Malaysian Halal Authority and European Operational Excellence
As Halal requirements differ across the globe, so do Halal standards or Halal schemes. Knowing which Halal standard or scheme to follow may be crucial for success.
In Europe, in absence of official Halal Authorities, Halal Certifier Bodies develop their own Halal Standards, reflecting their own beliefs and those of their targeted Muslim consumers.
Main task here is to determine which certifier fits the purpose, see also our Halal Certifier Selection Service.
When exporting outside of Europe, not all European Halal Certifiers as accepted as such by the importing country. Some countries established (closed) lists of approved Halal Certification Bodies - only export Halal certificates of these Halal Certifiers are accepted by the importing country.
So one has to determine in advance which certifier to work with, or else one may not be able to export to certain countries. See also our Halal Certifier Selection Service.
Malaysia always has been on the front of the development of Halal standards and has a formalised Halal Certification Procedure and an official Halal Authority (JAKIM).
has a long lasting experience of preparing companies for either direct or indirect certification.
For slaughterhouses or meat producers, direct certification by JAKIM (and the veterinary department DVS) is a requirement for export to Malaysia.
For most other products, certification by a local Jakim approved Halal Certifier is sufficient (indirect certification).
We support both schemes, including application follow up.
Entering in force in 2017, the new UAE Halal scheme changed the way Halal Certification Bodies were accredited and how companies are audited. New in these standards is the two-stage audit, comprising both Halal and Food Safety.
Based on the ISO 17021-17065 series, more attention has been given to Certifier impartiality (only auditing) and overall documented competency.
We also support this scheme and already assisted companies in getting certified according to this new scheme.
As GSO (Standardisation Authority of the Gulf States) and SMICC (Standardisation Authority of the OIC countries) follow similar standards, we also support these schemes.
UAE.S 2055-1:2015: Halal products - Part 1: General Requirements for Halal Food
UAE.S 2055-2:2016: Halal products - Part 2: General Requirements for Halal Certification Bodies
UAE.S 2055-4:2014: Halal Products - Part 4: Requirements for Cosmetics and Personal care
UAE.S 993:2015: Animal Slaughtering Requirements According to Islamic Rules
Like Malaysia also Indonesia applies 2 certification models.
The indirect model, through a approved local Halal Certifier, allows companies to sell their products in Indonesia to professional clients like food producers or food service companies.
To sell Halal products directly to the final consumer, the MUI Halal logo must be used. To use the logo, a company has to be directly certified by MUI-LPPOM, using the HAS23000 standard as a reference.
We again support both models and are a MUI-LPPOM certified HAS23000 internal trainer and HAS 23000 internal auditor.
With the Indonesian Halal law 33/2014, entering in force in 2019 at the latest, products entering Indonesia must be mandatory certified Halal, unless they are Haram. This law is not limited to food products but covers cosmetic and pharmaceutical products as well.
At the same time, a new government agency (BPJPH) will become responsible for Halal certification and Halal Certifier Body accreditation. Delays in implementation are expected however but are followed up.