The Indonesian Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM) announced a program to work with logistics companies and e-commerce outlets to curb the distribution of illegal products last week. BPOM head Roy Alexander Sparingga sought support from e-commerce companies and logistics /delivery companies. He cited difficulties tracing operators behind the mushrooming online sale of unlicensed food, drugs and cosmetics over the past few years.

He referred specifically the misuse of distribution registration numbers (NIEs) which come from the BPOM license issued to the genuine producer. In 2014, BPOM took action against 300 websites offering unlicensed food, drugs and cosmetics products, and hey arranged for the sites to be blocked by the Communications and Information Ministry. 

Major online retailers such as Zalora expressed support as did courier companies. Zalora has been consulting with BPOM as to how it can sell cosmetics legally.  Online population growth is expected to reach 100 million in Indonesia in 2015.