Under the Food Safety Law of the People’s Republic of China
, all enterprises engaged in the provision of catering services are required to meet the pertaining regulations and obtain the relevant licence. Pursuant to the Decision of the State Council on Integrating and Adjusting the Hygiene Licence and the Food Business Licence for Catering Service Establishments
, China consolidated the requirements of food safety licensing, as of 3 February 2016, by abolishing the hygiene licence for catering service establishments. In effect, the hygiene licence previously issued by the local health department to restaurants, cafes, bars and teahouses was replaced by a food business licence, as issued by the designated regulatory department. Currently, the designated authority is the market regulation department.