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.

OIC/SMIIC 2:2019, Conformity Assessment – Requirements for Bodies Providing Halal Certification:

The second edition of this standard was developed by SMIIC Committee on Standards for Conformity Assessment (SMIIC/CCA) and adopted by SMIIC as OIC/SMIIC 2:2019 – Conformity Assessment – Requirements for Bodies Providing Halal Certification.

SMIIC/CCA was established with the BOD Resolution 16/2015 of the 11th SMIIC Board of Directors Meeting which was held on 30 November 2015 in İstanbul, Republic of Turkey. Main objectives of the SMIIC/CCA are the preparation of policies and standards (including guidelines, criteria, technical specifications etc.) for bodies involved in testing, calibration, certification, inspection, accreditation, and other related standards especially halal conformity assessment and accreditation.

This standard is based on sources of Islamic Rules and Laws. In this standard, Islamic Rules and Laws refer to those commonly accepted rules and schools of the Islam, regardless of variations in different countries.

Certification of a halal product or service or process or management system of an organization is one means of providing assurance that the product or service or process or management system in question complies with specified standards and other normative documents and the organization has implemented a system for the management of the relevant aspects of its activities, in line with its policy in conformity with Islamic rules.

This standard specifies requirements for halal certification bodies. Observance of these requirements is intended to ensure that halal certification bodies operate halal product or service or process or management system certification in a competent, consistent and impartial manner, thereby facilitating the recognition of such bodies and the acceptance of their certifications on a national, OIC and international basis. This standard serves as a foundation for facilitating the recognition and acceptance of halal certification in the interests of international trade.

This standard mainly draws on ISO/IEC 17065 with normative references to ISO/IEC 17021-1 and ISO/TS 22003 and aims at defining requirements for halal certification bodies, rules for the execution of halal certification activities at national and international level, and the rules and procedures for the use of certificates and mark granted as a result of halal certification.

For the purposes of this standard, the terms “Management system standard” or “Requirements” found in the relevant clauses of ISO/IEC 17021-1 and herein referred to shall be taken to mean “OIC/SMIIC halal standard or halal requirements” and/or “Management system standard” or “Requirements”.