The Assessment Institute for Foods, Drugs, and Cosmetics Indonesian Council of Ulama (LPPOM MUI), in collaboration with the DKI Jakarta Provincial Government, conducted a halal certification assistance program for 3,075 MSMEs. This activity was carried out to support the mandatory halal certificate program, which will be enforced in 2024. The Halal Certificate Submission Ceremony was held on 22 August 2023 at Balai Agung, City Hall DKI Jakarta. Halal Product Exhibition is also included in this series of activities.
“I feel very honored to be able to attend this exceptional opportunity, the Submission of Halal Certificates for the 2023 Fiscal Year and the Halal Product Exhibition. This event is an extraordinary momentum because it combines two crucial things in developing the halal industry in Indonesia: halal certification and promotion of halal products,” said the President Director of LPPOM MUI, Muti Arintawati.
This halal certification assistance program is a concrete manifestation of the collaboration that has been going on since 2015 between the Department of Industry, Trade, Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises (DPPKUKM) and LPPOM MUI. Until 2015-2022, halal certificates have been issued to 7,512 business actors. And in 2023, assistance will continue to be provided for 3,075 business actors to meet the requirements for halal certification.
Muti Arintawati explained in the 2023 fiscal year, and there will be assistance to 3,075 business actors. Batch 1 has been carried out for 1,075 business actors in March-June 2023. Service for Batch 2 to 1,000 business actors is still ongoing, while the planned assistance for Batch 3 will be carried out in mid-September 2023.
The audit process takes an average of three days until the audit closing stage. For business actors whose repairs are quite a lot, the maximum repairs are done for one week. The average process from SiHalal to the issuance of a Halal Decree takes ten working days, while the process from Halal Decree to Halal Certificate takes an average of 1 week. Fatwa sessions are held every Wednesday, and halal decisions are issued only one day after the fatwa is issued. This process has been running smoothly without any significant problems.
To improve and simplify the halal certification process, LPPOM MUI always tries to make the whole process run smoothly. Muti Arintawati emphasized that the halal certification process was carried out only partially to achieve the target. Halal quality is continuously maintained without sacrificing substance.
“I would like to express my appreciation and gratitude to all those who have worked hard to support this halal certification program. To the Provincial Government of DKI Jakarta, DPPKUKM, and all participating business actors, we thank you for this close collaboration,” explained Muti.
Muti expects that the halal certificate handed over today will prove compliance with halal standards and guarantee consumers the safety and quality of their products. (*)