Indonesian Halal law 33/2014 evolves with regulation GR 39/2021
The original law of the Republic of Indonesia, number 33 of 2014 represents the first international legislation requiring Halal certification for a host of specific products entering commercially into Indonesia. Its wide-ranging scope has impacted numerous industries and concerns, among other items, goods and / or services related to food, beverage, medicine, cosmetics, chemical products, biological products, products of genetic engineering…. Many products produced through fermentation, with peptones, are therefore impacted.
In 2021, Indonesia enacted GR 39/2021, an implementing regulation of Law 33/2014 on Halal Product Assurance, entitled “The Organization of Halal Product Assurance”. GR 39/2021 provides some clarification to the scope, intent, and practical implementation of Law 33/2014.
The GR39 law outlines procedures on registering foreign halal certificates, clarifies the collaboration with the MUI (the influential Indonesian certification agency), and cites the time period for mandatory halal certification of different products. For example, in Ch. 10, art. 127 provides that halal products with foreign halal certificates, issued by foreign halal agencies that have entered into a mutual recognition agreement with BPJPH are not required to apply for Halal Certificates locally. However, section (2) provides that a halal certificate issued by a foreign halal agency with a mutual recognition agreement with BPJPH for a category of products including raw material, additive, auxiliary material or slaughtered product must be registered prior to circulation in Indonesia.
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