Documents required for starting business

The Approval Certificate of Food Business Operator is the main document enabling to carry out food-related activity.

Only food business operators holding an Approval Certificate of Food Business Operator can be engaged in food-related activity.

An Approval Certificate of Food Business Operator is obligatory for:

- manufacturers (establishments manufacturing food supplements, primary products, establishments collecting and placing on the market tea herbs or spice plants in small quantities, etc.);

- traders (wholesale and retail companies, supermarkets carrying out pre-packaging, warehouses, drugstores, street vendors, etc.);

- catering establishments (food handling establishments located in the Ministry of Defence and institutions of the defence system, Ministry of Interior and statutory bodies of the interior system, Prisons Department under the Ministry of Justice as well as within their territories);

- natural persons carrying out food handling activities under business licences, individual activity certificates of Lithuanian residents, natural persons registered with the State Tax Inspectorate;

- entities engaged in food handling activities during a certain season, etc.

Approval certificates of food business operator are issued or food business operators are registered by territorial State Food and Veterinary Services in accordance with the location of the food handling activity.

To receive an Approval Certificate of Food Business Operator the following documents have to be submitted to the territorial State Food and Veterinary Service:

1. An application of the fixed form for issuing an Approval Certificate of Food Business Operator.

2. A plan of food handling premises with the layout of equipment.

3. A description of the food handling process (e. g. trade in bulk products, delivery of cooked meals, etc.), design production capacity, the number of employees in the establishment, the planned number of employees in the establishment for start-ups.

4. Documents regulating the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) -based self-control system in accordance with provisions of the Lithuanian Hygiene Norm HN 15: 2005 “Food Hygiene”.

5. A copy of the licence for a drugstore.

A state fee is charged for issuing the certificate.

The certificate is issued for an indefinite duration.

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