The Assessment Institute for Foods, Drugs and Cosmetics Indonesian Council of Ulama (LPPOM MUI) faces a significant challenge. It is a change in Indonesian Regulation conveyed by the President Director of LPPOM MUI, Muti Arintawati, during the LPPOM MUI National Coordination Meeting held on 7-9 March 2023 at the Courtyard Hotel, Bandung.
“As an institution in Indonesia, LPPOM MUI must comply with regulations. The impact of changes in existing regulations is competition. Regions undeniably have created a new Halal Inspection Body (LPH). There are currently 39 LPHs in Indonesia,” said Muti.
LPPOM MUI faces regulatory changes as a challenge. Therefore, Muti invited all sections of LPPOM MUI, both central and provincial, to improve together so that all the existing difficulties will spur LPPOM MUI to become a better institution. This is to encourage LPPOM MUI to remain the leading strategic partner in halal assurance solutions for business actors in all lines and sectors.
According to Muti, three things need to be the focus of LPPOM MUI in facing the current challenges. They are, first, related to compliance. LPPOM MUI will continue to try to fulfil various regulatory requirements set by the government, as well as other conditions related to halal certification that apply nationally and globally.
The Second is an internal improvement. This action is necessary to answer the challenges of the current competitive era in the form of the best service. Muti emphasized that this principle must be implemented in all lines.
“Auditors must maintain their competence, and supports such as CEROL-SS23000 must be continuously improved. Becoming a professional institution is not just a show but a demand that we must realize,” he stressed.
The third one is integrity. This principle remains number one. Even though it is being revamped to continue providing the best service for business people, halal standards are always to be maintained. LPPOM MUI will continue to maintain that halal standards remain the same. (YN)