Pakistan: ICCBS-KU sets up halal testing laboratory

Pakistan FlagKARACHI: International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), University of Karachi (UoK) has set up a special laboratory at its Industrial Analytical Centre, dedicated to the testing of Halal products (food, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals).

This was stated by Director ICCBS-UoK, Prof.Dr. Muhammad Iqbal Chaudhry, while talking to a delegation of scientists at ICCBS-UoK, says a statement on Sunday.

He said that the objective of the establishment of this laboratory is to provide the industry and the government a platform to assist in fulfilling the role of an authentic halal testing laboratory and a certifying body.

The laboratory is working under experienced and qualified scientists, including Prof. Dr. Muhammad Iqbal Bhanger, Dr. Kamran Azim, Dr. Syed Ghulam Musharraf and Dr. Shakeel Ahmed, he said and added that the ICCBS had strong academic and research strength and conducive environment for working on this front.

“ICCBS is the institution of higher learning, which imparts highest quality research training to its students in frontier fields of science and technology. Centre for Bio-equivalence Studies and Clinical Research (CBSCR) is also one of new research facilities, which is offering for the first time in Pakistan a unique facility of certified reference laboratory that conducts bio-equivalence evaluation and development of generic pharmaceutical products in full compliance with the regulatory authorities in Europe, USA and Japan.

The ICCBS also aims to provide future leaders in the Halal industry arena as well as the required well-trained human capital to cater the needs of the Halal industry in the research, development, innovation and commercialisation of Halal food, pharmaceuticals and consumer products as well as various Shariah-compliant service industries like tourism and hospitality etc.

ICCBS is the only research establishment in the country where the scientists are working day and night on various sciences fronts,” Dr Iqbal Chaudhry said.