The Head of the National Agency for Food and Drug Control (BPOM) has issued Regulation No. 11 of 2014 on The Procedure for the Certification of Good Manufacturing Practices, ensuring compliance with the applicable standards for processed food. Regulation 11 has been in force since 5 August 2014.

All processed food produced and distributed in Indonesia must be certified to acknowledge that the product's manufacturing process complies with good manufacturing practices for processed food (CPPOB), a food safety requirement. Applicants must submit a written application to the Head of BPOM for certification accompanied by the supporting documents. Within 30 days from receipt of the application, the Head of BPOM will conduct a review for which the issuance of a certificate may be approved or suspended.

If the issuance of the certificate is suspended, the applicant must submit a corrective and preventive action (CAPA) report within six months of the suspension notice. Otherwise, the application will be deemed withdrawn, and the applicant must restart the registration procedure from the beginning.

A certificate is valid for three years and can be amended to change the certificate holder's name, but this does not change its expiry date. Any material change, such as a change of the certified production process, additional new facilities and change of building layout, must be reported to and approved by the Head of BPOM.

Re-certification can be requested six months before the initial certificate's expiry date. A new assessment is required if during re-certification, the production equipment is deemed no longer compatible with recent technological developments.

The certificate may be canceled for the following reasons: (i) non-compliance with the terms of the CPPOB, or (ii) revocation of the certificate holder's business permit.

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