Halal certification is a requirement of Muslim importing countries and some importers in other countries.
HCA is audited by AQIS, DAWR, JAKIM, GAC (regulated by ESMA and GSO), SFDA (regulated SASO) and DQS (regulated by JAS-ANZ) on a regular basis.
HCA does not take any royalty on processed products it certifies. The certification fee paid is not dependent on quantity, quality or number of products.
Halal certification is responsible for one dollar in every three earned from export and is directly responsible for the employment of over 400,000 non-Muslim Australians, both men and women.
Companies enjoy a larger market share due to Halal certification as a quarter of the worlds population is Muslim.
The Halal market continues to grow worldwide.
To use the term Halal, a product must be Halal certified according to Codex Alimentarius Commission.
Certification is driven by manufacturers looking for new niche markets in Australia and overseas.
Halal certification of processed food does not require any changes or rituals. Only products that qualify are certified.
Muslims have certain dietary requirements that must be fulfilled by certification.
HALAL CERTIFICATION PROCEDURE
1. Complete the Expressions of Interest page and obtain an information kit.
8. The Auditors shall submit a report of the visit with recommendations to the Halal Certification Panel.
2. If the applicant has any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.
9. The Halal Certification Panel shall study the report carefully and may make further recommendations, ask for changes or further inspections.
3. When the applicant completes the product information and supporting documentation, each supplier’s ingredient information is examined.
10. When the Halal Certification Panel is satisfied that the applicant conforms to Islamic rites, an Agreement shall be entered in to.
11. Upon receipt of a signed Agreement and paid fees, Halal certification is given for qualifying products.
5. Upon acceptance of the Agreement and Fee by the applicant, an appointment is made to inspect the premises while in operation if the ingredients and manufacturing processes are satisfactory.
12. Please Note HCA does NOT certify restaurants or cafes.
6. A Halal Assurance Procedures Manual will be sent to you at this stage
13. Your application shall be denied:
- Should porcine and it’s derivatives be found on the premises;
- If the application is for a cafe or restaurant
- Products and ingredients are not included on the application form
7. The auditors will:
- Inspect the inward storage, preparation, packing and finished goods storage areas.
- Production lines
- Laboratory testing may be required
- Examine all the material in storage.
- Ensure that the machinery is solely for Halal use.
- Ensure no contamination with porcine or non-Halal goods.
- Review documentation requested in the Halal Assurance Procedures Manual
- Discuss the plan with Management.