Accreditation in the Halal system
Published reports indicate the existence of more than 120 halal certification bodies (HCBs) worldwide, most of which issue halal certificates and marks, mostly for meat and food consignees, as well as cosmetic products, pharmaceuticals and halal supplements. The many HCBs create mistrust amongst consumers, raising doubts about the accuracy and credibility of the certificates and marks issued by these agencies. To bring back the trust in halal certificates and marks, halal accreditation is required.
Halal Accreditation is the action or process of officially recognizing halal conformity assessment bodies (e.g. Labs, Certification bodies, and inspection bodies) as having a particular status and being qualified to perform a particular activity in halal field; and being compliant with Sharia requirements.
Statistics shows that cost of halal certified products will approach $1,000,000,000.00 by 2025, which make it essential to have a proper control over conformity assessment bodies working on halal field to ensure they are competent enough to issue halal certificates and marks. In addition, this highlights the importance of accreditation as a tool to reduce cost associated with repeating conformity assessment activities and facilitating trade between countries.
It is worth mentioning here that in the event that several countries sign the Multilateral Recognition Agreement under the umbrella of the International Forum for Halal Accreditation Bodies, halal certificates and marks that will be issued by one of IHAF members, will be recognized by the rest of the signatory members without having to be re-examined.