ESMA presents UAE ‘Halal’ experience at GCC Standardisation Week

  • Saturday 19, October 2019 02:33 PM
Sharjah 24: The Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology (ESMA), revealed the strengths of the UAE Halal system, which enabled it to spread reliably worldwide, enabling the state to take the position in leading regional and international efforts in Halal file, and provide advice to raise the technical capabilities of the countries wishing to join the UAE system.
More than 46 countries worldwide have interacted with the UAE Halal system, from North America to Australia, and from Russia to South America. As a milestone compared to its counterparts issued years earlier.

ESMA identified six types of challenges facing the Halal industry globally, and developed solutions in what looks like an “Emirati recipe for success”. Consumer confidence in halal products, in addition to the lack of a system of mutual recognition in halal certificates, and finally increasing number of unreliable halal marks.

This came during the activities of the Gulf Standardisation Week 2019, organised by the GCC Standardisation Organisation, at the headquarters of the General Secretariat of the Gulf Cooperation Council in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, last week, with the participation of more than 20 speakers.

The GCC standardisation agenda was about the role of GCC standardisation bodies, standardisation partners, consumer protection and product control, as well as a review of Gulf experiences in the areas of conformity and trade facilitation.

Abdullah Al Maeeni, ESMA Director General, said that the Authority is a reality of study and research for this file, and given the UAE's leading role regionally and globally. ESMA monitored these challenges and presented them to the largest regional gathering, the Gulf Standardisation Week, as the UAE takes the lead in the Halal industry and is leading regional and international efforts to develop its Halal system.

The UAE has many strengths in Halal file, through the UAE Halal system, which includes a legislative framework, a UAE system for the control of halal products and its components, and a plan to enforce the national system for the control of halal products.

As well as the role of the State in regulating the Halal industry globally, the UAE has become a global icon in this regard, Al Maeeni said.