KUALA LUMPUR, May 4 (Bernama) — The global halal
standard modules, which will pave the way for harmonisation of the
global halal industry, will be ready for public comments by end of this
International Halal Integrity Alliance (IHI) chief executive
officer Darhim Hashim said there are 10 modules under the halal
standard which also represented eight particular sectors.
“We managed to complete five modules and expect the remaining
modules to be completed by end of this year for public comments,” he
said during a parallel session at the Fourth World Halal Forum (WHF)
2009 here today.
The five completed modules, which will be unveiled for public
comments at the forum are logistics, animal slaughter for poultry,
animal slaughter for bovine and ovine, animal welfare, and food
To achieve this, IHI Alliance held meetings with national standard
bodies from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and Organisation of
Islamic Conference (OIC) countries, leading industry players and
subject matter experts in the field of Syariah and science, Darhim said.
IHI Alliance, under the wings of the Islamic Chamber of Commerce
and Industry (ICCI), has been given the task of developing the global
WHF chairman Sheikh Saleh Abdullah Kamel said for the global halal
standard to be benchmarked against international standards, IHI must
seek the best expertise available and the strongest leadership in terms
of impact, even if they are not Muslim organisations.
He said while forming the standards marked the easier part, the
implementation could be slightly difficult as they needed to ensure the
structure was correct and robust enough to withstand the pressure and
Sheikh Saleh, who is also ICCI president, said the structure
developed by IHI Alliance is similar to that practised in other
international standards and it leveraged on the existing infrastructure
of the various national chambers of commerce in the OIC countries.
“This way, the programme can be rolled out more quickly and effectively,” he said.