Food Safety and Standards (Food Safety Auditing) Regulations, 2018

Sep 10, 2018 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team

Inspecting and auditing food businesses is a humongous task, hence in order to cultivate and foster the growth of compliance culture, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is enabling compliance through Auditing Agencies. While emphasising on self-compliance by the food businesses, to address the need to monitor such compliance, the FSSAI is envisaging introduction of Audit of the food companies by FSSAI Recognised Auditing Agencies.

This Food Safety and Standards (Food Safety Auditing) Regulations, 2018 includes the Procedure for recognition of Auditing Agencies, Procedure for Renewal/ Cancellation/Suspension of recognition, Terms and conditions of recognition, auditing procedure, Duties of auditors, Audit reporting and audit monitoring system.

Selected Food Categories on the basis of their risk classification will be subject to mandatory food safety Auditing. Food Businesses falling under such category would be required to get their businesses timely audited by recognised Auditing Agencies on their own. Food businesses which are not subject to mandatory auditing can also voluntarily opt for Auditing of their businesses.

Food Businesses having satisfactory audits may be subjected to less frequent inspection by Central or State licensing authorities. Hence, Third party Audits will reduce the burden on the regulatory inspection conducted by Central or State Licensing Authorities and also encourage the efficient self-compliance by the food businesses.

These Regulations have come into force on the date of their publication in the Gazette of India, that is on August 29, 2018.

[F.No. TPA/01/REG/FSSAI-2017]



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