MSC Application Information
Additional Requirements for Halal

OIC/SMIIC 1 General Guidelines on Halal Food

Muslims commonly use two terms to describe every subject as Halal or Haram. Halal is an Arabic word which means permitted, lawful with respect to which no restriction exists, and the doing and consuming of which the Lawgiver, Allah has allowed. The term halal may be used for foods which are considered lawful. Under the Islamic Law, all sources of food are lawful except the following sources, including their products and derivatives which are considered unlawful:

Haram means the opposite-unlawful or forbidden that the Lawgiver absolutely prohibited; anyone who engages in it is liable to incur the punishment of Allah in the Hereafter as well as a legal punishment in this world.

Halal and Haram are universal terms that apply to all facets of life. Halal Food Quality Management System certificate is issued for the following sectors :

Meat and meat products
Milk and milk products
Eggs and egg products
Cereals and cereal products
Vegetable and animal oils and fats
Fruit and vegetables and their products
Sugar and confectionery products
Soft drinks (soft drinks)
Honey and honey products
Dietary supplements
Genetically modified foods (GDG)
Food additives
Packaging materials
Food service and buildings
Fish and fish products

Foods containing ingredients such as gelatin, enzymes, emulsifiers, etc. are often referred to as Mashbooh, (which means doubtful or questionable) because the origin of these ingredients are not known. Many of the foods are considered Halal except the following, which are Haram without doubt.

  • Pigs and boars.
  • Dogs, snakes and monkeys.
  • Carnivorous animals with claws and fangs such as lions, tigers, bears and other similar animals.
  • Birds of prey with claws such as eagles, vultures, and other similar birds.
  • Pests such as rats, centipedes, scorpions and other similar animals.
  • Animals forbidden to be killed in Islam i.e., ants, bees and woodpecker birds.
  • Animals which are considered repulsive generally like lice, flies, maggots and other similar animals.
  • Animals that live both on land and in water such as frogs, crocodiles and other similar animals.
  • Mules and domestic donkeys.
  • All poisonous and hazardous aquatic animals.
  • Any other animals not slaughtered according to Islamic Law.
  • Blood.
  • Intoxicating and hazardous plants except where the toxin or hazard can be eliminated during processing.
  • Alcoholic drinks.
  • All forms of intoxicating and hazardous drinks.

Halal food is the food including drinks, which is allowed to be consumed according to Islamic rules and that comply with the requirements mentioned in OIC/SMIIC 1 : 2011 standard. This standard defines the basic requirements that shall be followed at any stage of food chain including, receiving, preparation, processing, sorting, determination, packaging, labelling, marking, controlling, handling, transportation, distribution, storage and service of halal food and its products based on Islamic rules.

Halal Certification

Competent Auditors : Staffed by quality assurance professionals with backgrounds in manufacturing and service industries, distribution, engineering, information technology, transportation, and scientific and regulatory fields, our principal Auditors have a minimum of five years of auditing experience, carry STAREGISTER auditor credentials, participate in STAREGISTER's continuing education programs, and have been qualified for consistent interpretation and assessment of numerous international ISO standards such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001, AS 9100, ISO/IEC 17025, OHSAS 18001, HACCP standards and regulations. 

STAREGISTER's Auditors are selected for their integrity, professionalism, and respect for their clients. They are not on a "witch-hunt"; their job is to conduct a comprehensive and objective third-party audit, to add value to your operation by assessing the conformance of your quality management system to your stated objectives and to the ISO 9001 standard. 

Our goal is to help demystify the registration process, making it a positive and rewarding experience for your business. With that in mind, we offer the following advantages: 

Absolute Neutrality: Our audits are based on real-world knowledge of current standards, not on theoretical or preconceived notions about them. Unlike some ISO registrars who tend to take an adversarial position, we believe that you are best served by our understanding of your particular processes and systems, and by our objectivity in determining your level of compliance to ISO 9001. 

A Respect for Your Commitment: We know that achieving ISO 9000 certification requires considerable effort and commitment on your part, and that your ultimate goal is to meet the demands of your customers with improved quality of your products and services. We believe this is a worthy goal and one that deserves our respect. 

Extensive Business Experience: Our auditors have considerable experience in a wide range of industries. You will be matched with auditor(s) who are knowledgeable about your type of business. Keep in mind that, as a STAREGISTER client, you have the final word in selecting the auditor who performs your quality system registration audit. 

Open Communication: We work closely with our clients to make sure you understand what is expected during every phase of the assessment process. Friendly STAREGISTER staff is available to assist you. 

24-Hour Response: Our auditors and office staff are electronically linked for fast response to client inquiries. Our normal turnaround on quotes, questions, or interpretations is one business day; that's if our experienced office staff doesn't have the answer immediately!