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UAE: Dubai claims to provide assurance on ‘halal’ certification

International Laboratory and Accreditation Centre to be up and running in Q1 2014

The UAE (representeed by ESMA) was appointed Chair of the technical committee for Halal food and cosmetics standards set up by the OIC during a recent meeting in Turkey.

The UAE (representeed by ESMA) was appointed Chair of the technical committee for Halal food and cosmetics standards set up by the OIC during a recent meeting in Turkey.

By Eudore R Chand Emirates 24/7

Dubai aims to become the world centre for ‘halal’ products, according to the members of the newly set up Higher Committee for the development of the Islamic Economy Sector.

An International Laboratory to test halal products and International Accreditation Centre for Halal Products will be set up in Dubai by the first quarter of 2014, according to Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director General of the Dubai Municipality and Member of the Higher Committee for the development of the Islamic Economy Sector.

He pointed out that halal food market alone is worth some Dh685 billion, while the halal products market is estimated at a whopping Dh2.7 trillion.

According to the strategic plan, Dubai aims to become the global authority for certification of halal products within a three-year time frame.

Halal products are easily available in Islamic countries, but the same is not true for millions of Muslims living in non-Islamic countries, pointed out Eisa Kazim Governor the Dubai International Financial Centre and spokesperson for the Higher Committee for the development of the Islamic Economy Sector.

They also do not have full assurance on the claim of ‘halal’ on products not knowing how the certification was awarded, he said.

The Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology (Esma) is also planning to issue guidelines for halal certification bodies in the UAE before the end of the year.

Mohammad Saleh Badri, director-general of ESMA said earlier:

“It will be compulsory for those who want to be a halal certification body,” he said.

After the guidelines are issued, the certification bodies will be monitored and, if found compliant with standards, accredited. ESMA is also working on producing a unified stamp or mark for halal products entering the UAE that can also be introduced to the GCC, Badri said.

“It’s a mark that will show that the product has gone through a standard certification process,” he said.

The International Laboratory and the global Accreditation Centre in Dubai will have a standard global certification that will be trusted by Muslims anywhere in the world, Eisa Kazim told Emirates 24|7.

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