Exec: Halal standards launched in May

THE NATIONAL government will launch in May the national halal standards scheme (NHSS) where the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) would handle the accreditation of the certification bodies.

Marilou W. Ampuan, chair of the halal committee of the Philippine Tourism Congress, said yesterday in the weekly Kapehan sa Dabaw at SM City Davao-Annex that the scheme would be launched in time for the holding of the Halal Conference on May 2 to 3 at the Marco Polo Davao.

The Philippine Accreditation Bureau of DTI will implement the scheme, which includes the guidelines to accredit the certification bodies, inspection bodies and testing and calibration laboratories.

“With the implementation of NHSS, we expected that the halal industry will finally take off,” Ampuan said, adding that it is high time to bolster the industry and tap the $2.3 trillion halal market.

DTI said in a statement that the NHSS is aimed to improve “the halal certification and accreditation standards as an important segment of the halal industry.” This arose following the passage of Philippine Halal Export and Development Act in 2016.

The law’s implementing rules and regulations were also signed last year.

“Our country is now also a member of the international halal accreditation forum, which gives us an opportunity to make our certification to be recognized worldwide,” Ampuan said.

Meanwhile, Ampuan said the certification bodies that were accredited by National Commission on Muslim Filipinos can still certify the establishments until next year. Once it expires, they have to be accredited by the DTI.

Among those halal-certification bodies include Islamic Dawah Council of the Philippines, Halal Development Institute of the Philippines, Mindanao Halal Authority, Muslim Mindanao Halal Certification Board, Halal International Chamber of Commerce and Prime Asia.

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