BIS, AGMARK Certifications to be Shelved for Food Products

In an attempt to streamline the regulations, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has approved amendments to do away with the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) or AGMARK certification for food products.

This decision was taken by the Authority at a meeting recently held under the chairmanship of Union Health Secretary, Shri Apurva Chandra. The draft of the proposed amendments is expected to be released soon, for public consultation. Thereafter, the amendments will be finalised which will provide relief to food businesses, sparing them from having to obtain certifications from authorities other than FSSAI.

As per the press release dated February 5, 2024, issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, such a decision would “facilitate ease of doing business through the concept of ‘One Nation, One Commodity, One Regulator’” as only FSSAI certification would be mandatory for food products.

In a first, the Authority approved manuals with methods of analysis for food products to ensure regulatory compliance. At the said meeting, approvals were also accorded for standards for meat products, mead (honey wine) and alcoholic ready-to-drink (RTD) beverages, and revision of standards of milk fat products.