Work begins on int’l Halal accreditation

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By 2030, Halal market can be the biggest industry

Dubai—The Secretary-General’s Office of the International Halal Accreditation Forum, (IHAF) has started the groundwork aimed at establishng the world’s first Halal international accreditation network. The IHAF is now finalising the drafting of by-laws to be deliberated by its General Assembly in November. Following approval, IHAF plans multi-lateral agreements with major food and product exporting countries.
IHAF’s 10 founding members are: Dubai Municipality (Dubai Accreditation Center), Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology (Emirates National Accreditation System), American Association for Laboratory Accreditation, Pakistan National Accreditation Council, Entidad Nacional de Acreditacion (Spain), GCC Accreditation Centre, Saudi Accreditation Committee, United Kingdom Accreditation Service, Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand, and the National Council for Accreditation Egypt. Mohamed Saleh Badri, Secretary-General of IHAF, said, “The rate of growth witnessed in the Halal market shows that by 2030, it can be the biggest industry in the world. However, although Halal standards and processes are based on the universal principles and teachings of Islam, the Halal industry is yet to use one universal set of determinants and one all-encompassing mark. “More than a hundred Halal marks are currently being used all over the globe. IHAF’s ultimate mission is to unify Halal criteria and Halal practices and generate a global agreement among the authorities that would ease the flow of Halal goods between countries and create a Halal market that consumers can trust.—WAM