The question of creating a common standard for international accreditation is an important factor affecting the development of halal products export. Differences in standardization procedures and systems force manufacturers to go through several accreditation procedures while trying to enter new markets. This results in unnecessary financial expenses and wasted time.
This issue was raised by Abdullah Al Maeeni, general director of the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology during his speech at the Moscow Halal Economy Forum 2016. He noted that every country had its own system and standards for halal products' certification. The product requirements could vary significantly, for example, with regard to mechanical slaughter. The UAE government made it its mission to develop a common standard that would be recognized by all countries. It should comprise all requirements to halal products, including those related to production and packaging process.
The UAE representative also mentioned another problem — existence of organizations providing both accreditation and certification services, which should be done by separate institutions. Another controversial issue regards certifying institutions having their own slaughter units. In that case such organizations are not subject to any external control. All this makes the development of a common standard for international accreditation one of the key factors for the trade development at the halal market. The UAE government together with other countries’ state institutions is working actively to find a solution to this problem.