Keeping yourself updated with the latest regulations in Indonesia is essential to run a sustainable business. Regarding Halal certification in Indonesia, on October 15, 2019, the Minister of Religious Affairs made effective of Regulation 26/2019 on the Organisation of Halal Product Guarantees.
Cekindo has picked out some of the areas that you need to focus on in Regulation 26/2019:
- Progressive implementation of halal certification
- Procedures of securing halal certification
- Halal labeling
Progressive Implementation of Halal Certification
It is compulsory for all goods and services that are imported to and traded in the Indonesian territory to have halal certification. However, products that come from non-halal materials are not obligated to have a halal certification.
Businesses are able to obtain the halal certification progressively or gradually with the period specified below:
- Food and beverages: October 17, 2019 – October 17, 2024
- Food and beverages packaging: depending on the type of food and beverages
- Traditional medicines and health supplements: October 17, 2021 – October 17, 2026
- Clothing, headwear and accessories: October 17, 2021 – October 17, 2026
- Chemical products, cosmetic products, and genetically engineered products: October 17, 2021 – October 17, 2026
- Risk A class medical devices: October 17, 2021 – October 17, 2026
- Household appliances, household healthcare supplies, stationery and office equipment, Muslim prayer equipment: October 17, 2021 – October 17, 2026
- Risk B class medical devices: October 17, 2021 – October 17, 2029
- Over-the-counter (OTC) drugs and limited OTC drugs: October 17, 2021 – October 17, 2029
- Risk C class medical devices: October 17, 2021 – October 17, 2034
- Prescription drugs (except psychotropics): October 17, 2021 – October 17, 2034
- Services relating to OTC drugs, limited OTC drugs, prescription drugs (except psychotropics), chemical products, cosmetics and genetically engineered products: depending on the type of product
- Biological products, drug products, medical devices with its materials or production processes not determined as halal yet: according to related laws and regulations
Products that had not had their halal certificates before October 17, 2019 can still be imported and traded in Indonesia according to the periods as stated above.
In addition, except for food and beverages, it’s not allowed for businesses to submit their halal certification application before the commencement of the stated periods above.
Procedures of Securing Halal Certification
All businesses must follow the below procedures to obtain halal certificate:
- Submit documents to the Halal Product Guarantee Agency (BPJPH)and BPJPH will examine the documents within 10 business days.
- Once the documents have been confirmed for its completeness, the Halal Inspection Institution (LPH) will examine if the products are halal, the validity of the submitted documents, and the manufacturing process.
- LPH will then report the examination results to BPJPH. Once the reports are confirmed complete, BPJPH will submit them to the Indonesian Islamic Clergy Council (MUI).
- The MUI determines if the products are halal through halal fatwa trial. Trial decision will be submitted to BPJPH.
- BPJPH will issue the halal certification upon approval.
Halal labeling on products is mandatory when businesses have acquired the relevant halal certification.
The new format of halal labeling is determined by the BPJPH in Regulation 26/2019 and the previous format of halal labeling can still be used until October 15, 2024.
How Cekindo can Assist
Cekindo is a business consulting organisation with a high track record of success in terms of customer satisfaction and service delivery. We offer consulting services and assistance to obtain halal certification in Indonesia.
First of all, we will understand your company, products and services, then, we will proceed with gap analysis to identify the problems you’re encountering to acquire the halal certificate.
We will also help you with the paperwork and assist in submitting the application in accordance with the requirements of BPJPH. This eliminates the time and effort you have to put into and help you acquire your halal certification in a faster and cost-effective way.
Interested in getting your products halal-certified and expanding your business? Feel free to ask us about anything about the new halal certification regulation, and our experts will help you with the information you need.
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