license shall expire and the Food Business Operator shall stop all business activity at the premises.
Yes, we need to file returns which are as follows:
1. Every licensee shall on or before 31st May of each year, submit a return electronically or in physical form as may be prescribed by the concerned Food Safety Commissioner, in ‘Form D-1’ in respect of each class of food products handled by him during the previous financial year.
2. Every licensee engaged in manufacturing of milk and/or milk products shall file half yearly returns for the periods 1st April to 30th September and 1st October to 31st March of every financial year in the Form D-2.
Any delay in filing return beyond 31st May of each year shall attract a penalty of Rs 100 per day of delay.
FSSAI license is based on premise. All kinds of food business activities which are being carried out at the same premise can be applied for in a single FSSAI license.
On the suspension or cancellation of his/her License or registration, a food business operator needs to stop food business activities immediately. Carrying out any food business activity on suspended or cancelled License/Registration is an unlawful activity and shall attract penal actions under FSS Act, 2006.
After a period of 3 months from the date of cancellation, the Food Business Operator may make a fresh application for Registration or license to the concerned authority if all observations made in the improvement notice have been complied with.
You need to file an online application to surrender the License or Registration with reasons to be recorded. After approval of the concerned authority, it will be surrendered.
License can be transferred in case of death of the owner. Transfer applica-tion can be made online. For transferring of License, Death Certificate or Proof of Legal Heir is required.
Yes, FSSAI license is required for any type of food activities including manufacturing, trading, distribution and transportation. Therefore, you need license from FSSAI.
Yes, FSSAI license is mandatory for both export and import of food products. You will need to apply for FSSAI Central License for your export unit.
FSSAI license can be renewed for 1 year up to maximum 5 year at a time.
A license has to be issued by the Licensing Authority within 60 days of making complete application by an applicant. This time includes scrutinization of application and inspection of premises by the concerned authority.
FSSAI License is purely premised based. No FBO is allowed to possess more than one license for single premise.
All kinds of business shall be linked to single License obtained for single premise. If you are holding one State License and one Central License, you shall surrender the State License and apply for modification of Central License to add Kind of Business mentioned in your State License.
In case of change of name, address or License number, you can apply for permission to use pre-printed packaging material. The request for permission shall be sent to FSSAI HQ with the prescribed fee.
If the business falls under the following categories, then a food license is mandatory:
     • Procurement
     • Manufacture
     • Distribution
     • Processing
     • Packaging
     • Storage
More detailed list is as follows:
     • Hotels
     • Wholesaler
     • Restaurants
     • Food Chains
     • Food Sellers and Re-sellers
     • Dairy and dairy processing
     • Food importers and exporters
     • Processors like pickle and dry fruit maker
     • Raw material suppliers to food businesses
     • Retailers & establishments who have a retail outlet
     • Simple transporters who transfer items from one location to another
     • Canteens in corporations, schools, colleges, hospitals or government institutions
     • Packaged food manufacturers who produce items such as biscuits and ready to eat product