How to be a Member

REQUIREMENTS

An accreditation body interested in becoming a member of IHAF needs to submit a set of documents including a filled and signed application for membership. (To download the application and list of needed documents, click on the link below…).

Requirements for Full Member:

Membership Application

 

Memorandum of Understanding:

Proof of legal recognition

1. Submission of legality and government recognition evidence and documentation

Memorandum of Understanding:

Proof of Halal infrastructure

1. Submission of evidence of a functioning Halal infrastructure (i.e. standard body, testing laboratories, certification bodies, accreditation body, surveillance authority)

Passing the evaluation process or audit

 

Fee Payment

Waived for first 3 years of IHAF (UAE-sponsored)

PROCEDURE

The International Halal Accreditation Forum (IHAF) is a independent, non-government network of accreditation agencies all mandated to enforce Halal standards in their countries and regions. It has been established with the aim of unifying and harmonizing Halal standards and practices on global level to comply with islamic principles Shariah (principle) and develop and maintain Halal Multi-Lateral Recognition Arrangements (HRA) among IHAF member accreditation bodies that results in removing the technical barriers in Halal products and services, and facilitate international Halal trade, and ultimately protect the growing number of Halal consumers.

This document provides the procedure for being a member in IHAF in any of the three membership categories set by IHAF; along with making reference to needed application forms. It was prepared by IHAF General Secretary and initially endorsed for publication by IHAF Secretary General in 2016. This effective date for application of this document is the date of its publication on IHAF website.

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The International Halal Accreditation Forum (IHAF) is an independent, non-government network of accreditation agencies all mandated to enforce Halal standards in their countries and regions.

IHAF is the world’s first Halal international accreditation network. It has been established with the aim of unifying and harmonizing Halal standards and practices on global level to comply with Islamic principles Shariah (principle) and develop and maintain arrangements for Halal Multi-Lateral Recognitions among IHAF accreditation bodies’ members that results in removing the technical barriers in Halal products and services, and facilitate international Halal trade, and ultimately protect the growing number of Halal consumers.

Empowered by its aim to protect the growing number of Halal consumers and to facilitate international halal trade, IHAF establishes a solid ground for the global industry of Halal food and non-food products.

IHAF is anchored on the belief that greater cooperation among regional and international organizations is key in creating a Halal industry that is strong, stable, reliable and responsive to the needs of consumers and businesses across the world.

IHAF is also aiming in assisting needy members in building their conformity assessment infrastructure in cooperation with other regional and international bodies.

At the IHAF first General Assembly meeting that took place on 6th of November 2016 in Dubai; the number of constituent members has been registered to 21 AB members that consist of A2LA, ACCREDIA, ANSI, CAMERA, CSA, DAC, EGAC, ENAS, FAMBRAS, GAC, JAS, JAS-ANZ, ENAC, EMA, NABCB, NAH, NSC, PAB, PNAC, SAC, and UKAS

2.1 IHAF membership is regulated in Article 11, Article 12, Article 13, Article 14, Article 15, Article 16, Article 17 and Article 18 in the Bylaw.

2.2 As per Article 6 of IHAF Bylaw, this policy is endorsed by IHAF General Assembly.

2.3 IHAF General Assembly is responsible for endorsing Members’ acceptance in IHAF.

3.1 IHAF membership is open to all governmental and nongovernmental entities that work in the field of Halal accreditation and as specified in Article 11 in the bylaw.

3.2 Full and Participating Membership is open for Accreditation bodies only.

3.3 Affiliation Membership is open for:

  • – Regional Groups of Accreditation Bodies.
  • – Relevant parties that have objectives similar to, and compatible with IHAF. These parties could consist of Associations of Laboratories and Inspection Entities, Sharia and Regulatory Authorities, Consumer Associations, Trade Organizations and Standardization Bodies.
  • – National coordinating bodies that handles the management of accreditation activities in some countries.
  • – Regional cooperation bodies in accreditation field that consists of accreditation bodies representing at least four States with the condition that one of its members holds recognition from IHAF.

4.1 Every Member shall designate a representative to receive notices and other information on behalf of the member, and shall provide necessary contact information to IHAF Secretary for electronic communications.

4.2 Membership categories are defined in Article 12 of the bylaw.

4.3 Any entity willing to be a member in IHAF shall submit the Membership Application to IHAF Secretary along with all requested documents and as specified in the application:

  • – Application for Joining IHAF Multi-Lateral Recognition Arrangement (HRA); IHAF/HRA Application-F02:2016, available on IHAF website
    www.ihaf.org.ae.
  • – Application for IHAF Participation Membership; IHAF/PM Application-F01:2016, available on IHAF website
    www.ihaf.org.ae.
  • – Application for IHAF Affiliation Membership for Accreditation Bodies and Regional Groups; IHAF/AM Application-F03: 2016, available on IHAF website
    www.ihaf.org.ae.
  • – Application for IHAF Affiliation Membership for Interested Parties; IHAF/AM Application-F04:2016, available on IHAF website
    www.ihaf.org.ae.

4.4 Applicant shall be formally informed about accepting/rejecting its application.

4.5 IHAF Secretary shall review the application and the submitted documents as per procedure IHAF/PR 03:2016

4.6 Applied entities for full or participation membership shall be admitted to IHAF membership by 70% vote of Full Members.

4.7 Applicants for full membership shall comply with the requirements in Halal Mutual Recognition Arrangement (HRA) and shall pass the peer evaluation of IHAF before being accepted as full members.

4.8 Membership shall be renewed automatically on the same category unless the member informed IHAF of its willingness to change its membership type, or in cases of Termination, Withdrawal or Suspension.

4.9 Provisions for Termination, Cancelation, Withdrawal and Suspension of membership shall be implemented as defined in the bylaw.

4.10 Fees will be implemented as defined in the Membership Fees Policy (IHAF/PY 02:2016) endorsed by General Assembly.

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APPLICATION FORM

REQUIREMENTS

An accreditation body interested in becoming a member of IHAF needs to submit a set of documents including a filled and signed application for membership. (To download the application and list of needed documents, click on the link below…).

Requirements for Associate Member

Membership Application

 

Memorandum of Understanding:

Proof of legal recognition

1. Submission of legality and government recognition evidence and documentation

Memorandum of Understanding:

Proof of Halal infrastructure

1. Submission of evidence of a functioning Halal infrastructure (i.e. standard body, testing laboratories, certification bodies, accreditation body, surveillance authority)

 

Passing the evaluation process or audit

Fee Payment

Waived for first 3 years of IHAF (UAE-sponsored)

PROCEDURE

The International Halal Accreditation Forum (IHAF) is a independent, non-government network of accreditation agencies all mandated to enforce Halal standards in their countries and regions. It has been established with the aim of unifying and harmonizing Halal standards and practices on global level to comply with islamic principles Shariah (principle) and develop and maintain Halal Multi-Lateral Recognition Arrangements (HRA) among IHAF member accreditation bodies that results in removing the technical barriers in Halal products and services, and facilitate international Halal trade, and ultimately protect the growing number of Halal consumers.

This document provides the procedure for being a member in IHAF in any of the three membership categories set by IHAF; along with making reference to needed application forms. It was prepared by IHAF General Secretary and initially endorsed for publication by IHAF Secretary General in 2016. This effective date for application of this document is the date of its publication on IHAF website.

STEPS

The International Halal Accreditation Forum (IHAF) is an independent, non-government network of accreditation agencies all mandated to enforce Halal standards in their countries and regions.

IHAF is the world’s first Halal international accreditation network. It has been established with the aim of unifying and harmonizing Halal standards and practices on global level to comply with Islamic principles Shariah (principle) and develop and maintain arrangements for Halal Multi-Lateral Recognitions among IHAF accreditation bodies’ members that results in removing the technical barriers in Halal products and services, and facilitate international Halal trade, and ultimately protect the growing number of Halal consumers.

Empowered by its aim to protect the growing number of Halal consumers and to facilitate international halal trade, IHAF establishes a solid ground for the global industry of Halal food and non-food products.

IHAF is anchored on the belief that greater cooperation among regional and international organizations is key in creating a Halal industry that is strong, stable, reliable and responsive to the needs of consumers and businesses across the world.

IHAF is also aiming in assisting needy members in building their conformity assessment infrastructure in cooperation with other regional and international bodies.

At the IHAF first General Assembly meeting that took place on 6th of November 2016 in Dubai; the number of constituent members has been registered to 21 AB members that consist of A2LA, ACCREDIA, ANSI, CAMERA, CSA, DAC, EGAC, ENAS, FAMBRAS, GAC, JAS, JAS-ANZ, ENAC, EMA, NABCB, NAH, NSC, PAB, PNAC, SAC, and UKAS

2.1 IHAF membership is regulated in Article 11, Article 12, Article 13, Article 14, Article 15, Article 16, Article 17 and Article 18 in the Bylaw.

2.2 As per Article 6 of IHAF Bylaw, this policy is endorsed by IHAF General Assembly.

2.3 IHAF General Assembly is responsible for endorsing Members’ acceptance in IHAF.

3.1 IHAF membership is open to all governmental and nongovernmental entities that work in the field of Halal accreditation and as specified in Article 11 in the bylaw.

3.2 Full and Participating Membership is open for Accreditation bodies only.

3.3 Affiliation Membership is open for:

  • – Regional Groups of Accreditation Bodies.
  • – Relevant parties that have objectives similar to, and compatible with IHAF. These parties could consist of Associations of Laboratories and Inspection Entities, Sharia and Regulatory Authorities, Consumer Associations, Trade Organizations and Standardization Bodies.
  • – National coordinating bodies that handles the management of accreditation activities in some countries.
  • – Regional cooperation bodies in accreditation field that consists of accreditation bodies representing at least four States with the condition that one of its members holds recognition from IHAF.

4.1 Every Member shall designate a representative to receive notices and other information on behalf of the member, and shall provide necessary contact information to IHAF Secretary for electronic communications.

4.2 Membership categories are defined in Article 12 of the bylaw.

4.3 Any entity willing to be a member in IHAF shall submit the Membership Application to IHAF Secretary along with all requested documents and as specified in the application:

  • – Application for Joining IHAF Multi-Lateral Recognition Arrangement (HRA); IHAF/HRA Application-F02:2016, available on IHAF website
    www.ihaf.org.ae.
  • – Application for IHAF Participation Membership; IHAF/PM Application-F01:2016, available on IHAF website
    www.ihaf.org.ae.
  • – Application for IHAF Affiliation Membership for Accreditation Bodies and Regional Groups; IHAF/AM Application-F03: 2016, available on IHAF website
    www.ihaf.org.ae.
  • – Application for IHAF Affiliation Membership for Interested Parties; IHAF/AM Application-F04:2016, available on IHAF website
    www.ihaf.org.ae.

4.4 Applicant shall be formally informed about accepting/rejecting its application.

4.5 IHAF Secretary shall review the application and the submitted documents as per procedure IHAF/PR 03:2016

4.6 Applied entities for full or participation membership shall be admitted to IHAF membership by 70% vote of Full Members.

4.7 Applicants for full membership shall comply with the requirements in Halal Mutual Recognition Arrangement (HRA) and shall pass the peer evaluation of IHAF before being accepted as full members.

4.8 Membership shall be renewed automatically on the same category unless the member informed IHAF of its willingness to change its membership type, or in cases of Termination, Withdrawal or Suspension.

4.9 Provisions for Termination, Cancelation, Withdrawal and Suspension of membership shall be implemented as defined in the bylaw.

4.10 Fees will be implemented as defined in the Membership Fees Policy (IHAF/PY 02:2016) endorsed by General Assembly.

DOWNLOAD

APPLICATION FORM

REQUIREMENTS

An accreditation body interested in becoming a member of IHAF needs to submit a set of documents including a filled and signed application for membership. (To download the application and list of needed documents, click on the link below…).

Requirements for Affiliate Members

Membership Application

 

Memorandum of Understanding:

Proof of legal recognition

1. Submission of legality and government recognition evidence and documentation

Memorandum of Understanding:

Proof of Halal infrastructure

1. Submission of evidence of a functioning Halal infrastructure (i.e. standard body, testing laboratories, certification bodies, accreditation body, surveillance authority)

 

Passing the evaluation process or audit

  

Fee Payment

Waived for first 3 years of IHAF (UAE-sponsored)

PROCEDURE

The International Halal Accreditation Forum (IHAF) is a independent, non-government network of accreditation agencies all mandated to enforce Halal standards in their countries and regions. It has been established with the aim of unifying and harmonizing Halal standards and practices on global level to comply with islamic principles Shariah (principle) and develop and maintain Halal Multi-Lateral Recognition Arrangements (HRA) among IHAF member accreditation bodies that results in removing the technical barriers in Halal products and services, and facilitate international Halal trade, and ultimately protect the growing number of Halal consumers.

This document provides the procedure for being a member in IHAF in any of the three membership categories set by IHAF; along with making reference to needed application forms. It was prepared by IHAF General Secretary and initially endorsed for publication by IHAF Secretary General in 2016. This effective date for application of this document is the date of its publication on IHAF website.

STEPS

The International Halal Accreditation Forum (IHAF) is an independent, non-government network of accreditation agencies all mandated to enforce Halal standards in their countries and regions.

IHAF is the world’s first Halal international accreditation network. It has been established with the aim of unifying and harmonizing Halal standards and practices on global level to comply with Islamic principles Shariah (principle) and develop and maintain arrangements for Halal Multi-Lateral Recognitions among IHAF accreditation bodies’ members that results in removing the technical barriers in Halal products and services, and facilitate international Halal trade, and ultimately protect the growing number of Halal consumers.

Empowered by its aim to protect the growing number of Halal consumers and to facilitate international halal trade, IHAF establishes a solid ground for the global industry of Halal food and non-food products.

IHAF is anchored on the belief that greater cooperation among regional and international organizations is key in creating a Halal industry that is strong, stable, reliable and responsive to the needs of consumers and businesses across the world.

IHAF is also aiming in assisting needy members in building their conformity assessment infrastructure in cooperation with other regional and international bodies.

At the IHAF first General Assembly meeting that took place on 6th of November 2016 in Dubai; the number of constituent members has been registered to 21 AB members that consist of A2LA, ACCREDIA, ANSI, CAMERA, CSA, DAC, EGAC, ENAS, FAMBRAS, GAC, JAS, JAS-ANZ, ENAC, EMA, NABCB, NAH, NSC, PAB, PNAC, SAC, and UKAS

2.1 IHAF membership is regulated in Article 11, Article 12, Article 13, Article 14, Article 15, Article 16, Article 17 and Article 18 in the Bylaw.

2.2 As per Article 6 of IHAF Bylaw, this policy is endorsed by IHAF General Assembly.

2.3 IHAF General Assembly is responsible for endorsing Members’ acceptance in IHAF.

3.1 IHAF membership is open to all governmental and nongovernmental entities that work in the field of Halal accreditation and as specified in Article 11 in the bylaw.

3.2 Full and Participating Membership is open for Accreditation bodies only.

3.3 Affiliation Membership is open for:

  • – Regional Groups of Accreditation Bodies.
  • – Relevant parties that have objectives similar to, and compatible with IHAF. These parties could consist of Associations of Laboratories and Inspection Entities, Sharia and Regulatory Authorities, Consumer Associations, Trade Organizations and Standardization Bodies.
  • – National coordinating bodies that handles the management of accreditation activities in some countries.
  • – Regional cooperation bodies in accreditation field that consists of accreditation bodies representing at least four States with the condition that one of its members holds recognition from IHAF.

4.1 Every Member shall designate a representative to receive notices and other information on behalf of the member, and shall provide necessary contact information to IHAF Secretary for electronic communications.

4.2 Membership categories are defined in Article 12 of the bylaw.

4.3 Any entity willing to be a member in IHAF shall submit the Membership Application to IHAF Secretary along with all requested documents and as specified in the application:

  • – Application for Joining IHAF Multi-Lateral Recognition Arrangement (HRA); IHAF/HRA Application-F02:2016, available on IHAF website
    www.ihaf.org.ae.
  • – Application for IHAF Participation Membership; IHAF/PM Application-F01:2016, available on IHAF website
    www.ihaf.org.ae.
  • – Application for IHAF Affiliation Membership for Accreditation Bodies and Regional Groups; IHAF/AM Application-F03: 2016, available on IHAF website
    www.ihaf.org.ae.
  • – Application for IHAF Affiliation Membership for Interested Parties; IHAF/AM Application-F04:2016, available on IHAF website
    www.ihaf.org.ae.

4.4 Applicant shall be formally informed about accepting/rejecting its application.

4.5 IHAF Secretary shall review the application and the submitted documents as per procedure IHAF/PR 03:2016

4.6 Applied entities for full or participation membership shall be admitted to IHAF membership by 70% vote of Full Members.

4.7 Applicants for full membership shall comply with the requirements in Halal Mutual Recognition Arrangement (HRA) and shall pass the peer evaluation of IHAF before being accepted as full members.

4.8 Membership shall be renewed automatically on the same category unless the member informed IHAF of its willingness to change its membership type, or in cases of Termination, Withdrawal or Suspension.

4.9 Provisions for Termination, Cancelation, Withdrawal and Suspension of membership shall be implemented as defined in the bylaw.

4.10 Fees will be implemented as defined in the Membership Fees Policy (IHAF/PY 02:2016) endorsed by General Assembly.

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APPLICATION FORM

International, regional and national organizations that are bound to be affected by the work of IHAF one way or another.

Include bodies such as:
• Associations of Halal testing laboratories
• Associations of Halal laboratory practitioners
• Halal inspection body associations
• Purchasing organizations
• Halal regulatory authorities
• Consumer associations
• Trade organizations

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Accreditation agencies issue formal recognition to the conformity assessment bodies for their competency and impartiality in the field of Halal.

The Purpose and Benefits for every IHAF member vary per category. The summary is as follows:

MEMBERSHIP

Full Member Associate Member Affiliate Member
1. Voting rights      
2. Privilege to suggest, review and amend criteria      
3. Facilitation of trade Full Partial Partial
4. Obtain assistance to develop infrastructure N/A (existing)    
5. Access to documents and reports    
7. Use of the IHAF logo    

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