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Indonesian Halal Certification Process Changes Following the Pass of the Omnibus Law

Indonesian Omnibus Law significantly reduces the time required for halal certification from more than 90 days to 21 days in addition to reducing the burden on enterprises and clarifying the responsibility division between BPJPH and MUI.


BPJPH: Halal Product Assurance Organizing Agency, a governmental body formed under the Ministry of Religion

MUI: Halal Fatwa Issuing Organization, a government-funded organization that acts independently

LPH: Halal Audit Institution

Fatwa: A nonbinding legal opinion on the point of Islamic Law given by a qualified jurist in response to a question posed by a private individual, judge or government

Halal Fatwa: Issued by MUI, acting as the basis for BPJPH to issue the Halal Certificate

JPH: Halal Product Assurance

On Oct. 5, 2020, the Omnibus Law was approved by Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR) and signed by the President Jokowi on Nov. 2, 2020 [1]. With the amendments of 76 existing laws (including Halal Product Assurance Law), it is aimed at reducing bureaucracy and boosting investment in Indonesia. This article summarizes the halal certification process changes brought by the Omnibus Law.

Brief Introduction of HPA Law

Indonesian Halal Product Assurance Law (HPA Law) was released on Oct. 17, 2014, and came into force on Oct. 17, 2019. The Law stipulated that all halal products which are imported, distributed and traded in Indonesia or services related to cosmetics, foods, beverages, medicines, chemical products, biologic products and genetically modified products must be certified halal. Halal-certified products must label “Halal”, and those not certified halal need to label “non-halal” on the outer packaging.

The HPA Law will be phased in within seven years. Cosmetic business operators should progressively work towards obtaining the halal certification prior to Oct. 17, 2026 [2].

Revised Halal Certification Process

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