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A business has its best chance of making the most profit it can make if it targets every available demography or taps into the fastest-growing industry.  With close to 1.9 billion consumers worldwide, the Halal-certified food and products sector is a big, ever-expanding industry. More and more producers are adapting their offerings to include Halal certified items.   Halal certified food and commodities have become a necessity. This tendency is not only due to the large number of Muslim customers, but also due to the increased awareness of risk among consumers as a result of globalisation. Thus, the improvement in knowledge of risks in the global economy has demand for Halal market. 

To appeal to this demographic, you may need to enter the Halal-certified business. We are frequently told to first understand the concepts of Halal and Thoyyib if we want to enter this Halal industry. But what’s the next step when we’ve grasped this notion and are ready to be Halal-certified? How to obtain a Halal certificate or how to have our products certified as Halal?

It might be a long and tiresome procedure, and without good guidance, one may quit up halfway through.

Let’s have a look at how to get Halal certification in Malaysia after you have completed all company registration and obtained all required licenses. Ideally, there are three phases in getting Halal certification in Malaysia. The preparation of the facilities and documentation is the first phase. During this phase, the producer must guarantee that the premises adhere to the Malaysian Ministry of Health’s safety criteria such as the drainage system must function correctly, and pests must not be allowed to enter. The next step is to guarantee that personnel involve have these documents, which include a copy of their identity card or passport, a copy of their food handler certificate, and a copy of their current typhoid vaccination. Depending on the size of the premise, you may need at least one or two Malaysian and Muslim employees are necessary for Halal certification. 

The producer should next gather all of the raw ingredients used, as well as any supporting papers, such as the supplier, manufacturer, country of origin, Halal certificate if applicable, expiration date, and any other information required by application procedure. It’s critical to keep track of this record and raw material list because missing even one supporting document might cause your application to be delayed.

Then, according to Malaysia Halal Management System 2020 (MHMS 2020), micro and small company must develop Internal Halal Committee System (IHCS), medium and large company must develop Halal Assurance System (HAS). This is related to developing Standard Operating Procedure of all process in making sure premise operation is according to company’s Halal policy and standards. This action is then followed by compiling all of the papers into a single file. If there are any modifications, the Halal file must be updated on a regular basis. The audit officer will request this Halal file each time they perform an audit on the premises.

The application is the next step. You may now enter all of the documents you produced before into JAKIM’s MYeHALAL account. Finally, in the third phase once application is approved and applicant received Halal certificate, manufacturers must assure ongoing implementation and compliance to Halal operation, which includes maintaining and completing all standards while avoiding any non-conformance actions. If you can meet all these criteria, maintaining and obtaining a Halal certification is not as difficult as it may appear.

Issue may arise, if you don’t have a good Halal assurance system and Halal file management, your Halal application would be rather complicated. For example, acquiring a Halal certificate for a cosmetics or pharmaceutical products may necessitate additional paperwork and steps since there are various other standards to meet when seeking for Halal certification for a product scheme, such as Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). 

As a result, businesses seeking Halal certification should consider working with Halal-certified trainers or consultants as business partners who can help them focus on end-to-end solutions and incorporate Halal criteria as they begin and establish their Halal journey. JAKIM recognises Serunai Halal Centre of Excellence as one of the established consultants. To begin your Halal journey, you can contact our Halal certification and standards experts. Visit https://serunai.com/Halal-coe/ for more information.

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