Halal certification is big business. According to the Dubai-based International Halal Accreditation Forum (IHAF),
the cost of certifying halal products is set to reach $1 billion by
2025. With demand for certification on the rise as the Islamic economy
expands its offerings, from halal food to pharmaceuticals, cosmetics,
and tourism, there is a need for halal certification bodies (HCBs) to be
enablers of such an expanding market.
However, critics say the dominant HCB model is hindering rather than
advancing the halal ecosystem, being driven by profit rather than
consumer well-being and Islamic ethics, while in certain countries there
are certification monopolies that are driving out competition in the
Scandals have also emerged of certifiers and regulators refusing or delaying certification unless back-handers are paid.
“The majority of HCBs globally are for-profit and privately limited
entities. That is a problem because there isn’t any accountability and
transparency, unlike with, say, a publicly-listed company,” Moulana
Navlakhi, Theological Director of the South African National Halaal
Authority (SANHA), told Salaam Gateway.
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