Halal Conformity Assessment means the process of demonstrating that specified sharia requirements relating to a product, process, or service are fulfilled. Conformity assessment activities include testing, measurements, inspection, and certification. The Halal Conformity Assessment 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. 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 (TBT).
IHAF’s role is to strengthen the halal conformity assessment infrastructure within a country, by use of an effective halal accreditation system, in addition to the harmonization of conformity assessment procedures through the use of international conformity assessment standard. 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.