Kuala Lumpur: It is being claimed that the application process for halal certification will become much easier with the use of Halal Verification Engine (HVE), which will help expedite the process, stated DagangHalal Bhd.
HVE data base, which uses cloud computing, acts as a resource center for merchandise and products that are halal, services and certification bodies that have been licensed as halal by the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim).
DagangHalal group chief exectuive Mohamed Hazli Mohamed Hussain said HVE has more than 100,000 products and serviceswithin thefood and beverage (F&B) industry, slaughter houses, pharmaceutical, logistic, cosmetic and ingredients.
For example, the ingredients that were imported had obtained the approvals from the halal certification body in that country which is registered with Jakim, he told Bernama.
“Through this new approach, the applicants simply have to obtain the halal certificate from HVE without needing to contact the manufacturers of the product/ingredient. This not only facilitates the applicant but also assists Jakim in making sure the authenticity of the certificates,” he said.
He explained DagangHalal intends to increase the number of organizations authorized to use HVE to increase to ten thousand in the next 2 yrs from 260 companies at present.
From its launch dates on Dec 11, 2013, HVE is now accessible by organizations in a variety of sectors such as resort, fast-food businesses and international halal accreditation bodies.
DagangHalal invested close to RM3.5 million to develop the database application.
There are 73 international halal bodies that are recognised by Jakim, about 57 of them are non-government halal bodies and the rest are halal bodies of government agencies.
From the total, 26 international halal certification bodies have consented to supply the listing of materials that they have certified to Halal Verified Engine (HVE) to further assist for the applicants to obtain halal certification for the ingredients that they normally use.
Pursuing the arrangement, the 26 halal certification bodies can publish the halal certificates and information on the ingredients that they have licensed or certified as halal to the search engine manually by putting information for each ingredient or for more ingredients in a single operation.
To access Halal Verified Engine (HVE), users must sign-up at its site, www.halalverified.com/User/Sign-up
Elaborating on the contribution of the Halal Verified Engine (HVE) for the country’s halal industry, Mohamed Hazli mentioned the halal certification process can be made easier which will provide additional help to the exports of local halal products and goods.
He stated the whole process of analyzing the authenticity of halal certifications was the main cause of the lengthy accreditation process, particularly when the applicants wish to alter the name of product, type of product and the validity date which would have expired.
With the Halal Verified Engine (HVE), certain problems associated with the manual system can be avoided because it has safety measures like Quick Response Code (QR Code) to avoid forgery particularly by international certification agencies, he explained.
In addition to that the facility will also ensure that the halal certificate that have been downloaded is clear and can be understood by Jakim, in contrast to those obtained on your own, which could be destroyed if delivered via mail and facsimile and may be lost during the delivery process.
Halal Verified Engine (HVE) also makes sure that the certificates for halal validity which are nearing the expiry date can only be seen and not downloaded to prevent forgery of the certificates, he added.