The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is the second largest inter-governmental organization after the United Nations which has the membership of 57 states spread over four continents. The Organization is the collective voice of the Muslim world and ensures to safeguard and protect the interests of the Muslim world in the spirit of promoting international peace and harmony among various peoples of the world. Different institutions exist within the OIC family, such as Islamic Development Bank (IDB), Islamic Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (ICCIA) and Islamic Chamber Research and Information Center (ICRIC). In order to promote and expand Halal culture, Halal World Institute was established in 2007. Halal World Institute is affiliated to Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture which Cooperates with ICRIC and has planned to be active in “Halal food”, “Halal certificate”, “Halal standards”,“Halal regulations”,“Halal Medicine”,“Halal Cosmetics”,“Halal Services”,“Halal Textile”, “Halal Tourism”,“Halal Banking and Insurance”,“Halal Transportation”,“Halal Promotional Activities and “Halal Trade” It helps purchasers to identify Halal products/services and facilitates trading. General information on Halal World Institute is available of www.halalworldinstitute.org. The most important objective of Halal World is the development of Halal culture among Muslims in non-Islamic communities with Muslim minorities. Halal issue is considered both a religious belief and a superior standard. Holy Quran divides foods, beverages, clothing and other products into two groups as Halal and Haram and from the view point of cleanness also treats all products as clean and unclean. Hence the objective of Halal World Institute is preparing the necessary grounds for distinguishing Halal goods and services from non- Halal ones. This objective is realized through setting proper procedures for production control, warehousing, transportation and consumption. To achieve this end, all scientific standards in compliance with Islamic Shariah are employed in order to introduce Halal Standard as a superior standard to the world.
Step-by-Step Halal Certification Process Description
The first step in the certification process is to review the Halal World Institute standards applicable to the intended operation and then to email the completed application form to firstname.lastname@example.org . Halal World Institute will confirm receipt of the application as soon as possible and will send additional information requests or confirmation of application approval generally within 2 calendar days.After reviewing the application, Halal World Institute may request additional necessary information and documents from the client in order to clarify the audit scope. Once Halal World Institute has all the information necessary to define the audit scope, a quote for the auditing services will be provided to the client for review and approval.
When the quote is approved, Halal World Institute will then send an auditing services contract to the client. The contract includes a summary of auditing and administrative fees and estimated extra charges for laboratory tests, sampling, etc. The contract should be signed and returned to Halal World Institute as soon as possible.
Once the contract is received, down payment of the total cost should be Conducted. Before the audit process can proceed, Halal World Institute must receive prepayment according to invoice and contract.
Upon receipt of the signed documents and payment of the retainer invoice, Halal World Institute initiates the audit planning process. Following the audit, the Halal World Institute auditor will prepare the Audit Report detailing the findings and providing a summary of any non-conformities (NCs) identified and submits the report to Halal World Institute.
Upon successful certification, Halal World Institute will provide the client with a Halal identification number, certificate, and applicable certification label, along with the duration of validity of the certificate. Certificates are valid for a period of one year from the date of the certification decision. Certified producers and products are listed on the Halal World Institute website at http://www.halalworldinstitute.org . In cases where certification is denied, a written explanation will be provided.
The total amount of Halal certificate audit and issuance and probable additional charges shall be paid according to the contract by the client just after the decision of the committee, otherwise; certificate cannot be issued.
Halal World Institute provides different services on Halal issues as below:
1- Holding training courses on Halal
2- Conducting research on Halal
3- Holding international conferences and exhibitions on Halal
4- Setting Halal standards and its executive by-laws
5- Cooperation in setting Halal regulations
6- Establishment of private Halal laboratories
7- Issuance of Halal certificates
8- Interaction with International Halal related organizations
9- Interaction with institutes affiliated to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)
Due to the reputation of Halal World Institute and its international Halal certificate, several regional offices have been launched in other countries such as Germany, Turkey, Japan, Korea, Italy etc, in order to correspond to the requests of exporting countries who have the main export volume to Islamic countries. The huge value $ 1.62 trillion of expenditure cost of Muslims on food and lifestyle is indicating the growing market of Halal products which motivated non-Muslim countries to change the production patterns toward Halal. Beside the desiring market which has been made by Halal, the superior quality and healthiness of Halal food has attracted many people, even non-Muslims. Halal World Institute has tried to promote the awareness of non-Muslim communities by collaboration of other Muslim groups and societies and always embraces cooperation applications, whether for cultural movements, or representativeness for Halal certification.