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.