On 2 November 2020, President Joko Widodo enacted Law No. 11 of 2020 on Job Creation (“Omnibus Law“), covering amendments to various laws and regulations in Indonesia, including on halal product assurance. Article 48 and Article 185 (b) of the Omnibus Law mandated the Government to issue new regulations to implement the amendments.
On 2 February 2021, the Government issued an implementing regulation in the form of Government Regulation No. 39 of 2021 on Halal Product Assurance (“GR 39“), which replaced the pre-existing regulations on halal product assurance in Government Regulation Number 31 of 2019 on Halal Product Assurance (“GR 31“).
Under GR 39, every product that is imported, distributed and traded in Indonesian territory must obtain halal certification. The following is a list of goods that are included in the products listed in GR 31:
- chemical products
- biological products
- genetic engineering products
- worn and utilized goods that are sourced from and/or contain animal elements (i.e., (i) clothing, headgear, accessories (worn); (ii) household supplies, household equipment, worship supplies for Moslems, food and beverages packaging, stationery and office supplies; and (iii) medical devices)
Halal certification for foreign products can be obtained by an importer or its official representative, by applying in writing to the Halal Product Assurance Implementing Board (Badan Penyelenggara Jaminan Produk Halal/”BPJPH“). The following documents must be attached to the application:
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