FSSAI Publishes Procedures for New Product Approval

A Lastest News about Food , Beverages and Tobacco in India

Posted on: 30 Dec 2012

This report highlights the “New Product Approval Procedure” published by The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) on December 11, 2012.

THIS REPORT CONTAINS ASSESSMENTS OF COMMODITY AND TRADE ISSUES MADE BY USDA STAFF AND NOT NECESSARILY STATEMENTS OF OFFICIAL U.S. GOVERNMENT POLICY Voluntary Public - Date: 12/21/2012 GAIN Report Number: IN2168 India Post: New Delhi FSSAI Publishes Procedures for New Product Approval Report Categories: Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety FAIRS Subject Report Exporter Guide Product Brief Approved By: David Leishman Prepared By: Radha Mani Report Highlights: This report highlights the “New Product Approval Procedure” published by The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) on December 11, 2012. The new procedure supersedes all previous advisories and clarifications issued by FSSAI. General Information: DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this report was retrieved from the following Government of India website http://www.fssai.gov.in/. The U.S. Government makes no claim of accuracy or authenticity. On December 11, 2012, The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) published “New Product Approval Procedure.” The new procedure will supersede all advisories and clarifications regarding product approval issued previously by FSSAI. The full text as published on FSSAI website is given below. No. P 15025/24/2012-PA/FSSAI Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (Ministry of Health and Family Welfare) FDA Bhawan, Kotla Road New Delhi. PROCEDURE REGARDING NEW PRODUCT APPROVAL PROCEDURE Several advisories relating to procedures for obtaining Product Approval before application for license have been issued and published on FSSAI website. Authority has also received several queries and concerns from the Food Business Operators regarding the complexity and time lines for product approval. Further to streamline the product approval procedure and the licensing of these foods in a timely manner with due consideration to the safety of foods and public health as well as for the smooth continuance of trade the following procedure shall be followed: a. All advisories and clarification regarding Product Approval issued previously will be superseded with the new procedure referred as “New Product Approval Procedure”. b. This shall come into force from the date of notification on the FSSAI website. c. The following guidelines given below shall apply. Foods or food categories under the Natural Products Association (NPA) procedure and required to obtain product approval: a. Proprietary Foods that have been granted license under previous Acts/Orders (PFA, MMPO, MFPO etc) and have been in the market prior to 31st March 2011 or new food products intended to be placed on the market and do not contain Novel Foods, Functional Foods, Food Supplements, Irradiated Foods, Genetically Modified Foods, Foods for Special Dietary Uses or extracts or concentrates of botanicals, herbs, or of animal sources shall be granted product approval under the following condition: i. The FBO has provided a complete list of ingredients and food additives as mentioned on the label (copy of label to be attached for products in market) and ii. The FBO has provided the category number as applicable under the Indian Food Category Code. iii. Where the application is in accordance to conditions as in 1(a) above and in the format (Format 1a) – FSSAI shall grant Product Approval and the FBO may proceed to obtaining a license as provided under paragraph (2) below a. Foods labeled as proprietary foods, whether licensed under previous Act/Orders or are intended to be placed on the market and contain Novel Foods, Functional Foods, Food Supplements, Irradiated Foods, Genetically Modified Foods, Foods for Special Dietary Uses or extracts or concentrates of botanicals, herbs or of animal sources shall apply for product approval and grant of provisional NOC as provided under paragraph (2) below b. Foods products requiring product approval shall be made in the application form as provided by FSSAI (Format 1b). Further i. Safety documentation is required for all ingredients except for vitamin and minerals or food additives approved under FSSR 2011 or Codex (JECFA). ii. The FBO shall also declare the category under which he intends to market the product as specified under Section 22 – namely food supplement, food for special dietary uses, functional food etc or any other recognized under international regulations. 2. Licensing Conditions: a. All licenses granted under the Product Approval Procedure shall be issued under Central Licensing Authority for a period of one year and thereafter they will be considered for migrated to the respective State Licensing Authority in accordance with the rules and regulations thereunder. b. Products falling under Clause 1(a) of this advisory shall apply for license as per the general requirements as applicable to the food product under FSS (Licensing and Registration of Food Businesses) Regulations 2011. c. Products falling under Clause 1(b) shall be considered for issuance of a Provisional No Objection Certificate (PNOC) only after grant of Product Approval and subject to the conditions as under: i. For new products which are yet to be placed on the market a No Objection Certificate (NOC) will beissued for application of license under conditions of the FSS (L&R) 2011 as applicable. Where the safety data is insufficient to make the determination the FBO will be called upon to submit the same prior to grant of an NOC. ii. In the case of products currently in the market both domestic and imports and licensed under previous Acts/Orders shall be granted a provisional NOC (PNOC) for a period not exceeding one year from date of granting of the NOC, on the condition that the FBO obtains the required Food/Ingredient/Additive approval in the stipulated time. iii. In case of rejection of application under the Approval Procedure the product under reference shall be recalled as per provisions laid down in FSSR 2011. 3. Fees: a. For products under 1(a) a fee of Rs.25,000/- for a group of 5 products which are significantly similar will be collected. If the products are dissimilar Rs.25,000/- for each product will be collected. b. For all products under 1(b) an application fee of Rs.25,000 is payable on each product application submitted except where the only difference in product composition are flavours or colours they may be grouped together and considered a single application for five products. c. Where the applicant is informed that the application for food product/ingredient approval required further safety assessment by the Scientific Panel an additional fee of Rs.25000 is payable. d. For all existing applications differential may be collected before going the product approval. This issue with the approval of CEO, FSSAI (Col. C.R. Dalal) Director (In charge Product approval) To 1. PS to CP 2. PPS to CEO 3. All Directors, FSSAI 4. All Central Dos/AOs 5. Website, FSSAI APPLICATIONS FOR APPROVAL OF NEW PRODUCT/INGREDIENT:
Posted: 30 December 2012

See more from Food , Beverages and Tobacco in India

Expert Views    
Seafood Industry - India   By Crosstree techno-visors
Cold Chain for Agri-Produce   By Crosstree techno-visors
Retail Foods 2012   By Foreign Agricultural Service
Hot Tips    
Coffee Production in India   By Foreign Agricultural Service
Livestock Sector in India   By Foreign Agricultural Service