Halal Conformity Assessment means the process of demonstrating that specified sharia requirements relating to a product, process, or service are fulfilled. Its importance stems from its vital role in providing confidence that the consumed products or services are truly halal, in addition to protecting health, safety and environment, thus reducing barriers to halal international trade. In order for countries to get the ultimate benefit of halal conformity assessment activities and to ensure that these activities are within control and are properly regulated, they must have the necessary framework to respond to Halal requirements as well as other conformity assessment obligations under the terms of the agreement of Technical Barriers to Trade.
Conformity assessment activities include testing, measurements, inspection and certification, these are the major areas required in any country to decide compliance and conformity with the specified requirements. And to strengthen the halal conformity assessment infrastructure within a country, there must be an effective use of halal accreditation, in addition to the harmonization of conformity assessment procedures through the use of international conformity assessment standards.
It Is important to understand that absence of strong halal conformity assessment infrastructure usually resulted in bad impacts on the domestic market which can easily become a dumping ground for unsafe and unhealthy products where it will be impossible for consumers to trust that products and services are halal. Having a strong halal conformity assessment infrastructure is a must to ensure products and services are truly halal, and protect the health and safety of consumers, in addition to facilitating halal trade and overcome the risk of rejection of products in export markets due to lack of conformity with halal requirements.
The main challenges facing conformity assessment practices in any country are limited accreditation capacities, low metrological capabilities and lack of an effective standardization system. These challenges have a significant impact on conformity assessment activities, resulting in the weakness of these activities and their inability to meet specific requirements, consequently resulting in an adverse effect on trade with other countries. Therefore, one of the most important elements of the success of conformity assessment systems is the importance of building a strong and effective system for accreditation covering all the scopes required by the state, building a strong, effective and recognized system for Metrology, establish the legal and institutional framework for quality and for standardization that suits the needs of the country and conforms to the international standards.