Dubai Municipality organized a ceremony at its stall in the Gulfood 2017 exhibition to distribute the accreditation certificates to the certification bodies, which oversee the Halal food products world over.
In the presence of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance and Chairman of Dubai Municipality, Eng. Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director General of Dubai Municipality handed over the accreditation certificates to a number of companies, in addition to the first local company in the country in the field of approving Halal products.
Lootah, who is also chairman of Emirates International Accreditation Centre, said that it’s a new start for Halal accreditation as the Centre has now started to provide its services worldwide by specific criteria, including the UAE and the GCC specifications as well as international standards for Halal products.
“This would qualify the accredited products with the credentials to open up new international markets, increasing the Centre's imprint in the world of accreditation of international Halal products and achieving its objectives as well as of Dubai to make it the capital of Islamic economics,” he said.
Amina Ahmed Mohammed, Executive Director of Emirates International Accreditation Centre said the Centre has a specific role in the verification of the efficiency of Halal certification companies and bodies.
“Our experts evaluate the certification bodies in terms of their efficiency in executing Halal certifications, in addition to the need to provide transparency and independence in carrying out their tasks, which include ensuring the Halal products match international as well as local specifications,” she said.
Mohammed also confirmed that the centre is working on expanding the scope of Halal certification service to all countries in the world with a targeted plan to increase the number of Halal certification bodies in the world to 35 by the end of the year, so that the centre achieves the emirate’s vision to be the capital of Islamic economics.
Eng. Alya Al Marzouqi, Head of Accreditation Section and also in charge of the Halal Accreditation project in the Emirates International Accreditation Centre clarified that the strategic plan of the centre is in line with the country’s plans to be one of the best countries in the world by 2021 and the Halal accreditation is inseparable from the safety and quality requirements, whether for food or personal care products.