Register a Product and Get Halal Certification in Indonesia
Registering your products and obtaining a halal certification in Indonesia could be a wise business decision in a pre-dominantly Muslim country.
In Indonesia, the Muslim population accounts for 88% of the 250 million people. It is home to 14% of the world’s total Muslim population. Getting your products a halal certification, therefore, means you’re tapping into a larger market base as opposed to a small segment.
Indonesia’s neighbouring countries like Brunei and Malaysia are among the other nations that place emphasis on getting products certified halal. However, they don’t have a developed set of regulations surrounding the Halal requirements yet.
Halal certification standards around the world are different. In Indonesia, it is per MUI’s Fatwa Indonesia and it is based on the Sharia Law. In Sharia Law, products or services cannot be connected to anything that insinuates it might be haram. MUI does not allow the nature, design, and packaging of the product to resemble anything that is haram.
Any products or services certified as halal from oversees only need to be registered with BPJPH. They can later be sold in Indonesia without having to change their halal registration status. However, this does not apply to all foreign imported products. Anything not on the list must be assessed by the BPJPH.
What Products Can Be Certified as Halal?
The following categories can apply for halal certification:
- Food and beverage
This means all the ingredients used in the products and methods being used in the slaughterhouse, for example, must comply with the halal requirements to qualify.
How to Obtain Halal Certification in Indonesia?
The National Body of Halal Assurance (BPJPH) is the highest authority responsible for issuing these certificates. They coordinate with the Indonesian Ulama Council (MUI), the highest authority when it comes to Islamic affairs. They oversee setting the standards and regulations around the halal certification compliance.
The authorities responsible for the audit, assessment and declaration of products being halal are the Food, Drug and Cosmetics Assessment Agency (LPPOM) and the MUI Fatwa Committee. Both these authorities are overseen by MUI.
Prior to this, getting a halal certification was voluntary, but this has now changed. The halal market in Indonesia is major, and it is important to understand the market requirements. Any products without a halal certification will be categorized as non-halal as of 2019.
To get your products certified, you will need to follow the steps below. 3E Accounting can assist to ensure your process is as easy as possible:
- Step 1 – Satisfy the MS23000 halal requirements. This can be done with product, the production process and materials. You will also need to implement the Halal Assurance System (HAS).
- Step 2 – Gather your necessary documents and prepare for the application process. You may submit your documents to 3E Accounting together with the fees for the registration and halal certification contract.
- Step 3 – Complete all your documents. This must be done in accordance with the certification status. This is a requirement by LLPOM and MUI. 3E Accounting will submit them to the authorities for processing.
- Step 4 – We will guide you during the pre-audit assessment process. Guidance will also be given during the audit and post-audit and lab analysis process. This helps to ensure compliance.
- Step 5 – Once your product has met and passed LLPOM and MUI’s lab analysis, you will be issued with a certificate. This will be issued by MUI.
Ask Us About Our Services
At 3E Accounting, we provide a wide range of services catered to your every business need. We understand that the local regulations in a foreign country can be challenging. We’re here to help make it easy for you. For more information about how we can help you obtain your Halal certification in Indonesia, contact us today.