The Secretary-General’s Office of the International Halal Accreditation Forum, IHAF, has initiated the foundation aimed at crystallising the presence of the world’s first Halal international accreditation network, following the instructions from Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. This move is a part of enhancing the status of the country as the Global Capital for Islamic Economy.
IHAF is the first global accreditation entity related to Halal to be based in the UAE and is currently finishing the drafting of its by-law that will be deliberated by its General Assembly in November this year. Following the approval, IHAF will augment its multi-lateral agreements with major food and product exporting countries. The ten founding members of IHAF include Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology (Emirates National Accreditation System), Dubai Municipality (Dubai Accreditation Center), American Association for Laboratory Accreditation, Entidad Nacional de Accreditation (Spain), Pakistan National Accreditation Council, Saudi Accreditation Committee, the National Council for Accreditation Egypt, GCC Accreditation Centre, United Kingdom Accreditation Service, and Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand.
“The rate of growth witnessed in the Halal market shows that by 2030, it can be the biggest industry in the world. However, although Halal standards and processes are based on the universal principles and teachings of Islam, the Halal industry is yet to use one universal set of determinants and one all-encompassing mark,” says Mohamed Saleh Badri, Secretary-General of IHAF.
IHAF is an independent, non-government network of accreditation agencies all authorised to enforce Halal standards in their countries and regions. It is empowered by its goal to protect the growing number of Halal consumers, to expedite international trade, and to establish a solid ground for the global industry of Halal food and non-food products.