Indonesia: YPHI Encourages Government to Immediately Issue BPJPH Implementation Rules

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Jakarta, MINA – The Organizing Board of Halal Product Guarantee (BPJPH) has faced many obstacles in its efforts to realize the full target of halal certification, in the absence of implementing regulations such as the Presidential Regulation (PP) and the Regulation of the Ministry of Religious Affairs (PMA)).

In response to this, the head of the Indonesian Halal Products Foundation (YPHI) Yanis Musdja said the challenge faced by the newly built body is very complex because it will deal with industry players who do not want halal certification.

“The debate and polemic that occurred among the ministries made the PP and Regulation of Ministry of Religious Affairs have not yet been published,” Yanis said on the sidelines of the Halal Lifestyle Expo & Conference (INHALEC) event in Jakarta on Thursday (19/10).

According to him, the Association of Pharmaceutical Companies has visited the Ministry of Health to urge it not to apply halal certification to drugs. The reason, according to Yanis, drugs are sold in the market is made of materials that its halalness is doubtful and even some are forbidden. So that if certified automatically the drug manufacturers will have difficulty to produce their medicine.

He added that such consideration is a source of debate in the government itself, thus making the government regulation not yet issued related to BPJPH. In fact, the initial target, BPJPH should have started working since early 2017.

“Because of the many debates BPJPH has just formed and it’s been late for almost a year,” he said. (L/R04/RS5)

Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)