FSSAI License - Eligibility, Process & Documents Required

FSSAI stand for Food Safety and Standards Authority of India. FSSAI license is mandatory before starting any food business. All the manufacturers,Marketing Company or Seller Packaging Food Products, must obtain a 14-digit registration or a license number which must be printed on food packages.

This step is taken by government to ensure that food products undergo certain quality checks, thereby reducing the instances of adulteration, substandard products and improve accountability of manufacturers.

3 Types of FSSAI registration -  based on Turnover

FSSAI Basic registration

For small business or startups which have annual turnover below Rs.12 lakhs. Basic registration can be upgraded to state license with increase of sales. 

FSSAI State license

This license is applicable to mid-sized companies which have annual turnover between Rs.12-20 crores.

FSSAI Central license

This license is applicable on large business with annual turnover above Rs.20 crores. It is also required in cases where you need to supply at the government offices or import / export food products or Operating in more than 2 states.

Who can apply for FSSAI Registration?

  • All types of Food Manufacturer
  • Food Packaging unit or Storage unit
  • Wholesale or Trading or Online Food Business Operator
  • Caters, Hotel or Raw material supplier
  • Exporter and Importer of food products
  • Transporter and Distributors
  • Retailers of Food Product

?Validity of Food License?

FSSAI License is valid for the period from1 to 5 years. After that need to apply for renewal.

Documents required for FSSAI Registration :-

  • Photo Identity of Authorised Person/Director

  • Pan card of Authorised Person/Director

  • NOC by Municipality/Panchayat, Health NOC ( Whereever applicable)

  • Declaration about the Business details in Form A Signed by Authorised Person/Director/partner

  • Proof of possession of business premises

  • Certificate of Incorporation /Partnership deed / MOA & AOA, etc

Documents requirement for FSSAI State & Central License :- 

  • Form-B Duly completed and signed

  • Blueprint/layout plan of the processing unit (Manufacturing and processing unit only)

  • List of Directors / Partners / Proprietor / Executive Members with contact details and photo ID (Companies only)

  • Details of the machinery to use for operations (Manufacturing and processing unit only)

  • List of Food categories to be manufactured (Manufacturing unit only)

  • Authority letter from the manufacturer in favour of the nominated person with authority

  • Analysis report of water to be used in the manufacturing of food items (For Manufacturing and processing units)

  • Proof of possession of premises

  • Partnership Deed/Affidavit of Proprietorship/MOA /Incorporation

  • Copy of certificate obtained under the Coop Act (Co-operatives only)

  • NOC & Copy of License from the manufacturer (For relabelers and repackers only)

  • Food Safety Management System plan and Recall Plan (If applicable)

  • Source of milk and meat (If applicable)

  • NOCs from Municipality or local body

  • Certificate provided by the Ministry of Tourism (HRACC). (Mandatory for Hotel Only)

  • Form IX

Other Additional Documents

  • Declaration Form

  • Ministry of Commerce Certificate for 100% EOU

  • Supporting documentary proof for Turnover

  • NOC/PA document issued by FSSAI

  • IE CODE document issued by DGFT (For exporters and importers)


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