Chicago, IL, USA – The Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA), a leading U.S. halal certification body, achieves a significant milestone: recognition and accreditation from the Badan Penyelenggara Jaminan Produk Halal (BPJPH) of Indonesia. This accomplishment marks another new era for IFANCA, expanding its reach in the global halal market, particularly Indonesia. While IFANCA has enjoyed close collaboration with Indonesian halal authorities for years, this achievement streamlines the process for U.S. companies exporting halal products to Indonesia.

Recognition and Accreditation Ceremony at H-20

During the H-20 event in Jakarta, Indonesia (November 2023), BPJPH invited IFANCA representatives. The formal recognition and accreditation document presentation by BPJPH was a highlight, alongside industry dialogues. On November 17, 2023, BPJPH officially announced IFANCA as the first U.S. halal certification body to receive their recognition and accreditation. The ceremony also included a cooperation agreement signing and certificate handover by Muhammad Aqil Irham (Head of BPJPH) and Dr. Muhammad Munir Chaudry (IFANCA President & CEO).

Impact on Indonesia-U.S. Halal Industry

The signing ceremony resonated with applause, signifying a new chapter for both institutions. For BPJPH, recognizing a foreign halal body demonstrates efforts to foster international cooperation in halal product assurance. BPJPH believes this strengthens the global halal ecosystem. IFANCA views this recognition as a major boost for the Indonesia-U.S. halal market. Now, U.S. companies with IFANCA-certified halal products, whether raw materials or retail goods, can enter the Indonesian market with greater ease.

Strategic Steps for Collaboration

BPJPH’s recognition and accreditation of IFANCA aligns with their goals under Law Number 33 of 2014 (Halal Product Assurance) and related regulations. IFANCA remains committed to compliance and will continue collaborating with BPJPH and stakeholders to uphold the integrity of its halal certification process. This includes expanding accreditation scope and optimizing internal resources (e.g., auditor training initiatives). Starting from April 5th, 2024, IFANCA has been recognized for 6 product categories based on BPJPH regulations, namely Foods, Beverages, Drugs, Cosmetics, Chemicals, and Biological products.

IFANCA’s Commitment to Halal Market Growth

Dr. Muhammad Munir Chaudry stated, “This recognition is a testament to IFANCA’s dedication to providing reliable, high-quality halal certification for over 40 years. We remain committed to supporting U.S. companies in expanding their reach in the global halal market through IFANCA certification.”

“This client and community trust allows IFANCA to continue playing a prominent role in the halal industry.”

Stronger Partnership and Client Support

IFANCA anticipates this recognition will lead to a more intensive cooperative partnership, not only with BPJPH but also with U.S. companies seeking to export halal products to Indonesia using IFANCA certification. The organization remains committed to providing continuous support to its clients in complying with the regulations established by BPJPH for the Indonesian market. Check the following link to learn about the specific regulations.

Halal certification for Indonesian Market