Halal Certification in Indonesia

The assessment for Halal certification covers Halal-based materials and the Halal-based production process, which includes the storage, packaging, display, and sale of products.

The Impact of Halal Certification in Indonesia

Indonesia issued a new Halal certification law, under Government Regulation 39 of 2021 (GR 39/2021) that will impact businesses in most industries. GR 39/2021 states that products that enter, circulate, and are traded in Indonesia must be Halal certified unless they are originating from materials prohibited under Islam. (Source ASEAN Briefing)

What is Halal and Halal Certificate?

Halal is an Arabic word meaning permitted, lawful, approved, sanctioned, legal, trustworthy or valid. For Muslims, Halal is a term that means any acceptable action under Islamic Sharia law. These laws apply not only to eating and drinking, but also to listening, dressing and dealing with others, people or animals. (Source: Research Gate)

Indonesia's Halal Certificate Issuing Authority

Indonesia’s highest authority charged with certifying and issuing Halal certificates is the National Body of Halal Assurance (BPJPH) who work closely with the Indonesian Ulama Council (MUI.)

Under MUI, the Food, Drug and Cosmetics Assessment Agency (LPPOM), and the MUI Fatwa Committee are responsible for Halal assessments, audits and declarations.

The Process of Halal Certification in Indonesia

3E Accounting describe a 5-Step process to get your Halal Certification: 

  • Step 1 – Satisfy the MS23000 Halal requirements. This can be done with the product, the production process and materials. You’ll also need to implement the Halal Assurance System (HAS.)
  • Step 2 – Gather the necessary documents and prepare for the application process. along with the fees for the registration and Halal certification contract.
  • Step 3 – Complete and submit all your documents. This must be done in accordance with the certification status. This is a requirement from LLPOM and MUI. 
  • Step 4 – There’s then a pre-audit assessment process and a post-audit and lab analysis process. This helps to ensure compliance.
  • Step 5 – Once your product has met and passed LLPOM and MUI’s lab analysis, you will be issued with a certificate. This will be issued by MUI.


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Important Notes on Halal Standard in Indonesia

Halal certification and labelling requirements will be rolled out as follows

  • October, 2024 for food and beverage products;
  • October, 2026 for traditional medicines and food supplements, cosmetics, chemical products and genetically modified organisms, wearable clothing items, household appliances and office products, and Class A medical devices;
  • October, 2029 for over-the-counter medicines and Class B medical devices; and
  • October, 2034 for prescription medicines and Class C medical devices.

Foreign Halal Certification Bodies

Article 47 of the Halal Law states that Halal certified products and materials coming from overseas will only have to be registered at BPJPH and later sold and distributed in Indonesia without any change in their Halal registration status.

However, not all foreign certificates will be allowed to go through this process and those certification institutions that are not on the list will have to be assessed by BPJPH.

As of January 2020, the Ministry of Religion recognized 45-Halal certification bodies located outside of Indonesia in 26-countries. (Source: International Trade Association)

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These are answers to questions we get asked the most about company set ups. If your question isn't here, drop us a line.

Of course. To do so, you need to engage with a local nominee service provider.
Yes, this particularly applies to import and export businesses. Instead of establishing a company, you can use an undername import service, also known as importer of record.
It should take between 1 to 1.5 months. For speedy incorporation, you can choose a shelf company (ready-made company) instead.
Yes. A joint venture company can be in the form of PT PMA (foreign company) or PT (local company). Requirements for each establishment are different.
Business Registration Number is proof that a company, regardless of type, is legally registered in Indonesia. A company that does not have a Business Registration Number may have to face dissolution.

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Ridwan Jasin Zachrie

CFO of Seven Stones Indonesia, Jakarta

Ridwan is one of Indonesia’s top executives with a long and illustrious career in the financial world. He holds several professional certifications including being a Certified Business Valuer (CBV) issued by the Australian Academy of Finance and Management; Broker-Dealer Representative (WPPE); and The Directorship Certification for Directors and Commissioners, issued by the Indonesian Institute of Commissioners and Directors.

His experience includes being the Managing Director at one of the top investment banking groups in the region, the Recapital Group, the CFO at State-owned enterprises in fishery industry and the CEO at Tanri Abeng & Son Holding. He’s also been an Independent Commissioner in several Financial Service companies and on the Audit and Risk Committee at Bank BTPN Tbk, Berau Coal Energy Tbk, Aetra Air Jakarta as well as working for Citibank, Bank Mandiri and HSBC. His last position was as CFO at PT Citra Putra Mandiri – OSO Group.

Ridwan has won a number of prestigious awards including the Best CFO Awards 2019 (Institute of Certified Management Accountant Australia-Indonesia); Asia Pacific Young Business Leader awarded by Asia 21 Network New York USA (Tokyo 2008); UK Alumni Business Awards 2008 awarded by the British Council; and The Most Inspiring Human Resources Practitioners’ version of Human Capital Magazine 2010.

He’s a member of the Board of Trustees of the Alumni Association of the Faculty of Law, Trisakti University, Co-Founder of the Paramadina Public Policy Institute and actively writes books, publications and articles in the mass media. He co-authored “Korupsi Mengorupsi Indonesia” in 2009, which helps those with an interest in understanding governance in Indonesia and the critical issue of corruption. Ridwan speaks Indonesian and English.

Per Fredrik Ecker

Managing Director of Seven Stones Indonesia, Jakarta

Per is the Managing Director of the Seven Stones Indonesia (SSI) Jakarta office and has more than 25-years’ experience in Indonesia, China, and Western Europe. He previously worked in senior management positions with Q-Free ASA, Siemens AG, and other companies in the telecom sector. Over the last six years, he has been the Chairman of the Indonesia-Norway Business Council (INBC) and recently become elected to be on the board of EuroCham Indonesia.

His most recent experience is within Intelligent Transport Solutions (ITS), Telecom, and other sectors within the Indonesian market. He is today through his position in SSI and by representing Norway Connect, promoting Nordic and European companies that would like to explore business opportunities in the Indonesian market. He’s also playing an active role to help create the Nordic House concept in Jakarta that will provide an excellent platform for Nordic companies entering Indonesia, where they’ll find a community that can offer support with trusted information and affordable services to enter this market.

Andrzej Barski

Director of Seven Stones Indonesia

Andrzej is Co-owner/ Founder and Director of Seven Stones Indonesia. He was born in the UK to Polish parents and has been living in Indonesia for more than 33-years. He is a skilled writer, trainer and marketer with a deep understanding of Indonesia and its many cultures after spending many years travelling across the archipelago from North Sumatra to Irian Jaya.

His experience covers Marketing, Branding, Advertising, Publishing, Real Estate and Training for 5-Star Hotels and Resorts in Bali and Jakarta, which has given him a passion for the customer experience. He’s a published author and a regular contributor to local and regional publications. His interests include conservation, eco-conscious initiatives, spirituality and motorcycles. Andrzej speaks English and Indonesian.

Terje H. Nilsen

Director of Seven Stones Indonesia

Terje is from Norway and has been living in Indonesia for over 20-years. He first came to Indonesia as a child and after earning his degree in Business Administration from the University of Agder in Norway, he moved to Indonesia in 1993, where he has worked in leading positions in education and the fitness/ wellness industries all over Indonesia including Jakarta, Banjarmasin, Medan and Bali.

He was Co-owner and CEO of the Paradise Property Group for 10-years and led the company to great success. He is now Co-owner/ Founder and Director of Seven Stones Indonesia offering market entry services for foreign investors, legal advice, sourcing of investments and in particular real estate investments. He has a soft spot for eco-friendly and socially sustainable projects and investments, while his personal business strengths are in property law, tourism trends, macroeconomics, Indonesian government and regulations. His personal interests are in sport, adventure, history and spiritual experiences.

Terje’s leadership, drive and knowledge are recognised across many industries and his unrivalled network of high level contacts in government and business spans the globe. He believes you do good and do well but always in that order. Terje speaks English, Indonesian and Norwegian.