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Audit and Laboratory Tests Become the Basis for Determining Product Fatwa 

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Since the enactment of Act Number 33 of 2014 concerning the Halal Product Assurance Act (UU JPH), along with its derivative regulations, the process of issuing halal certification involves three parties, namely the Halal Product Assurance Agency (BPJPH), the Commission Fatwa of the Indonesian Council of Ulama (KF MUI) and the Halal Inspection Body (LPH). The Assessment Institute for Foods, Drugs, and Cosmetics of the Indonesian Council of Ulama (LPPOM MUI) was present to take on the role of LPH.

Halal Partnership and Halal Audit Director of LPPOM MUI, Dr. Muslich, M.Si., conveyed this at the opening of the seminar themed “Audit and Laboratory Analysis to Support The Halal Certification Access” held by LPPOM MUI at the Indonesian Lab at the Jakarta Convention Center (JCC) on September 7, 2022.

“After receiving company registration from BPJPH, LPPOM MUI will conduct a pre-audit, schedule and carry out audits, handle audit results to be discussed internally, and prepare audit reports to determine product fatwas by KF MUI. After that, KF MUI will issue a Halal Decree which is the basis for issuing a halal certificate by BPJPH,” explained Muslich.

In addition, the Halal Expert of Laboratory of LPPOM MUI, Dr. Priyo Wahyudi, explained that the fulfillment of scientific data from laboratory tests is needed to ensure that the product does not use haram/impure ingredients. Also, there is no mixing or contamination between halal and haram/unclean ingredients and/or products. Therefore, the test results are used as decision support data in the KF MUI meeting, although not as the primary determinant of product halalness.

“Today, BPJPH has not issued derivative regulations regarding products and materials requiring laboratory testing. However, laboratory testing must be carried out on ingredients of doubtful halalness. This follows Government Regulation Number 39 of 2021 Article 71,” said Priyo.

In addition, laboratory testing must be carried out for certain products, such as animal-based products (processed meat, gelatin, enzymes, etc.), beverages, cosmetics, election ink, and so on. Finally, the production facility also needs to be tested in a laboratory as a washing validation. This condition has been regulated in the Decree of the Board of Directors of LPPOM MUI Number SK18/Dir/LPPOM MUI/X/20.

The benefits of doing halal certification through LPH LPPOM MUI have been perceived by many companies, one of which is Lonza Capsugel Indonesia. Associate Director, Head of Quality Jakarta, Lonza Capsules & Health Ingredients, Riska Lestari, revealed three advantages to having a company’s halal certificate. 

First, halal certificates and halal assurance systems are a form of company compliance with regulations. Second, a halal certificate can monitor halal product assurance regularly. Third, give customers confidence in the halalness of the product.

Lab Indonesia is one of the leading laboratory exhibitions in Southeast Asia that focuses heavily on scientific instruments and laboratory equipment for various industries, including medical & pharmaceutical, F&B, oil and gas, bioscience, and nanoscience. Lab Indonesia is back for the 6th time this year on 7-9 September 2022 at the Jakarta Convention Center (JCC), Jakarta.

For sure, Lab Indonesia will come with various strategic events for exhibitors from all over the world to market their hottest and flagship products with advanced equipment and the latest technology. Visitors can conduct consultations regarding halal laboratories and halal certification at the LPPOM MUI booth. (YN)

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