On 17 October 2014, the Indonesian Parliament issued Law No. 33 of 2014 on Halal Product Assurance ("Halal Product Assurance Law"). The intention is to provide protection and assurance for halal products consumed by Indonesian citizens, the majority of whom are Moslem. Please click here for our client alert on the Halal Product Assurance Law.

The Halal Product Assurance Law needs around 20 implementing regulations, which were to be issued within two years after 17 October 2014. The halal certification obligation under the Halal Product Assurance Law will become mandatory five years after 17 October 2014.

In early June 2016, the Indonesian Ministry of Religious Affairs ("MORA") released an update on the draft government regulation that will become an implementing regulation of the Halal Product Assurance Law, which will apply to all products that are imported to, and distributed and traded in, Indonesia.

The government has finally issued the above government regulation. On 29 April this year, the Government of the Republic of Indonesia issued Government Regulation 31 of 2019 on the Implementing Regulation of Law No. 33 of 2014 on Halal Product Assurance ("GR 31"), which become effective on 3 May 2019.