FSSAI Renewal | Guide & Procedure

FSSAI Renewal

Food license is essential for every food business operator in India.  Obtaining an FSSAI license and getting registered under FSSAI is mandatory for petty food businesses, retailers, distributors, transporters, storage units, manufacturers, etc. In India, the FSSAI license is obtained from the regulatory authority for safeguarding food business that is the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India. 

FSSAI renewal is as important as getting a first time license for operating a food business.  The FSSAI license should be renewed within the stipulated time. Normally the initial FSSAI license is issued for one to five years. Every food business operator should renew the FSSAI license thirty days before the expiry of the current license.

1. Renewal of the FSSAI license

Before starting any food business the operators of a business have to obtain the license by submitting the FSSAI license documents and paying the FSSAI license fee. Similarly, it is essential to renew the FSSAI license before thirty days are left for the expiration of the current FSSAI license. 

The consequences of non-renewal within the time are that rupees 100 per day are charged for the delay. And if the registration of the food license renewal is not done within the stipulated time the FSSAI license is termed as to be expired permanently. This leads to the food business operator to apply for a fresh and new license if it wants to continue the business.

Thus it is always recommended to renew the license before time to avoid complications of expiring and levy of penalty and fine.

2. Documents required for renewal of FSSAI Licence

Food Licence Documents required for different types of licenses are summarized below:

  1. Basic FSSAI renewal
  • PAN card
  • Any document for identity proof such as Aadhar card or voter Id card
  • The latest passport-sized photograph
  • Any documents for address proof such as Telephone bill, Mobile bill, electricity bill, or Gas bill
  • If the business premises are owned then the property papers
  • If the business premises are rented then the rent agreement or a MOC from the landlord
  1. Central or state FSSAI renewal
  • PAN card
  • Any document for identity proof such as Aadhar card or voter Id card
  • The latest passport-sized photograph
  • Any documents for address proof such as Telephone bill, Mobile bill, electricity bill, or Gas bill
  • If the business premises are owned then the property papers
  • If the business premises are rented then the rent agreement or a MOC from the landlord
  • List of Directors, Partners, Executive members of the society or the proprietor with detailed address and contact details
  • E code document that is issued by Directorate General of Foreign Trade
  • Form IX for the nomination of persons of the company along with the board resolution
  • Memorandum of Association, Articles of Association, Partnership deed, Copy of the co-operative societies Act
  • If the food business operator is a distributor then NOC from the manufacturer
  • NOC from the local body or Municipality

From all the above documents, the ones that apply to the specific business operator are required to be submitted.

3. Documents required for renewal of Fssai licenses for processing or manufacturing units

  • A comprehensive list of machinery and types of equipment along with their unique number, horsepower, and installed capacity
  • The complete list and categories of food products that are planned for manufacturing
  • Water analysis report from a recognized laboratory for the water that would be consumed for production
  • A blueprint plan or layout plan of the processing unit representing operation wise allocation of the area. Also, the unit dimensions should be in meters or square meters
  • A letter of the authority of the authorized person along with his name and address and one alternative authorized person. Also, the powers that are bestowed to the  This is important as it assists the officials of FSSAI for dispatch, packing, sample collection, inspection, etc.

4. FSSAI renewal online

As per the guidelines of FSSAI, the following are the steps that need to be followed while applying for an FSSAI license renewal

  • Fill Form A (Basic FSSAI Registration) or Form B (Central or State FSSAI registration) following the previous license along with the self-attested documents as mentioned under the guidelines of the FSS Act (2006).
  • On receipt of the filled FSSAI License renewal application, the officials will examine it.
  • Then FSSAI must send its responsible officers to lead the examination of the FBOs.
  • FSSAI officer conducts a full probe and inspection of the Place of Food Business and completely inspects the standards and other guidelines about your food business and form its report.
  • FSSAI/Food license is expected to be circulated within 60 days by the proper authority.

5. Steps for login creation for FSSAI renewal

  • Visit the official website of FSSAI “https://foodlicensing.fssai.gov.in/index.aspx
  • On the right-hand side, a box appears with “sing-up” and existing user “log-in” tabs, if you have already registered yourself, then you have to log-in using id and password.
  • For new users, click on sign-up and enter the relevant details as asked by the website, like email id, phone number.
  • After filling in the details, create a password as per the instructions given by the website.
  • On successful completion of the above procedure, you will receive a confirmation mail and message on the given email id and mobile number. Follow the instructions as given in the mail.
  • You will receive your id and password at your email address, you can star-mark that mail or take a screenshot of it.
  • You will also receive a thank you mail from FSSAI.

Note- FSSAI has introduced “Express Renewal” specifically designed for FBOs whose license expiration date is 31/12/2020

6. Status of FSSAI renewal

  • You can verify the FSSAI renewal application status online by clicking on Incomplete application and license
  • All the unfinished central and state license are displayed
  • You can click on proceed further and then complete the application
  • Complete Form B and upload the same
  • Also, there is an option of deleting the application if the food operator wants to do the same

Also, note if there invalid business details or wrong shreds of evidence and FSSAI license documents are applied, then the renewal will be canceled.

7. Time for FSSAI Licenses renewal

The basic license gets renewed in seven days while the central and state license get renewed in thirty days. One can start the business after the application is successfully submitted. The renewal application can also be applied for a period ranging from one to five years. 

The renewal application should be mandatorily done in 30 days before the existing license expires. Rs. 100 per day is charged for any delay. Also, the penalty is imposed

However, if the license is expired then the only chance that the food business operator has is they have to apply for a fresh and new license

8. Cancellation of food renewal

The FSSAI renewal for the license can get rejected or canceled for the following reasons:

  • Invalid business details
  • Choosing the wrong State for the application
  • Wong ID proof, address proof, or any other details
  • Degrading quality of the product
  • Mistakes in the name of the Food Business operator

9. Important points for food license renewal

  • If the FSSAI license is not renewed within the stipulated time then it will lead to a penalty
  • Status of FSSAI license renewal can be verified online
  • The validity of the FSSAI license is 1-5 years, one can apply for renewal 30 days before expiration dates.
  • One has to fill Form A or Form B of Schedule 2, for FSSAI renewal.
  • FSSAI license bin will appear before 60 days of the expiration date.
  • Rs100 will be charged per day as a penalty after the expiration of the FSSAI license over non-renewal of the license.

10. Conclusion

For any Food business operator, working in India for a while knows how important it is to renew your FSSAI license routinely preferably before the expiration date. Otherwise one might face unwanted legal problems and penalties. 

11. Frequently Asked Questions(FAQs) on FSSAI Renewal

1. How can I renew my FSSAI?

The FSSAI license can be renewed thirty days before the existing license expires. Form A or Form B as applicable is to be filed along with the required documents and fees. You get the license within thirty to sixty days.

2. How can I check my FSSAI license status?

The FSSAI license status can be checked online by going on the official website of the FSSAI and logging in with the login credentials

3. How can I surrender the FSSAI license?

The application for surrender of FSSAI license has to be submitted online along with a valid reason

4. How can I pay my FSSAI renewal fee online?

FSSAI renewal fees can be paid online through the FSSAI challan. You have to fill in the correct and appropriate details. Make the payment, sign it, and save the document for any future reference.

5. What is the difference between FSSAI registration and licensing?

All the petty food business have to apply for FSSAI registration whereas the manufacturers, traders, transporters, and all those who do not come under the purview of petty food business have to apply for an FSSAI license to operate any food business in India

6. How many days it will take to get Fssai license?

The FSSAI license is issued between thirty to sixty days after the application is accepted.

7. How can I pay the FSSAI registration fee?

While applying for the application form FSSAI registration fees can be paid online. After input of all the required documents, a button for validating and pay gets activated. Click on it and tabs for payment options, validity, and applicable fees appear. Click on the desired tab and complete the payment.

8. Is it easy to get Fssai license?

FSSAI registration is a very easy process. It can be done by filing Form A to Food and Safety Department. After the application is accepted the registration number along with the Photo is sent in the form of a registration certificate.

DISCLAIMER: The views expressed are strictly of the author and VJM & Associates LLP. The contents of this article are solely for informational purpose. It does not constitute professional advice or recommendation of firm. Neither the author nor firm and its affiliates accepts any liabilities for any loss or damage of any kind arising out of any information in this article nor for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

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