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Most Common Questions about Halal Certificate

Most Common Questions about Halal Certificate Review by Michal Wasserbauer on 2. 11. 2016 Company Registration in Indonesia, Market Research in Indonesia, Work Permit in Indonesia, Product Registration in Indonesia, Local Partner Selection in Indonesia, Trade Mission in Indonesia, Company Formation in Indonesia, Company Establishment in Indonesia, Company Set Up in Indonesia, Payroll Outsourcing in Indonesia, Tax Reporting in Indonesia, Medical Product Registration in Indonesia, Medical Device Registration in Indonesia, Cosmetic Registration in Indonesia, Food Supplement Registration in Indonesia.
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Halal issue is very sensitive in Indonesia, as a one of the biggest Muslim country, Halal Certificate is necessary in Indonesia.

Find out the most common questions about Halal Certificate in Indonesia especially in cosmetics product, below.

1. Cosmetic materials often made in industrial manufacturing plants. Will the same strict Halal rules apply as for food materials? Do the cosmetic products need to be made on dedicated lines (separate from Haram materials) and would the WATER used in production also need to be purified with Halal certified materials?

Yes, it is applicable for food material too. The cosmetic products need to be made on dedicated lines (separate from Haram materials) including the water used in production (find out how to register products in Indonesia).


2. Geratin deprived of pork is considered Halal?

Pork and its derivatives is not Halal materials. The product must not has a tendency of smell or taste Haram/Forbidden by MUI.


3. Does MUI investigate all raw ingredients of cosmetics products? How detail will they go?

Yes, they do. MUI Team will conduct audit and survey to the industrial manufacturing plants to investigate the process of production. They will ensure that the production facility has no contamination with materials/product unclean/impure. The production facilities can be used interchangeably to produce certified products and non-certified products as long as it does not contain ingredients derived from pork and its derivatives. Therefore, there must be procedures to ensure if there is no cross contamination occurs.


4. How much MUI will charge to certify 1 cosmetic product?

MUI cannot confirm the fee, as it would be determined once the application has been submitted.


5. How is it different from Halal certification in Islamic country in Middle-East?

The regulation and the halal certification body would be different in every countries. All products that enter, circulate, and traded in the territory of Indonesia must be halal certified by MUI.


6. Will certification from MUI recognized in all other Islamic coutrines?

We cannot confirm since it would depends on each countries. LPPOM MUI is also in partnership with Halal certification body in many countries which LPPOM MUI recognized their standard is compatible with MUI.  However MUI will not recognized the halal certificates of the product since the halal certificates issued by the partnering certification bodies will only valid for the ingredients of the product.

The halal certificates issued by these approved halal certification bodies however will only recognized for the product produced in the same country where the halal certification body located. Except for product produced in Europe, it can be halal certified by any approved halal certification body located in Europe.


7. Can we still sell cosmetics without Halal certification in Indonesia? If so, do you have research results of change in consumer behavior for certified products and non-certified products?

Since the regulation hasn’t well-implemented yet, then you still be able to sell cosmetics without Halal Certification. However once the regulation is strictly applied, then the products shall be certified in order to comply the regulation. Since the most of Indonesian population are muslim, therefore they will look for certified product.


8. In the upcoming Indonesian Halal law, it is stated that “Utilized goods” (consumer products) need to be Halal certified within few years after implementation of the Law. It is unclear what utilized goods / consumer products are. Is it possible to get a scope description? For example does “utilized goods” include all off shelf purchased goods (supermarket, consumer stores, etc) or is this only linked to the food & beverage, medical, cosmetic, chemical items as mentioned in the law?

Based on the regulation, the products are goods and/or services related to food, beverage, drug, cosmetic, chemical product, biological product, genetically engineered product, as well as consumer goods that are worn, used, or utilized by the public, which we believe the product placed at supermarket, consumer stores, etc.


9. In the upcoming Indonesian Halal law, it is stated that “chemicals” need to be Halal certified within few years after implementation of the Law. It is unclear however which chemicals are included. Is this only linked to the food, medical, cosmetic, chemical items as mentioned in the law?

As the regulation is still in the middle of making process, it’s not detail yet regarding the chemical implementation for halal products.


10. If I want to send cosmetics to Indonesia, do my products need to get halal certificate?

It is not mandatory to be halal certified in overseas country. Although the product is halal certified in other country, the product shall be halal certified by MUI.


11. How about the raw materials of my supplier my cosmetic product is made of, Does my supplier also needs to be halal certificated on them?

cosmeticsThe material which used in production process may consists of raw material, process material, additional material, and auxiliary material. According to the principles of Halal certification, each of those materials will need to be Halal certified. Since the end product should not contaminated by any non-halal agents, every process and every material shall be Halal assured.

 


12. Is the halal certification process the same for Malaysia?

In Indonesia, the Halal Certification filed by Business Actors with implementing a Halal assurance procedures and submitting the application to MUI. Afterward there will be an Inspection and/or testing of halal product which conducted by the Auditor Halal of MUI. The result of the audit will be brought to a Fatwa Commitee to be determined as Halal. In the event of Halal Fatwa determined that the product and procedures have fullfilled the requirements, MUI will issue the Halal Certificate.


13. If my company is halal certificated for Europe or Malaysia, is it also good for Indonesia?

Since there might be differences of the standard used by each of the certification bodies, MUI will still need to inspect and audit both the procedures and products. However assuming that the Halal certification bodies are already recognized by MUI, the process will be easier and smoother compared to those who has not certified.


14. Is there 1 organization which certifies cosmetics for Indonesia + Malaysia + Gulf Arabic countries?

Up to this day, there isn’t a single organization with such recognition. Although MUI is aiming to be the one, each regional still has their own halal certification body which regulate the halal certification of the product.


15. How to get Halal certificate for cosmetics?

Check the procedure here “Halal Certification in Indonesia”.


16. If a company produces a hand sanitizer containing ethyl alcohol inside. Is it possible for that company to get halal certification of the product?

Yes it’s possible, as long as the ethyl alcohol is not from the khamr industry.


17. International bodies are pushing for a voluntary certification instead of a mandatory certification; what is the position of Indonesia? Does Indonesia take into account their recommendations?

Indonesia requires halal certification as mandatory certification.


18. Will it be compulsory to obtain HALAL certificate for imported cosmetics in Indonesia?

Based on the latest regulation that product that enter, circulate, and traded in the territory of Indonesia must have halal certificate which relate to food, beverage, drug, cosmetic, chemical product, biological product, genetically engineered product, as well as wearable consumer goods, used, or utilized by the public.


19. How about the requirement for ingredients? whether them should be registered for HALAL certificate? or just need to meet some requirement?

quality control - cekindoThe ingredient don’t necessarily need to be halal certified, , however it is suggested to utilize ingredients that is Halal certified. In the event of the material has not been certified, the material should be approved as a halal material (meet the requirement set by MUI). The latest regulation that regulate halal certification in Indonesia is only Law number 33 year 2014 Concerning Halal Product.

 


20. May I know what is the difference in process between product that already have halal certificate in place?

Practically there will be no significant differences in terms of the process. Although if the product has been halal certified in overseas country, it may goes smoother during the certification process. However the product will still have to be halal certified by MUI.


21. Can we register halal cosmetics in Indonesia ?

Yes, you can.


22. Can you give some example of haram cosmetic product?

What can be classified as haram cosmetic products are not only the product that contains haram materials, the products should be also safe for the consumers as it does not contain mercury or harmful ingredients. It should also comply with the Halal requirements, such as it will not deter the compulsive prayers and other obligations  The Example haram cosmetic products: lipstick with pork collagen, water proof nail polish, etc.


23. Can you explain again the particularity for European products please?

  • The certifier must allow to make a field observation (Halal-Audit) including whole production process from material receipt, production, packaging and storage.
  • The producer must provide a detailed analysis of the product (ingredients list).
  • Producer must confirm in writing that no alcohol in production process.
  • And also must confirm in writing that no products of animal / derivatives except halal origin are included in the product or product process.
  • The audits take place every year unless there are changes within the production.
  • In general, the validity of the Halal-Certificate is for one year except meat exports. Here, every shipment needs a Halal-Certificate .
  • Should train the staff by the certifier to guarantee a complete and deep Knowledge about Halal.
  • Should apply a Halal logo on the product.

Check the European Institute of Halal Certification


24. Is Halal Certificate required for ALL cosmetics intended to be distributed in Indonesia?

Based on the latest regulation that product that enter, circulate, and traded in the territory of Indonesia must have halal certificate which the products are related to food, beverage, drug, cosmetic, chemical product, biological product, genetically engineered product, as well as consumer goods that are worn, used, or utilized by the public.


25. Is there any limit regarding ethanol in the final product?

Ethanol contained in oral cosmetic products should be less than 1%, however for external products it can be more than 1%.


26. If I want to send cosmetics to Indonesia I need to be halal certificated. How about the raw materials of my supplier my cosmetic product is made of ? Does my supplier also need halal certificated?

The material which used in production process may consists of raw material, process material, additional material, and auxiliary material. According to the principles of Halal certification, each of those materials will need to be Halal certified. Since the end product should not contaminated by any non-halal agents, every process and every material shall be Halal assured.


For further information about getting halal certificate you can contact Cekindo. Our team will assist you to get halal certificate for your products.