Who We Are
The International Halal Accreditation Forum (IHAF) is established as an independent, non-government network of accreditation bodies to construct a solid foundation for the global industry and to harmonize accreditation practices in halal filed globally, that in turn, will lead to achieve its ultimate goal of facilitating halal trade worldwide and will consequently impact countries economy.
Due to the large number of halal marks held by various products in different outlets around the world, most consumers question the credibility of these marks. Instead of being more confident in halal products than others, inquiries are raised about the superiority of one mark over another, and whether the products are truly halal. This has become a major challenge in this sector. In the midst of the chaos that has swept the world, and in the absence of an international body concerned with verifying the halal conformity assessment practices of each country, without reaching an acceptable and common international agreement between the different parties, this added a new challenge for all voices and initiatives that are raised to support and facilitate trade and movement of goods and products, according to the free trade system adopted by the World Trade Organization.
IHAF was established as a joint initiative from Dubai Islamic Economy Development Center (DIEDC) and the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA). This was announced during the establishment meeting that was held on 4th of May 2016 in Dubai-United Arab Emirates and attended by constituent members. The announcement of the establishment was done based on approval of UAE government (UAE cabinet resolution no.(2\و1\2) for the year 2016, to establish the International Halal Accreditation Forum headquartered in Dubai and financed by UAE government for three years from the establishment date.
IHAF Constituent Members
Ten constituent members were attended the establishment meeting of IHAF on 04th of May 2016 to establish the “International Halal Accreditation Forum” .
The constituent members are
- American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA)
- International Emirates Accreditation Center (EIAC)
- National Council for Accreditation Egypt (EGAC).
- Entidad Nacional de Accreditation -Spain (ENAC)
- Emirates National Accreditation System (ENAS)
- GCC Accreditation Center (GAC)
- Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ),
- Pakistan National Accreditation Council (PNAC)
- Saudi Accreditation Committee (SAC)
- United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS)
In the first two years of its establishment, the Forum has attracted more than 27 international accreditation bodies operating in the OIC member countries, as well as accreditation bodies operating in non-Islamic foreign countries that play a leading international role in the halal industry and influence their trade. These bodies work together in accordance with the framework established by the Forum to ensure a homogeneous application of the requirements and criteria for accreditation and conformity assessment of halal, and in accordance with unified mechanisms that guarantee the efficiency of these bodies and the accredited halal certification bodies.