FSSAI License / Registration

Every food business operator must ensure the protection of human life, health, and consumer interests, maintaining fair practices in all food-related activities. Selling, storing, or distributing unsafe food is strictly prohibited. If any food in a consignment is found unsafe, all foods in that consignment are presumed unsafe. The manufacturer or packer is held liable for the entire consignment, and the seller is also responsible if they sell expired, improperly stored, misbranded, or inadequately labelled food.

No person is allowed to initiate or conduct any food business without an FSSAI license. Those wishing to start a food business must submit an application through Solubilis to the designated authority in the prescribed format and along with the required fees. A single license may cover one or more products and multiple establishments or premises in the same area. Separate licenses are needed if food is sold, stored, or manufactured in different premises.

The designated officer has the authority to issue or cancel online FSSAI licenses for food business operators. According to the act, if a license is not issued within two months, the applicant can commence their food business after the expiry of the said period.

FSSAI - Designated Officer

  • The FSSAI officer will provide recommendations to the Commissioner of Food Safety.
  • They will keep records of all inspections conducted by Food Safety Officers and the corresponding actions taken.
  • Investigating written complaints is part of the FSSAI officer's responsibilities.
  • They are obligated to perform additional duties entrusted by the Commissioner of Food Safety.
  • The FSSAI officer has the authority to seize any unsafe food article.
  • They may enter and inspect any location where food articles are manufactured.

Types of FSSAI registration :

  • FSSAI Basic License is applicable when the food business operator's annual turnover is below 12 lakhs per annum
  • FSSAI State License is suitable for businesses with an annual turnover exceeding 12 lakhs and below 20 Crores per annum.
  • FSSAI Central License is required for businesses with an annual turnover above 20 crores.

Documents required for FSSAI State and Central License

  • ID Proof – PAN Card A
  • Address Proof: Driving License, Passport, Aadhaar Card, or Voter ID
  • Passport-size photo
  • Contact details: Email ID and Phone Number
  • Sale deed or Rental/Lease Agreement
  • Copy of the Electricity Bill for the office premises
  • IEC Certificate

Additional Documents for manufacturers,Repacker and Relabeller::

  • Blue print
  • Photos of the unit's inner and outer views
  • Name and List of Machineries and specifications.
  • Analysis report of water is using as ingredient in food from a recognized / public laboratory.
  • Documents required for Registration Category

Documents required for Proprietorship firm:

  • Photo
  • Aadharcard
  • EB bill copy

Documents required for Partnership firm:

  • List of partners with full address and contact details
  • Address proof of partners (Driving License/Passport/Aadhaar Card/Voter ID)
  • Copy of Partnership deed
  • Sale deed if self-owned; or Rental/Lease Agreement if the office is rented/leased; EB/telephone bill
  • List of equipment’s and machinery along with the number

Documents required for Companies to get FSSAI registration:

  • List of directors with full address and contact details
  • Address proof of directors
  • Certificate of Incorporation, Memorandum & Articles of Association
  • Authorization letter with the name and address of the person making the application on behalf of the company
  • Company PAN

Benefits of FSSAI registration

  • FSSAI registration acknowledges the consumer awareness.
  • It aids in expanding business operations.
  • It enhances credibility in the market. It boosts the customer base.
  • It provides a legal advantage.
  • Essentially, the FBO must exhibit the registration certificate at the business premises during operational hours.


The FSSAI Certificate or License is a crucial requirement for engaging in any food-related business, regardless of its size. This requirement is outlined in the Food Safety & Standards Act, 2006. There are three types of licenses under FSSAI – Central FSSAI License, State FSSAI License, and Registration. The criteria for these licenses are specified in the Food Safety and Standards (Licensing and Registration of Business) Regulations, 2011.

Yes, according to Schedule I of the licensing regulations, manufacturers of proprietary foods, regardless of turnover and production capacity, must acquire a license from the central licensing authority.

No. FSSAI registration and license are different.

There are three categories of FSSAI licenses and registrations:

  • FSSAI registration
  • FSSAI state license
  • FSSAI central license

FSSAI is empowered with the following statutory authority under FSSAI regulations:

  • Formulating FSSAI regulations to establish food safety standards.
  • Establishing FSSAI rules for accrediting laboratories for food testing.
  • Providing support and technical guidance to the central government based on the latest FSSAI insights on food safety issues.
  • Creating international food standards.
  • Compiling nationwide data on food consumption to enhance food safety in line with FSSAI guidelines.
  • Promoting awareness about food safety in India.

According to FSSAI regulations, every food business operator must initiate the FSSAI renewal process 30 days prior to the expiration of the existing food license. Ensuring the timely renewal of your FSSAI license is your obligation, and the details of the renewed license should be promptly shared with Amazon Seller Support. Failure to do so may result in the removal of your listings until a valid FSSAI License is obtained.

Small or petty FBOs with an annual turnover below Rs. 12 lakhs are eligible for FSSAI registrations.

Registrations are issued by the Registering Authority, which could be a Designated Officer, Food Safety Officer, or an official in a Panchayat, Municipal Corporation, or any other local body specified by the State Food Safety Commissioner.

Documents required while applying for a Registration:-

  • Application in Schedule-1
  • Address proof (Government documents like Voter ID card)
  • Photograph of applicant
  • The Registration Card should be prominently displayed at the business premise.

If the food business operator doesn't adhere to the improvement notice, the Designated Officer may, after allowing the licensee to explain, revoke the license.

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