Representatives from 10 countries have signed a deal approving the establishment of the International Halal Accreditation Forum (IHAF) in Dubai.

The primary objective of establishing this organization is to harmonize conformity assessment practices in the Halal field and establish multilateral recognition agreements between member bodies that will facilitate Halal trade globally.

“The agreement will facilitate the structured organization of varied sectors of Islamic economy and the formation of its entities. Furthermore, it will enable the documentation of local and international references and lay down specifications for an unanimously agreed mechanism that will be binding on all participating countries in the Islamic economy space,”

said Mohammad Al Gergawi, Chairman of the DIEDC.

The Halal products pillar in the ‘Dubai: Capital of Islamic Economy strategy focuses on enhancing efforts to ensure the development and growth of the Halal products sector by expanding the range of raw materials, and acting as a global gateway for producers and consumers. The Halal products pillar will also emphasize the creation of a world-class accreditation and certification platform to certify Halal products globally through testing laboratories that utilize the best available skills in this field.

Creating a center for the recognition of halal products and services has been one of the top topic for the Islamic economy stakeholders, in fact Dr Rashid Ahmad Bin Fahd, Minister of State and Chairman of the Board of Directors of ESMA stated:

“Standardization is key to the halal value chain. Having unified schemes that ensure the development of necessary specifications, and put in place suitable verification systems are vital to the growth of this industry. Accreditation bodies are crucial to the overall scheme of things in a nascent sector such as Islamic economy”.


Halal food trade: what is “Halal”


‘Halal’ defines a consumer product or a group of consumer products where the Shariah principles and measures are observed throughout the various stages of the supply chain process, including the production, transportation, and distribution phases.

An animal should not be dead prior to slaughter

A Muslim should perform slaughter

Any flowing blood of the carcass should be completely drained

The word ‘halal’ literally means permissible– and in translation it is usually used as lawful.

More than 500 products have the ‘Halal Certificate’ such as food, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, textiles, and leather goods. The value of money spent by consumers on Halal products globally:

US $1.62 trillion in 2012

US $2.47 trillion in 2018

While such high demand provides greater opportunities for growth in the Halal products industry, it offers an enormous incentive to make the development of the Halal products industry one of the central drivers in the implementation of ‘Dubai: Capital of Islamic Economy’ strategy.