Introduction

Certification is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as “proof or a document proving that someone is qualified for a particular job, or that something is of good quality”.

In Halal sense the Halal Certificate is a document that provides an assurance that the products and services offered for Muslim population, in particular, are in compliance with the requirements of Islamic law.  It is basically a process which ensures the features and quality of the products being certified are in accordance with the rules or Standards established by relevant Competent Authority. The expected end result of a Halal Certificate is that the products and services to be certified can use of the Halal mark.

Typically a Halal Certification is conducted by an independent accredited body and covers products and their components, services, people and systems.

Benefits of a Halal Certification

  • Halal certification is an important requirement of Muslim importing countries and some importers in Non-Muslim countries.
  • The Halal market continues to grow worldwide and the Companies can attain a larger market share due to Halal Certification.
  • To use the term Halal in Food sector, a product must be Halal certified according to Pakistan Halal Standard PS: 3733 for Halal Food Management System
  • Minhaj Halal Certification has developed and implemented procedures in compliance with the requirements of Halal Standards (Pakistan Standard for Halal Certification).
  • Re-certification is easy in case the term of Halal Certificate expires.

Halal Certificate as a Specific Document

The Minhaj Halal Certification issues a Halal Certificate for a specific product or service for a specific duration. This type of certificate signifies that the listed product or products meet the Halal Standard i.e. PS 3733 for Halal Food Management System Requirements for any organization in the food chain. The MHC issues such a certificate for a specified quantity (batch certificate) of the product designed for a particular distributor or importer.

Periodic Certification: The Minhaj Halal Certification issues the certificate for a specific period.; It can not be renewed automatically. Any such renewal is subject to passing the annual inspection, through Halal compliance in accordance with the PS 3733 for Halal Food Management System Requirements for any organization in the food chain.

Halal Certification Procedure

Components

MHC Halal Certification services comprise of two components i.e. religious and technical as follows:

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Certification Process

The Halal Certification process typically includes on-site audits and standardized testing and inspections. Once a Certificate has been delivered, it is maintained through regular audits.

A typical Certification Process cycle comprises of:

  1. Client Engagement
  2. Application Submission
  3. Products Finalization
  4. Available Documentation Evaluation
  5. Checking Conformity with Published Standards
  6. Onsite Inspections of the Selected Facility by MHC Auditors and Shariah Scholars
  7. Evaluation Report and Recommendation
  8. Submission of Report to the Certification Panel
  9. Panel Decision for Halal Certificate
  10. Issuance of Halal Certificate
  11. Post-certification monitoring
  12. Re-certification in case of non-conformity

Certification Flow

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