Indonesia Indonesia entirely amends Halal certification rules

Indonesia entirely amends Halal certification rules

On February 2, 2021, Indonesia enacted the “Governmental Regulation No. 39 of 2021 on Halal Product Assurance Mechanism” (hereinafter referred to as the Regulation), which came into effect immediately. With the enforcement of the Regulation, the previous Governmental Regulation No. 31 of 2019 became invalid. The Regulation, which consists of 16 chapters and 172 articles, makes Halal certification mandatory for specific products, and stipulates the products to be certified, implementation schedule, product packaging, and certification method.

The original text of the Regulation can be downloaded from the following link.


Regulated Products

The specific products for which Halal certification will be mandatory are specified in Article 135 of the Regulation as follows

    1. Food
    2. Beverages
    3. Medicine
    4. Cosmetics
    5. Chemical products
    6. Biological products
    7. Genetically modified products
    8. Used products that are used, utilized, or exploited.

However, “chemical products,” “biological products,” and “genetically modified products” in paragraphs “5” to “7” above shall be related to food, beverages, medicine, or cosmetics. The detailed definitions of “food,” “beverage,” “medicine,” and “cosmetics” in paragraphs “1” through “4” will be determined by the Minister of Religion.


Implementation Schedule

The implementation schedule of Halal certification obligation for each product is as follows.

Products Mandatory date
Herbal medicines, tonic, and health supplements Oct. 17th, 2026
Over-the-counter and unregulated medications are Oct. 17th, 2029
Prescription drugs, except psychotropic drugs Oct. 17th, 2034
Cosmetics, chemical products and genetically modified products Oct. 17th, 2026
Second-hand items used in the clothing, headwear, and accessories category Oct. 17th, 2026
Used products used in the categories of home health tools, household utensils, prayer tools for Muslims, writing utensils, and office tools Oct. 17th, 2026
Second-hand goods in the category of “Risk A” health equipment Oct. 17th, 2026
Second-hand goods in the category of “Risk B” health equipment Oct. 17th, 2029
Second-hand goods in the category of “Risk C” health equipment Oct. 17th, 2034
Drugs, biologicals, and health appliances whose raw materials are not derived from Halal sources and/or whose production methods are not based on Halal To be implemented in accordance with the relating laws and regulations


Author / Responsibility

AOKI Kenji

Senior Consultant, EnviX Ltd.
General Director, E&H Consulting Co., Ltd.

Business Performance

Expertise in EHS (environment, health and safety) consulting in ASEAN region.
- Environmental regulations updating
- Chemical regulations consulting


MSc in Earth Science, The University of Tokyo

AOKI Kenji