International Halal Expertise for European Operational Excellence

Halal, not always Halal...

As Halal requirements differ across the globe, so do Halal standards or Halal schemes. Knowing which Halal standard or scheme to follow may be crucial for success.

European Halal Certifier Schemes

Halal Certifier selection logo | Halal Balancing™In Europe, in absence of official Halal Authorities, Halal Certifier Bodies develop their own Halal Standards, reflecting their own beliefs and those of their targeted Muslim consumers.

We help companies determine which certifier to use, see also our Halal Certifier Selection Service.

International trade - closed lists -

When exporting outside of Europe, not all European Halal Certifiers as accepted as such by the importing country. Some countries established (closed) lists of approved Halal Certification Bodies - only Halal certificates of these Halal Certifiers are accepted by the importing country.

Halal Certifier selection logo | Halal Balancing™Also in this case, we help companies to to determine which certifier to work with and which country specific Halal requirements will have to be met. See also our Halal Certifier Selection Service.

LPPOM MUI, BPJPH - Indonesia

MUI Halal LogoLPPOM MUI (previous Halal authority)

Until 17.10.2019 LPPOM MUI was the sole Indonesian Halal certification body.

As part of the Halal certification process of Indonesian companies, LPPOM MUI had to screen ingredients for Halal compliance. For non Indonesian companies, Halal certificates were accepted as proof of Halal as long as the Halal Certification Body was approved by LPPOM MUI. Non Indonesian companies certified by such LPPOM MUI approved Halal Certification Bodies were allowed to export their products to Indonesia, to be used as ingredients or to be sold in the foodservice channel.

To sell Halal products directly to the final consumer, the MUI Halal logo must be used. To use the logo, a company had to be directly certified by LPPOM MUI, using the HAS23000 standard as a reference.

As Halal Balancing, we support certification by a LPPOM MUI approved local Halal Certification Body and, if still applicable, the direct certification by LPPOM MUI. We are LPPOM MUI certified as HAS23000 internal trainer and HAS 23000 internal auditor.

Logo of BPJPHBPJPH (new Halal authority)

With the Indonesian Halal law 33/2014, entering in force in 17.10.2019, products imported, distributed and sold as Halal in Indonesia must be mandatory certified Halal, or they will have to be labelled as Haram. This law is not limited to food products but covers cosmetic and pharmaceutical products as well.

Subsequent regulations GR 31/2019, MORA Reg 26/2019 and recently the 'Omnibus bill' (10/2020) futher set out the implementing regulations.

One of big changes under the new system is the creation of an Indonesian government agency (Halal Product Guarantee Agency/Badan Penyelenggara Jaminan Produk Halal : BPJPH) to oversee the entire Halal product assurance system. BPJPH still relies on MUI itself to issue the fatwa's for the certification of Halal products. LPPOM MUI is no longer certifying Halal products, under the new scheme they become a BPJPH approved Halal audit company (LPH).

Halal certification requirements are being implemented progressively, starting with food and beverages before extending into cosmetics, drugs, and other consumer goods, and services related to these goods (MORA reg 464 of 2020 concerning the types of products that must be Halal certified).

Non Indonesian companies, certified by BPJPH approved Halal Certification Bodies, must have their Halal certified products registered by BPJPH before being allowed to export to Indonesia.

Halal Certification Body approval by BPJPH itself also includes a goverment-to-government MOU.

There is a five-year grace period for the implementation for Halal certification of Halal food and beverages ending on 17 October 2024.

As Logo of Halal Balancing™ we have been following these evolutions closeby and are capable of supporting companies in getting direct BPJPH certification in much the same way as under the previous LPPOM MUI scheme.

We can also assist companies using local Halal Certification Bodies that are formally BPJPH recognised (G-t-G MOU & BPJPH recognition itself) to register their Halal certified products with BPJPH.

Halal Balancing is a certified Halal Supervisor to support the required Halal Assurance System requirements.

ESMA - UAE / GSO / SMICC

Logo of ESMAEntering in force in 2017, the new UAE Halal scheme changed the way Halal Certification Bodies were accredited and how companies are audited. New in these standards is the two-stage audit, comprising both Halal and Food Safety.

Based on the ISO 17021-17065 series, more attention has been given to Certifier impartiality (only auditing) and overall documented competency.

We are EIAC-trained for this scheme and hence support and assist companies in getting certified according to this new scheme.

Logo of SMICCLogo of GSOAs GSO (Standardisation Authority of the Gulf States) and SMICC (Standardisation Authority of the OIC countries) follow similar standards, we also support these schemes, for which we are trained by EAIC, the Emirates International Accreditation Centre.


UAE.S 2055-1:2015: Halal products - Part 1: General Requirements for Halal Food

UAE.S 2055-2:2016: Halal products - Part 2: General Requirements for Halal Certification Bodies

UAE.S 2055-4:2014: Halal Products - Part 4: Requirements for Cosmetics and Personal care

UAE.S 993:2015: Animal Slaughtering Requirements According to Islamic Rules

OIC-SMICC-1 : Halal Food Production



Jakim - Malaysia

Logo of JakimMalaysia always has been on the front of the development of Halal standards and has a formalised Halal Certification Procedure and an official Halal Authority (JAKIM).

Logo of Halal Balancing™ has a long lasting experience of preparing companies for either direct or indirect certification.

For slaughterhouses or meat producers, direct certification by JAKIM (and the veterinary department DVS) is a requirement for export to Malaysia.

For most other products, certification by a local Jakim approved Halal Certifier is sufficient (indirect certification), but also 'direct' certification by JAKIM, allowing producers to carry the Jakim logo, is an option.

We support all schemes (direct and indirect; meat and non-meat), including application follow up. We're also a Jakim Halal Board Professional certified Halal Executive.