Halal certification conducted by the Food, Drug and Cosmetics Assessment Institute of the Majelis Ulama Indonesia (LPPOM MUI) was started in 1989. At that time halal certification was carried out manually. The company collects all required documents in hard copy that will be submitted to LPPOM MUI.
LPPOM MUI then checks and validates the files for further audits to the company. Over time, halal certification requests have increased. Therefore we need a faster and more efficient process. So in 2012, LPPOM MUI began digitizing the halal certification process by launching the first generation Halal Online Certification (Cerol-SS23000) application on May 24, 2012.
In first-generation, Halal Online Certification or Cerol was built with the main features to support the main activities of halal certification, which are registration, payment agreement, pre-audit, audit (auditor features), post-audit and fatwa. According to the Director of LPPOM MUI, Dr. Lukmanul Hakim, M.Sc., when the first year this application was introduced, the progress was not very visible. “It still needs guidance and direction to convince companies to follow this online registration system,” he said.
LPPOM MUI is continuously making improvements to the Cerol application. In 2015, Cerol v2.0 was launched with other additional features that support the internal administration activities of LPPOM MUI. Features added to this version include online payment, submission of certificates which are directly downloaded online (Inquiry SK), periodic reports, submission of approval letters for raw materials that are directly downloaded online, list of raw materials that can be updated in real-time.
To welcome the industrial 4.0, LPPOM MUI again presents a breakthrough namely the launch of Halal Online Certification or Cerol v3.0 in January 2019 to coincide with the 30th anniversary of LPPOM MUI. Various new features were added to this latest application.
According to the Deputy Director of LPPOM MUI, Ir. Sumunar Jati, this development is in response to the challenges of the industry 4.0 , where this application is expected to further improve the effectiveness and efficiency of work.
“In Halal Online Certification or Cerol v3.0 there are many advantages, including a more user-friendly appearance and an enhanced level of security. In this application, it is also lighter and faster as well as new features that make it easier for users,” continued Sumunar Jati.
All of these improvements, Sumunar Jati continued, were a form of LPPOM MUI’s readiness in implementing Law No. 33 of 2014 concerning Halal Product Guarantees (JPH Law) which took effect on October 17, 2019
This third-generation Halal Online Certification or Cerol already uses a completely different user interface from before, with the latest display design.
Cerol v3.0 excellent features include a halal certification process dashboard, online audit scheduling, priority monitoring, data importing with a simpler data format, data search facilities and easier data management. Cerol v3.0 is designed to provide convenience in monitoring the company’s halal certification process so that the halal certification process becomes more measurable and transparent.
As time goes by, LPPOM MUI in collaboration with the Indonesian Halal Training and Education Center (IHATEC) continues to hold training on Cerol-SSS23000, until finally, many companies implement the system. Although there are still companies, especially MSME businesses that need to be guided and directed.
The development of Cerol-SS23000 continues to the province which is an extension of the central MUI LPPOM. The progress is also quite rapid, in 2018, the Provincial MUI LPPOM that implemented the online halal certification system reached six provinces, and in 2019 there were 15 provinces recorded.
Since launching last year’s goal, Cerol-SS23000 has recorded the following achievements:
1. Number of users: 31,323 users, 53,096 registrations from 58 countries
2. The number of halal-certified companies is 12,883 companies
3. The number of halal certificates is 15,981 certificates
4. The number of certified products is 605,848 products
*) Data as of October 2019
**) Data is only based on the Halal Online Certification application (Cerol-SS23000) (not including manual certification)
HALAL ONLINE CERTIFICATION AND CEROL EXPERIENCE v3.0
Following are some user experiences in implementing Cerol v3.0:
“Hopefully with this new Halal Online Certification or Cerol, the halal certification process will be even faster,” – Sarah Fathia, Indonesian Flavor and Fragrance Association (AFFI)
“I’ve been using Halal Online Certification or Cerol since it was launched in 2012 and has been upgraded to Cerol v3.0 and it’s very good. We hope that the halal certification process will be smoother, “-Dona, Regulatory Affairs of PT. Nestle Indonesia
“Cerol v3.0 has many conveniences, especially for scheduling audits. We (the company) can choose the audit date. From these features, we can see how many teams can carry out the audit, “- Neti, PT. Pajajaran Raya Bogatama (Shabu Hachi)
“Cerol v3.0 is very impressed, features are very good, user-friendly, and very helpful to the industry,” – Reni Kusuma, Regulatory Manager of PT. Mighty Sanghiang
“We appreciate this system because this system gives a lot of positive things to us. Where changes made to Cerol v3.0 have become faster, have a new audit scheduling feature, so this can help the industry in accelerating the halal certification process. Thank you to LPPOM MUI, “- Arum, Association of Indonesian Minuuman Food Entrepreneurs (GAPMMI)