The Halal Accreditation Authority (“Authority”) enacted two of the three recently announced regulations. The Regulation on the Accreditation of Halal Conformity Assessment Entities and the Regulation on the Procedures and Principles of the Practice of the Advisory Board of the Halal Accreditation Authority were published on the Official Gazette on October 16, 2019.
What Do the Regulations Say?
The food, pharma, tourism, finance, cosmetics, textile and logistics sectors are the primary sectors that must be conscious of halal conformity.
The Regulation on the Accreditation of Halal Conformity Assessment Entities sets the framework for the activities of the Authority, which was established in 2018, for the accreditation of halal conformity assessment entities. As per the regulation, the authority to conduct halal conformity assessments is exclusively given to entities accredited by the Authority. The assessment of halal conformity is described as “a process which demonstrates whether nationally and internationally accepted technical criterion for halal conformity are applied or not to any good, process, service, system, person or entity”. In addition, the procedures and principles that should be followed during the assessment of halal conformity are also specified in the regulation. Per the regulation, goods and services on the market may acquire the halal certificate and utilize the respective halal certified signs on their packaging.
The regulation, prepared with international standards in mind, further states that the principles and procedures regarding halal conformity assessments will determined by the Authority and published on the Authority’s website.
The Regulation on the Procedures and Principles of the Practice of the Advisory Board of the Halal Accreditation Authority determined the formation, duties and meetings of the Authority’s advisory board.
Halal goods producers and sectors that are subject to halal conformity processes should closely monitor the Authority’s actions and developments.