Indonesia Updates Halal Certification Mark, Full Compliance Required by 2026

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April 21, 20223E Regulatory Research TeamBlog

On 1 March 2022 Indonesia’s Halal Product Guarantee Agency (BPJPH), under the Ministry of Religion, issued a regulation updating labeling requirements for halal certified products. The Decision of BPJPH Number 40 of 2022 Concerning Halal Labeling (BPJPH No. 40/2022) took effect upon the issuance date.

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BPJPH No. 40/2022 introduced the new halal certification mark/logo that must be displayed on products by 2026. The new logo, as shown below, must be easily seen and read by consumers. In addition, the label must be difficult to remove or damage.

The changes result from the transition of control over halal products from the Islamic Clergy Council (Majelis Ulama Indonesia (MUI)) to the Ministry of Religion’s BPJPH, which was established as the main body to oversee halal products in Indonesia. Products currently carrying halal logos issued by the MUI are permitted to be circulated in the market until 2026.

For food and beverage products, the halal logo is among the required information that must be included on the BPJPH halal-certified product labels as per Article 5 of the Regulation of the National Agency of Drug and Food Control (BPOM) No. 31 Of 2018 Concerning Processed Food Labels, as amended by BPOM Regulation No. 20/2021 (Indonesia's Food Labeling Requirements). Part 6 of this regulation requires businesses that produce or import processed food for retail packaging in Indonesia to include halal information after obtaining a halal certificate.

The regulation was issued according to various Indonesian rules that govern the requirements for halal product certification. This includes Government Regulation No. 39/2021 Regarding the Administration of Halal Products Assurance Sector, which oversees Indonesia's mandatory halal product scheme. According to Article 135, products that must be BPJPH halal-certified include goods and services, food and beverages, medicines, cosmetics, chemicals, biological, genetically modified, and other consumer goods. The regulation took effect on 2 February 2021. It repealed and replaced Government Regulation No. 31 of 2019 Regarding Provisions for Implementing Indonesia's 2014 Halal Product Assurance Law, which replaced Law No. 33/2014 on Halal Product Assurance and Regulation.

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Since the decision went into effect on 1 March 2022, businesses are now required to update the logo. They should follow the technical guidelines for Halal labeling from the official website of BPJPH.