Philippines: Halal certification accreditation guidelines OK’d

| 16/12/2011 | 1 Reply

ACCREDITATION GUIDELINES for Halal certification bodies have been approved in a bid to tap the $1.2-trillion global market, the Philippine Exporters Confederation reported in a statement on Friday.

The Philippine Halal Development and Accreditation Board, an attached agency of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF), announced on Friday the new criteria and rules at the Trade department’s Halal Forum.

Under the new accreditation guidelines, Halal certification bodies must fulfill the following:

• must be registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission or any appropriate agency;

• include Halal certification as a specific objective in the body’s constitution and by-laws;

• has at least one Shari’ah expert or a Council of Ulama member active in the body;

• has a Halal laboratory or access to government-recognized Halal facilities; and

• has existing guidelines and procedures on certification of Halal food and nonfood products that complies with the unified Halal Certification Scheme.

Agencies or companies interested to certify Halal merchandise and producers can apply with the NCMF Halal Board Secretariat. Accredited bodies must then pay P30,000 to become a registered certification authority. The license can be renewed annually for P10,000 in the first five years, after which, accreditation need only be renewed every three years.

The government has long expressed interest in transforming the country into a competitive exporter of Halal goods to gain a foothold in the industry which grows by $500 billion yearly.

Efforts to develop the local Halal industry began in 2001 when the secretaries of Trade, Agriculture, Health, Science, and the executive director of the Office on Muslim Affairs (OMA) signed a memorandum of understanding to establish an ad-hoc committee on Halal food.

Eight years later, the government enacted Republic Act 9997 that abolished the OMA and created the NCMF with an encompassing and exclusive power to regulate and develop the Halal industry.

The NCMF is mandated to “promote and develop the Philippine Halal Industry and accredit halal-certifying entities/bodies for the benefit of Muslim Filipinos and in partnership with appropriate agencies, individuals and institutions here and abroad,” the act read under Article II, Section 8.

Eliza J. Diaz BusinessWorldOnline


Category: Asia, Halal Integrity

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  1. Ali Mohammad B. Maruhom says:

    Republic Act 10817 or the Philippine Halal Export Development and Promotion Act signed by former President Benigno S. Aquino aimed to establish a comprehensive program for the development and promotion of halal exports.

    “In fact, it (law) will make our halal products at a better position in the world market because these will be promoted by the DTI (Department of Trade and Industry). If the DTI has promotion activity, it can now include halal products,” said Export Development Council (EDC) deputy executive director Emma Mijares.

    Mijares said the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) has been mandated to accredit halal-certifying entities/bodies.

    “Although they certify, it seems that they don’t promote export of halal. So the new law enables the DTI Export Marketing Bureau to promote exports of products and services. But the certifiers are still the same,” she added.

    Mijares said the draft implementing rules and regulations (IRR) for the law is expected to be issued in September.

    She believes there is a growing halal market, with even the United States and Europe having markets for these products apart from Muslim countries.

    DTI-EMB Director Senen Perlada earlier said the halal trade in the Philippines has great potential for growth.

    A study conducted by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) showed that the global halal market is projected to grow to $1.6 trillion by 2018. (PhilExport)

    Perlada said halal food trade alone contributed $630 billion to this amount.

    Meanwhile, the Philippine Halal Export Development and Promotion Program will be formulated to cover the entire value chain for food, products and services, agricultural production, manufacturing, export and marketing assistance and application of  Halal certification standards

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