Indonesia set to soften impact of halal law

Moves include accepting foreign halal certificates, simplified application process

A beauty products shop in Jakarta. Consumer products are required to carry halal certification, under regulations expected as early as next month.
A beauty products shop in Jakarta. Consumer products are required to carry halal certification, under regulations expected as early as next month.PHOTO: REUTERS

The government of President Joko Widodo is readying rules that senior administration officials say will limit the fallout from a 2014 statute requiring all consumer products to seek certification that they comply with Islamic law.

The regulations, expected as early as next month, will all but exempt prescription and over-the-counter pharmaceutical products from declaring whether they meet halal standards. Other provisions include recognition of more than 40 overseas halal certifying bodies to help ease import bottlenecks, as well as simplified application processes.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 10, 2018, with the headline 'Indonesia set to soften impact of halal law'. Subscribe