Welcoming the invitation of the Uniti Halal Center (UHAC) Malaysia, the Assessment Institute for Foods, Drugs, and Cosmetics, Indonesian Council of Ulama (LPPOM MUI) appeared as one of the speakers at the Halal Executive National Conference-PEH 2023 on Tuesday (14 /11). LPPOM MUI was invited to explain the development of Indonesian halal regulations at an event held at the Bangi Avenue Convention Center in Bangi City, Malaysia, which was attended by more than 250 business actors, academics, and halal consultants in Malaysia.
During the presentation, the President Director of LPPOM MUI, Muti Arintawati, said that currently, there are several updates regarding halal regulations in Indonesia related to the change in Act No. 33 of 2014 to Act No. 6 of 2023. These changes include those related to the validity period of halal certificates, determination of fatwas, halal certification schemes, and inspection of halal products.
“The latest regulations in Act No. 6 of 2023 stipulate that Indonesian halal certificates are valid forever as long as there are no changes to the halal product process. Also, the halal certificate scheme can be done through regular or self-declaration channels,” continued Muti.
Muti added that the inspection of the two schemes above is different even though they are both handled by the Halal Product Assurance Agency (BPJPH). Regular route halal certification is carried out through the Halal Inspection Body (LPH), while self-declaration is done through the Halal Product Process Assistance Body (LP3H).
In terms of determining the fatwa on halal products, there are also differences. The MUI Fatwa Commission determines the fatwa for regular halal certification. At the same time, the self-declaration route is carried out by the Fatwa Committee of the Ministry of Religion of the Republic of Indonesia. Apart from this, this IPB alumnus explained the differences for importers, such as those related to using a new halal logo, registration of overseas halal certificates, and sanctions related to non-compliance. The question-and-answer session was filled with enthusiasm from participants who wanted to ensure their products complied with halal regulations in Indonesia, especially BPJPH regulations. (YS)