2019 Halal Mandatory: What Indonesian Entrepreneurs Need to Prepare – By Bagaskara. Following the Law number 33 of 2014 concerning Halal Product Assurance and the establishment of a new halal organizing agency, the Indonesian Ulama Council and the Ministry of Religious Affairs order the entrepreneurs and companies to register their products for halal certification.
Why is halal product certification mandatory?
In Indonesian context, halal products and services are mandatory due to the fact that this country is a home for the biggest Muslim population in the world. The Islamic Law which must be obeyed by Muslims has carefully governed what kinds of products that can be consumed as well as the products that are banned from eating or using. For that reason, the products with official halal label and certificate are unquestionable a must for Muslims living in Indonesia.
Besides fulfilling the needs of Muslim consumers as well as providing consumer protection with the availability of foods and products that follow the Islamic Law, halal product certification is mandatory because of some benefits for the traders. First of all, products that are labeled halal will achieve positive reputation among the consumers. This point will obviously increase the products’ revenue and marketability.
Moreover, halal products that have received a legal certificate from the respected institution are automatically engaged in a particular system of distribution and development, namely Halal Assurance System. By involving in this system, the traders will have an evaluated distribution process within the country and in the global or international market.
What are the procedures for halal product certification?
The procedure begins with online registration in which the companies register their products through the LPPOM-MUI website. The registration process is accompanied by fee payment and filling some required documents. Once those procedures are completed, the authorized organization will perform a pre-audit assessment for the company.
Following the assessment process performed by MUI, the next step to take is the audit and examination stage enacted by Halal Product Assurance Organizing Agency (Badan Penyelenggara Jaminan Produk Halal/BPJPH). BPJPH will investigate the registered products regarding the way they are produced and what substances or ingredients included in them. If the investigation has resulted in positive marks, meaning that the ingredients and process are in accordance with the Islamic Law, the halal label and certificate will be granted to the traders.
What entrepreneurs need to prepare for the procedures?
In order to register for the halal certification, Indonesian entrepreneurs need to prepare the following things.
- The sample of product materials, including raw and processed materials, as well as additional or supporting materials if available.
- The materials should be in accordance with the Islamic Law and do not have any contaminated or intoxicating elements. The same rule also applies to the production process
- Clean and hygiene production location. In this case, the production location should be separated into slaughtering, processing, storage, packaging, distribution, and presentation places.
- Halal supervisors from a trusted institution with the ability to provide legal supports and authorizations.
In addition to a number of requirements needed above, the companies that have gained halal certificate should include the halal label on their products. Moreover, halal materials and the process should be possessed continuously for the purpose of certificate revising and renewal.