The European Halal Development Agency (EHDA) Standard is a modular Whole Supply Chain Halal Standard. The certification scheme is based on established principles of an Identity Preservation (IP) System. This means that the original source of the product is verified as Halal and this identity is preserved and verified at each stage of the supply chain. Whole supply chain certification is a unique feature of the EHDA Halal Standard and is seen as vital in a modern food processing system where Halal and Haram products may share the same commercial environment. Inevitably this leads to a risk of cross- contamination; the EHDA Halal Standard modules specifically deal with the issue of cross-contamination.
The EHDA Standard has a definitive view of Islamic dietary law, ‘Halal’, meaning pure and lawful, and ‘Haram’, meaning forbidden and unlawful. EHDA certified products must therefore meet national food safety legislation as well as Shariah law. It is for this reason that the EHDA Halal Standard encompasses issues of food safety and hygiene (and where applicable, method of slaughter). Smaller businesses that do not operate under any other third party certification can be audited against the full set of requirements of the Standard.
The standard takes into account all the requirements of the Islamic dietary laws as defined in the Food Law Practice Guidance, ‘Annexe 3A Guidance for food law enforcement officers on Halal food issues’ (April 2012):
EHDA Halal Audit: Halal audits are conducted by a team technically competent in auditing against the EHDA Halal Standard requirements. The auditing system also encompasses stages including Gap Analysis.
Gap Analysis: We will conduct a complete analysis of your existing system/operations procedure and this will then be compared with our Halal Standard Operating Procedures (HSOPs). The end result is a Gap analysis report that can guide you to implement HSOPs and in turn achieve EHDA Halal certification.
EHDA’s Technical Team: EHDA’s technical team have knowledge and experience in the following areas: food science and technology, meat science and technology, biotechnology, Halal auditing, ingredients, biochemical analysis, DNA analysis, animal welfare, poultry welfare, microbiology, and pharmaceuticals.
EHDA Shariah Board: EHDA Shariah Board members are qualified prominent religious scholars from a wide range of schools of thought. They have experience in Islamic jurisprudence (Usul al-Fiqh) and Islamic Operation/Trade law (Fiqh al-Mu’amalat). The Shariah Board advises on Shariah issues put before them by the management and the technical team. The board approves the standard, audit systems and the follow up surveillance inspection system.
Certification Audit: A certification audit will inspect your entire production system from receiving the raw material/s to the dispatch of the finished product/s. Implementation of HSPO’s is the key to successfully attaining a EHDA Halal Certificate.
The European Halal Development Agency (EHDA) has prepared a series of Halal Training Programmes to increase understanding on Halal issues and to produce resources for the Halal market.
These training programmes are based on Shariah Law and cover different topics like what foods are Halal and Haram, the concept of Halal, importance of Halal for Muslim consumers, the Halal market, product research and development, Halal certification and internal Halal training.
These training programs are designed for professionals, Muslims/non-Muslims who are associated with the Halal industry, those who wish to join the Halal industry and even those who would like to improve their existing Halal production.
Companies that wish to deliver Halal training to their employees can take advantage of group bookings and training can also be delivered on site. This personalised training programme allows employees to address technical difficulties that they may encounter during the course of their daily work.
As part of the training we can also arrange visits to abattoirs and processing plants to aid understanding and see how others implement the EHDA standard/procedures in the real world.
HALAL PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
Our goal is to build strong working relationships between EHDA & Halal Business Operators; and at the same time create an enhanced understanding on prospects of Halal trade and Halal producers. To accomplish this objective EHDA conducts workshops, seminars and forums.
Our technical team can work on your production formulation and procedures to assist in the development of recipes and formulation which will enable you to compete with other business operators.
EHDA considers it a responsibility to look after the Halal industry in Europe, the Middle East, and rest of the world by equipping our clients with the latest information on Halal market trends. To achieve this objective EHDA started its own professional consultancy service. EHDA’s consultancy service is designed to enhance the Halal operation/s of a business. The objectives of EHDA consultancy are:
- To enhance Halal compliance during daily operations.
- Assistance in developing new Halal business.
- Assistance in developing new Halal products.
- Assistance in conducting/developing internal Halal audits.
- EHDA’s consultants will help you to expand your business to its maximum capacity.