Accreditations & recognization

Halal certification body

A Halal certification body is an organization that certifies the compliance of services or standard products with specific reference Halal. To guarantee the homogeneity of behavior and the credibility of the certification, the certification bodies must operate according to the indications of specific standards, however, nowadays hundreds of Halal certification bodies are known of which, most of which do not own the basic requisites required for the issue of a valid and recognized Halal certification.

In order to verify the conduct of the certification bodies, there are control bodies that verify that the work of the aforementioned results in compliance with the reference Halal standards, accredits the certification body and supervises its work overtime.

WHA HALAL in the world

The accreditation of the Halal certification bodies is a formal declaration, which attests that the specific certification body is competent to certify Halal products or services, in particular for international exportation. Mutual recognition agreements exist between the various certification bodies and the various accreditation bodies, to ensure the recognition and validity of the certifications issued, generally in different countries, through various accreditations.


This is the fundamental reason why a certification body with a large number of accreditations provides guarantees in favor of the value and international character of the Halal Certificate issued by the same. In conclusion, the reliability of the Halal certification body directly reflects the value of the product and / or service and the legitimacy of the export of the latter throughout the world. However this value is not intrinsic but strictly established by the accreditations recognized to the certification body.

Accreditations and awards of the World Halal Authority (WHA)

MUI – Indonesia

It is the semi-governmental accreditation body of Indonesia. The Halal certification system and the Halal guarantee system offered and produced by MUI are fully recognized and adopted by certifying bodies abroad. For Italy, since May 2017, WHA has obtained from MUI the exclusive recognition as the only accredited Italian Halal Certification Body.

JAKIM – Malesia

It is the Islamic Development Department of Malaysia, which ascertains and accredits global certifying bodies, through protocols designed to guarantee a procedure in full compliance with the rules of the Koran. WHA has received accreditation from JAKIM, a recognition that consolidates the international and exclusive nature of the Halal Certificate issued by WHA and that opens up to its users greater borders for exporting Made in Italy.

GAC – Paesi del Golfo

It is the Halal accreditation authority of the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC: Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait and, in addition, the Republic of Yemen) created to facilitate trade, support industry and the national economy, as well as to apply procedures and compliance standards in the Member States. WHA is in continuous collaboration with GAC, demonstrating the guarantee of internationality of the Halal certificate issued by WHA.

MFDS – Corea del Sud

It is the Ministry of Health and Food Safety of South Korea and is responsible for regulating the food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic sector in South Korea, and has recognized WHA as an accredited Halal certification body.

MUIS – Singapore

It is the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore, founded as a state body in 1968, it is the body responsible for implementing policies and operational plans related to the Halal theme as well as promoting religious, social, educational, economic and cultural activities in compliance of the principles and traditions of Islam. WHA received accreditation from MUIS, a further guarantee in favor of the international nature of the Halal Certificate issued by WHA.

ESMA – Emirati Arabi

It is the national Halal accreditation authority of the United Arab Emirates which has the responsibility to draft, issue and adopt regulations relating to products that relate to: health, safety and the environment in compliance with Islamic laws. Since 2014 ESMA has imposed, through a decree that came into force in 2016, the Halal certification (necessarily issued by a certification body accredited by ESMA) of all the products imported by the Arab Emirates. Reason for which the accreditation of WHA by ESMA represents an added value for exporting companies in the aforementioned country.

Ministry of Commerce and Textiles of Pakistan

It is the governing body that is responsible for the registration, monitoring and verification of all commercial entities in the country. It also deals with ensuring the regulation of Halal products and the accreditation of certification bodies. WHA, as a certification body, has received accreditation as an additional international assurance of the Halal Certificate issued by WHA.

Mutual recognition


It is a Halal certification body of the Philippines. Thanks to the mutual recognition between PHILIPPINE HALAL and WHA, the Halal certification issued by WHA, allows Italian companies, which aim to export Halal products, to reach even the Philippines.


It is a religious organization established by the Islamic Committee of Thailand (CICOT) with the aim of ensuring that the development and certification of Halal food standards comply with the provisions of the Islamic religion and correspond to international standards. WHA, thanks to the accreditation obtained by CICOT, is also mutually recognized by the Halal Standard Institute oh Thailand.


It is a global leader in Halal science and technology based in Thailand, and uses Halal science as a tool for developing human resources in various fields with the aim of increasing social and economic development. WHA, thanks to the accreditation obtained by CICOT, is also mutually recognized by the Halal Science Center Chulalongkorn University.


It stems from the objective of satisfying the growing demand for international Halal customers, quality, safety and sustainability. HALALFOODS has set itself the goal of being the iconic global Halal

brand that excels in innovation, research and development of innovative product solutions, thus guaranteeing consumers Halal, not only Halal but also healthy food products. Thanks to mutual recognition with the HALALFOODS authority, WHA guarantees a certificate also recognized in Brunei.

CICOT – Thailandia

It is the Islamic Committee of Thailand, it is a non-profit organization that establishes the national standard requirements for Halal certification as well as the requirements for the accreditation of Halal certification bodies. WHA, thanks to the accreditation obtained by CICOT, provides for the release of Halal certifications that guarantee marketing in Thailand.

GIMDES – Turchia

It is the leading Halal certification body in Turkey, founded in 2005 to cover the need of both consumers and producers to ensure food, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, etc., compliant with Islamic Shariah on the Turkish market. Since January 2018, WHA has been operating under a reciprocal recognition with GIMDES, which guarantees the certificates issued by WHA an additional added value for the benefit of Halal consumers and certified companies.

International collaborations and membership


(Halal Industry Development Corporation) It is an initiative of the Malaysian government to ensure the integrated and global development of the national Halal industry. HDC focuses on the development of Halal standards and the commercial development of Halal products and services.


It is an international association of Halal organizations, conceived by JAKIM, which works for the harmonization of Halal certification, the

promotion of Halal certification among the members of the association in the framework of mutual recognition agreements. Furthermore, it will encourage global cooperation among members, provide training to certification bodies to increase their development and help increase market access.


It is an application that allows consumers to make an informed decision when they purchase Halal products or when they are looking for a Halal restaurant (such as a restaurant). Consumers can ensure, at any time, the Halal status of a product or service through a simple search on the Verify Halal portal. WHA, as partner of the aforementioned, shares WHA certified products on the Verify Halal platform.


The World Halal Food Council is born from the union of different Halal organizations in the world with the common goal of safeguarding the implementation of Sharia schemes, keeping the organization united and strong, as well as achieving a unique and global Halal standard.