This FAQ section is designed to provide you with helpful information about Halal certification and our services. Please feel free to browse the questions and answers below to find the information you need. If you have a question that is not answered here, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We would be happy to help!
What is Halal certification?
The prime purpose of Halal certification is to confirm that products are made to Halal requirements, that products and their ingredients are appropriately vetted and monitored to guarantee consumers of the Halal authenticity of products.
Why do I need Halal certification?
As a company, you may want to reach a larger segment of your consumer base or plan to grow that base. In that case, Halal certification is essential.
Many export markets also have Halal entry requirements. To meet those requirements, certification from an authorised Halal agency is mandatory.
What is your fee structure, and how much I will pay?
At HCE, we are mindful of how significant price can be in your quest for Halal certification. Considering the current economic climate, we work hard to provide sensible pricing and excellent service.
We have different pricing structures depending on the extent of work required and the service package you select.
How do I get a Halal Certificate?
Obtaining a Halal certificate is straightforward and easy. You can apply online using our Online Application Form or contact us. From there, we will support you at each step of your certification journey with us.
Which governments/countries have recognised and authorised HCE’s Halal certification?
HCE has received accreditation from numerous international and governmental accrediting authorities, confirming that our Halal certification is internationally accepted.
We are proud to be one of the best accredited Halal certification agencies. And we are approved by international and governmental accrediting authorities, such as; JAKIM (Malaysia), MUI (Indonesia), MUIS (Singapore), GAC (Gulf nations), ESMA (UAE), the World Halal Food Council and many more. You can check the complete list of HCE's accreditation and recognition here.
The various accreditation assures that you are partnering with the best within the Halal industry.
Why is Halal important?
At present, the worldwide awareness for Halal consumers to purchase products labelled as Halal is incredibly high. And Halal consumers need products that serve their religious obligations and comply with Islamic provisions. Halal is an Islamic term that means lawful or permitted.
Halal has become universal, extending its appeal beyond religious rules. Consumers from various beliefs see Halal products as better in quality.
Halal is a stamp of approval, meaning clean, wholesome and superior quality due to stringent checks throughout the production chain. Thus, Halal is beneficial for everyone; consumers and companies alike.
How big is the global Halal market?
In 2019, the global Halal market's value stood at USD 4.90 trillion. According to the State of the Global Islamic Economy Report, the market worth will rise to USD 6.70 trillion in 2024.
What is Haram?
The opposite of Halal is Haram, which means unlawful or prohibited – it refers to anything forbidden according Islamic Law.
The term also encompasses materials that are unlawful for consumption or personal use.
What are the requirements/guidelines for Halal certification?
Companies must show that they can consistently produce and maintain Halal products' integrity and manage any risks posed to the products. Ensuring the products and ingredients are Halal and there is no risk of contamination by Haram.
Once you apply for Halal certification, we will guide you through the Halal certification process.
HCE grants Halal certification to companies that have demonstrated satisfactory compliance with HCE Halal standards.
Does the Halal certification process affect my standard business operations?
At HCE, we take a pragmatic path to the Halal Certification process. Designed with clients in mind, we have built a Halal assurance system that will have the least impact on your regular operations. We can incorporate the Halal requirements into your organisation's existing Quality Management System. And this approach is an ideal fit for most clients.
Alternatively, we offer a bespoke Halal Assurance System (HAS) that lets companies control their Halal system's day-to-day management.
For more information about the HAS, please contact us.
Is whey powder Halal?
Whey powder is formed by drying whey or liquid plasma, which is obtained during the manufacture of cheese. The cheese is made using different enzymes and cultures from different sources. For example, rennet derived from pig will not be Halal.
Whey powder should be Halal certified to ensure that the products are Halal.