Malaysian Halal Authority and European Operational Excellence

Halal, not always Halal...

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.

European Halal Certifier Schemes

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.

Halal Certifier selection logo | Halal Balancing™Main task here is to determine which certifier fits the purpose, see also our Halal Certifier Selection Service.

International trade - closed lists -

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.

Halal Certifier selection logo | Halal Balancing™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.

Jakim - Malaysia

Logo of JakimMalaysia 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).

Logo of Halal Balancing™ 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), but also 'international' certification, allowing producers to carry the Jakim logo is an option.

We support all schemes (local, international, direct), including application follow up. We're also a Jakim Halal Board Professional certified Halal Executive.


Logo of ESMAEntering 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 are EIAC-trained for this scheme and hence support and assist companies in getting certified according to this new scheme.

Logo of SMICCLogo of GSOAs GSO (Standardisation Authority of the Gulf States) and SMICC (Standardisation Authority of the OIC countries) follow similar standards, we also support these schemes, for which we are trained by EAIC, the Emirates International Accreditation Centre.

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

OIC-SMICC-1 : Halal Food Production

MUI, LPPOM, BPJPH - Indonesia

MUI-LPPOM (current Halal authority)

MUI LogoLike 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.

BPJPH (new Halal authority)

With the Indonesian Halal law 33/2014, entering in force in 17.10.2019, products entering Indonesia must be mandatory certified Halal, or they will have to be labelled as 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. This will affect the accredited Halal Certification Bodies (which one is still accredited and which one is not) and the territory the may cover.

Delays in implementation are expected however and are followed up.