FSSAI Registration Process

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FSSAI (Food Safety and Standards Authority of India) is an autonomous body that is established under the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India to monitor and govern the food business in India. FSSAI is responsible for protecting and promoting public health through the regulation and supervision of food safety & ensures the food products undergo quality checks.


On 5th August 2011, Indian Former Union Minister Dr. Anubumani Ramadoss established FSSAI under Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 (FSS Act) which was operationalized in year 2006. FSSAI consisting of a chairperson and 22 members is responsible for setting standards for food products, so that there is a department or one body to monitor and clears the confusion from the minds of consumers, traders, manufacturers, and investors.

Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India is the Administrative Ministry of Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). The following are the statutory powers that the FSS Act, 2006 gives to the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India

  • Framing of regulations to lay down food safety standards
  • Laying down guidelines for accreditation of laboratories for food testing
  • Providing scientific advice and technical support to the Central Government
  • Contributing to the development of international technical standards in food
  • Collecting and collating data regarding food consumption, contamination, emerging risks, etc.
  • Disseminating information and promoting awareness about food safety and nutrition in India

It is responsible for the registering and licensing of the Food Business Operators (FBO) in India, and it lays down the rules and regulation for running the food business in India.

Who need FSSAI Registration or License?

Every food business operator (FBO) involved in the manufacturing, processing, storage distribution and sale of food products must compulsorily obtain FSSAI Registration or License.

The following kinds of business mandatorily require obtaining an FSSAI Registration/License:

  • Petty retailers and retail shops such as Retail Shop, Snacks shop, Confectionery or Bakery Shop, etc.
  • Temporary stalls or fixed stall or food premise involved in preparation, distribution, storage and sale of food products such as Gol gappa stall, chat stall, fruits/vegetables vendors, Tea Stall, snacks stall, Bread pakoda stall, Samosa stall, Chinese food stall, South Indian food stall, sweet stall, juice shops, etc.
  • Hawkers who sell packaged or freshly prepared food by travelling (usually on foot or movable carts) from one location to other.
  • Dairy Units including Milk Chilling Units, Petty Milkman and Milk Vendors.
  • Vegetable Oil Processing Units.
  • Slaughtering house such as meat shop, mutton shop, chicken shop, lamb meat, etc.
  • Meat Processing and Fish Processing units.
  • All Food Manufacturing/ Processing units that include Repacking of food.
  • Proprietory food and Novel food.
  • Cold/refrigerated storage facility.
  • Transporter of food products having a number of specialised vehicles like insulated refrigerated van/wagon, milk tankers, food wagons, food trucks, etc.
  • Wholesaler, supplier, distributor and marketer of food products.
  • Hotels, Restaurants and Bars.
  • Canteens and Cafeteria including mid-day meal canteens.
  • Food Vending Agencies and Caterer.
  • Dhaba, PG providing food, Banquet halls with food catering arrangements, Home Based Canteens and Food stalls in fairs or religious institutions.
  • Importers and Exporters of food items including food ingredients.
  • E-Commerce food suppliers including cloud kitchens.

Benefits of FSSAI Food License

FSSAI Food license can provide the food business with legal benefits, build goodwill, ensure food safety, create consumer awareness, and assist in business expansion. It also helps to regulate, manufacture, storage, distribution, and sale of import food.

Is FSSAI Registration different from the FSSAI License?

Yes, FSSAI Registration is different from the FSSAI License in the sense depending on the size and nature of the business, FBO should obtain the necessary registration or license.


FSSAI License

FSSAI Registration

Issuing Authority



Regulated By

Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India

Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India


Central FSSAI and State FSSAI License

Basic Registration

Issue type    

14-digit registered number

14-digit registered number


Is Issued for a period of 1 to 5 years

Depends on the registration applicability

Publication Condition 

The publication of license number on product is necessary for the exporter, importer, traders.

The registration shall be displayed in the office premises and on the package of the product.

Application Form  

Form B

Form A


Can be renewed before 30 days of expiry



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