Institutions from a number of countries from Spain to Kosovo and from Russia to Croatia have applied to Turkey’s Halal Accreditation Agency (HAK) for accreditation, promotion and training, HAK General Secretary Hasan Sagkol said.
HAK is the only competent authority for certifying and accrediting halal products and services in Turkey.
In a statement to Anadolu Agency (AA) Sagkol emphasized that the agency will hold a workshop with all parties in relevant industries participating to determine principles and procedures regarding supervision of halal products and services, one of the important components of accreditation services, Sagkol said. “We will start accreditation activities this year following the formation of HAK’s board of directors and the publication of secondary legislation whose technical studies have been completed to a large extent,” Sagkol stated.
According to Sagkol, the terms of reference that will form the basis of co-evaluation and mutual recognition systems among accreditation agencies of member countries of the Organisation Islamic Cooperation (OIC) were accepted by the Accreditation Council of the Standards and Metrology Institute for the Islamic Countries (SMIIC) last year. The terms of reference should be approved by the SMIIC Board of Directors, scheduled to convene in Istanbul on April 8-9.