Accreditation is a formal, independent verification that a program or institution meets established quality standards and is competent to carry out specific conformity assessment tasks. Conformity assessment tasks may include, but are not limited to, testing, inspection, or certification.
The 1.8 billion Muslims living in the world show a gradually increasing interest in the certification of halal products and services. In today’s world, the concept of halal is not only limited to food products. The textiles, pharmaceuticals, and cosmetics as well as service sectors such as finance, logistics, and tourism are also within the scope of halal. The fact that the concept of halal encompasses the features of health, hygiene and quality at every stage of the production of the product until it reaches the consumer, is an indication that the awareness in this field will be gaining momentum. In addition to this, it is apparent that a common language between the Muslim countries has not yet been formed in halal certification. This dispersed structure of the halal certification practices lay the foundation for technical barriers to trade. With the acceleration in global halal trade, the existence of the various halal standards and certification schemes pave the way for the formation of technical barriers to trade.
The fundamental duties of the QTAWA are as follows: QTAWA established in 2006 with the aim To Implement and enhance a worldwide integrated Halal market & safeguard of Muslim consumers rights. Our mission is to serve the global demand for Halal accreditation services through excellence in integrity, knowledge and service.
- To provide halal accreditation services to the halal conformity assessment bodies located both in Indonesia and abroad, to determine and apply the criteria and measures related to halal accreditation.
- To represent Indonesia either in regional or international accreditation unions and organizations.
- To conduct international relations in halal accreditation field and to sign bilateral or multilateral mutual recognition agreements.
- To create awareness about halal concept and certification, to conduct researches, trainings, international congresses, conventions and seminars.
It is worth noting that the volume of halal certified trade can be increased by reducing the technical barriers to trade via increasing the effectiveness of OIC/SMIIC Standards, which were prepared with the contributions of OIC member states, and the realization of a harmonized accreditation scheme.