Two Types of Licenses for Catering Service Places to be Integrated and Adjusted – Feb 2016


On 3 February 2016, the State Council issued Decision Guo Fa [2016] No. 12 (“Decision”), to adjust and integrate the hygiene license and the food operation license for catering service places. The decision cancels the approval of the hygiene license to restaurants, cafes, bars and teahouses issued by local health departments. According to the Decision, food and drug regulators at all levels need to conduct prior review in accordance with laws and regulations, optimize the procedures, shorten the time limit and improve the efficiency of examination and approval. Local food and drug regulators need to strengthen the supervision of food service establishments during the establishment process and afterwards.

The new regulation is available at .

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