The challenge faced by Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (UMKM) in guaranteeing halal certified products in 2019 according to Law No. 33 of 2014, encouraged University of Muhammadiyah Malang to hold a National Working Meeting (Rakernas) with the Muhammadiyah central leadership (PP Muhammadiyah) and several Muhammadiyah Universities (PTM) in Indonesia. The National Working Meeting was held to discuss about the improvement of Muhammadiyah's Halal Inspection and Halal Thayyiban Study (LPHKHT) deeper.
"The main issue we discuss is the focus of socialization to PTM that do not have a halal study center and encourage PTM to immediately certify auditors. This is because we want to immediately run LPHKHT not only the existing container but also can be operational," said Dr. Ir Damat, MP, lecturer at the Faculty of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry (FPP) as well as Chairman of the Second Meeting Leadership at the Muhammadiyah LPH-KHT Meeting / PP Muhammadiyah in UMM Senate Meeting Room, Saturday (4/8).
Deeper Damat outlines, Law No. 33 of 2014 only allows State Universities (PTN) and mass organizations to establish LPH, not for Private Universities (PTS). Therefore, sheltered under the Muhammadiyah organization, Muhammadiyh universities in Indonesia will be a tool to embrace UMKM, merchants and entrepreneurs in the halal certification of products produced.
"Hopefully, all Muhammadiyah universities have a halal study center. So, if there are UMKM or companies that want to apply for halal certificates in various regions, it can be handled by Muhammadiyah universities throughout Indonesia. This is also for cost efficiency," he said.
Head of the Central Laboratory and Halal Center of UMM, Dr. Elfi Anis Saati, MP, conveyed that the establishment and appointment of LPHKHT Muhammadiyah of directors was established on April 12, 2018 which consisted of trustees board, sharia supervisory board, expert committee, directors, and auditor committee.
UMM had already been involved in halal food study in 2008 by establishing a Halal Safe Study Center for research and community service purposes. In addition, in 2009, a curriculum was established with courses on Safe and Halal Food Management.
"We do this in order to prepare graduates who understand safe and halal food technology," she explained.
At the end, Elfi said that through the existing synergy among Muhammadiyah universities, the next big target is to register an accredited Muhammadiyah LPHKHT. This is also to support each university's tridarma, both the research institute and its services.
"The accreditation of this model is given the ISO version of the accreditation. It can be BPJPH (Halal Product Guarantee Agency) which may be a bit complicated because the PP has not come out or can be typical of Muhammadiyah LPH itself. We make it special that we don't play around using national or international standards," he concluded. (ard)