Dutch and New Zealand Halal bodies accredited as halal certifier


(Dubai-NewsHalal, Jumada al-ula 21, 1437, March 01, 2016) Halal Feed and Food Inspection Authority (HFFIA) Netherlands and The New Zealand Islamic Development Trust (NZIDT) has been officially being accredited by UAE as a Halal Certifying body during a ceremony at Gulfood, an annual international food exhibition in Dubai.

The New Zealand Islamic Development Trust (NZIDT) is the first organization of the country has been officially unveiled as being accredited by the UAE as a halal certifying body at Gulfood.

While some Halal Certification bodies expressed concern about the highly paid accreditation system, most of the organizations were cautious about the new developments.

Halal Feed and Food Inspection Authority (HFFIA) Netherlands, after having accreditation from UAE standardization body ESMA, received congratulation messages from other Halal Certifying bodies around the world.

The ESMA, Emirates Authority For Standardization and Metrology was established as the sole standardization body in the UAE under the Law No. 28/2001. The board of directors chaired by H.E. Dr. Rashid Ahmed Bin Fahad, the Minister of Environment & Water in the UAE is comprising representatives of the main parties involved in the standardization of the UAE. The board is the dominant affairs and lay down its policy and adopting all the suitable procedures to ensure efficient performance to its assignments.

GCC Accreditation Organization:
The Center was established by a decision of the governments of the six Member States of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf and the republic of Yemen, formalised through the Agreement and approved by the Board of Directors in 08 May 2013.

This Agreement gives the Accreditation Center legal authority to provide specified accreditation services within the territories of all of the Members States in the fields of calibration, measurement, testing, inspection and certification, known generically as conformity assessment.

It is established under the stewardship of the Standardization Organization of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf and is governed by a Board of Directors who exercises regular supervision over the affairs of the Center, and regional committees whose members are drawn from all Member states, including stakeholder bodies.