Islamic Organizations Can Issue Halal Fatwas, UKM Can Be Free

Fee for free halal certification is only given to SMEs with a turnover of less than IDR 1 billion.

Minister of Religion Fachrul Razi stated that the management of halal certification in the future will not only rely on the fatwa of the Indonesian Ulema Council. According to him, Islamic organizations with legal status are also allowed to issue halal fatwas for the purpose of product certification. “I have received directions from the Vice President regarding Islamic mass organizations together with MUI to issue halal fatwas. With the same standards, in one forum MUI and elements of mass organizations,” said Fachrul through a written statement.

Fachrul explained that halal certification since 1988 has been carried out by MUI. With the issuance of Law Number 33 of 2014 concerning Halal Product Guarantee which mandates the establishment of a Halal Product Guarantee Agency, halal fatwas are no longer issued only by MUI but also Islamic organizations. In addition, the time for processing halal certification has also been accelerated. From the previous 93 days to 21 days now. “Although Singapore only takes 15 days. This is a step forward. Hopefully it will be faster in the future,” he said.

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Free Halal Certification for SMEs

To accelerate the facilitation of halal certification, 10 ministries and state agencies signed a memorandum of cooperation at the Ministry of Religion on Thursday, August 13, 2020. The 10 institutions consist of the Ministry of Religion, Ministry of Industry, Ministry of Trade, Ministry of Cooperatives, Small and Medium Enterprises, Ministry of Tourism. and Creative Economy / Tourism and Creative Economy Agency, Ministry of State-Owned Enterprises, Ministry of Home Affairs, National Zakat Agency, Indonesian Waqf Board, and the National Committee for Sharia Economics and Finance (KNEKS).

“We have the same interests, build a good future and provide convenience to MSEs,” said Fachrul. One of the points that has become a collective agreement is the processing of halal certification at a cost of Rp. 0 or free. This provision is addressed to SMEs with a turnover of below Rp1 billion.

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Islamic Organizations Can Issue Halal Fatwas, UKM Can Be Free

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Minister of Cooperatives, Small and Medium Enterprises, Teten Masduki, who was present at the signing of the cooperation, appreciated the halal certification fee of Rp0 for SMEs. Teten admitted that so far, she has often received complaints regarding the cost of obtaining halal certification. “The ease and facilitation of halal certification and the imposition of an affirmation rate of Rp0 for turnover below 1M will be welcomed by UKM players. Because they also want to take part in halal certification. This Rp0 policy will delight UKM. We thank the Minister of Religion for this initiative, “said Teten. .

Teten hopes that this collaboration will strengthen SMEs in the face of decreasing purchasing power due to Covid-19. SMEs need halal certification to accelerate their access to the goods procurement market through LKPP. “We hope that this collaboration will continue so that SMEs can survive and dominate the local market in the midst of a pandemic. Let’s promote MSEs and national cooperatives so that they can continue to grow,” he said.

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There are 7,163 Halal Certification Registrants

Head of the Halal Product Guarantee Agency (BPJPH) Sukoso said that from 17 October 2019 to 12 August 2020, there were 7,163 registrants for halal certification. The number consists of 5,085 registrants for SME entrepreneurs, 1,198 registrants for medium enterprises, and 880 registrants for large businesses. To date, there have been 296 halal certificates issued by BPJPH and submitted to business actors from all over Indonesia. Sukoso hopes that the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Religion and the nine related K / Ls will accelerate the halal certification process, especially for SMEs.

This cooperation will take the form of policy, program and budget support, as well as socialization and assistance for halal certification. Included in the scope of this cross-K / L cooperation is the process of financing the processing of halal certification, data collection, coordination of the development of UKM players.