Halal Certification for Drugs, Cosmetics Made Mandatory, Says Minister

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  • Minister of Religion Yaqut Cholil Qoumas delivered his presentation during a working meeting with Commission VIII of the House of Representatives at the Parliament Complex, Senayan, Jakarta, Thursday, September 2, 2021. The meeting discussed the discussion of the budget work plan of Ministries or Institutions for 2022. TEMPO/M Taufan Rengganis

    Minister of Religion Yaqut Cholil Qoumas delivered his presentation during a working meeting with Commission VIII of the House of Representatives at the Parliament Complex, Senayan, Jakarta, Thursday, September 2, 2021. The meeting discussed the discussion of the budget work plan of Ministries or Institutions for 2022. TEMPO/M Taufan Rengganis

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Religious Affairs Minister Yaqut Cholil Qoumas stated that halal certification has been made mandatory for medicine, cosmetics, and consumer goods products starting on Sunday, October 17, 2021, as stipulated in the Government Regulation No.39 of 2021 pertaining to the Implementation of Halal Product Insurance.

    “The mandatory of halal certification on drugs, cosmetics, and consumer goods starts to be imposed as the second phase of its mandatory has been commenced from October 17, 2021 to October 17, 2026,” Qoumas informed in a press statement issued here on Sunday.

    The staging which is aimed at ensuring the halal-certified mandatory on products, as stipulated in the regulation, can be well-implemented as well as preventing the upcoming difficulties faced by especially business players in maintaining and developing their businesses, he expounded.

    The product coverage in halal product insurance is very wide, including foods, beverages, drugs, cosmetics, chemical products, biological products, genetically-modified products, and consumer goods worn, used, and benefited by the public.

    "The staging policy is inevitable in implementing the halal-certified mandatory,” he emphasized.

    The ministry’s Halal Certification Agency (BPJPH) Head Muhammad Aqil Irham added that the staging of halal-certified mandatory for product is stipulated in details in Article 139 of the Government Regulation (PP) No. 39 of 2021.

    The article regulates the halal-certified mandatory on product types to be conducted in stages.

    The first stage comprises (a) food and beverage products; (b) raw materials, food additives, and auxiliary materials for food and beverage products; and (c) results of the slaughtered and slaughtering services.

    Meanwhile, Article 140 stipulates the staging of halal-certified mandatory on such products to be started from October 17, 2019 to October 17, 2024.

    The second phase of the halal-certified mandatory is stipulated in Article 141 of PP No. 39 of 2021, encompassing various types of products, from traditional medicine, health supplement, free drugs, to consumer goods.

    “In the anniversary of BPJPH, I urged all related stakeholders, including ministries/institutions, regional administrations, higher educational institutions, mass organizations, and all spheres of community, to welcome the second phasing of the halal-certified mandatory," he said.

    To this end, Irham called on the stakeholders to continue to work in synergy and support halal product insurance to be successfully implemented in Indonesia through a slogan “do charity sincerely, work professionally, and gain results optimally.

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