It has been concluded, on the first panel regarding the theme “ Halal standardisation and certification/accreditation” hosted on the first day of international fair of halal industry Sarajevo Halal Fair (SHF) 2018, which was opened today in Sarajevo , that the unification of halal standardization is necessary in order of halal principles to be successfully implemented.

The participants of the panel “ Halal standardization and certification/accreditation” have spoken about what the halal standards actually are, the process of converting halal standardization and the significance of halal certificate, and the focus of panel was on the unification of halal standardization.

The moderator of the panel, Amir Sakić, the director of Media Centre of ICBiH (the Islamic Community of BiH) and former director of the Agency for certification of halal quality in BiH.

The panelist, imam Osman ef. Kozlić, had pointed out that the term halal came from the foundation of religious studying.

“ Deciding what is halal, and what is not, is only to be done by a specialized institution. It is not to be decided by an individual and therefore, for the Islamic Community, the existence of such a body as the Agency for certification of halal quality in BiH, which was established in 2007, is very important” , pointed out ef. Kozlić.

The president of Halal Academy of Malaysia, YBhg Dato Suhbi Dzuyddin, had spoken about the importance of education in halal ecosystem.

“ In order of halal stamp to represent the trust in the quality of the product, it is the one element of education of those who run businesses in terms of halal industry, that is very important. Moreover, it is important that we have standardised school programs about halal in all the Islamic countries” , said Suhbi Dzyuddin.

Ihsan ÖVÜT, the secretary general of the Institute for standards and measurements of Islamic countries (SMIIC), said that every country should have similar systems of standardisation.

“ Standards are not national documents, rather they should serve the humanity. We should be aware of that when setting standard, because the unified standardisation represents the precondition for a quality global halal industry” said ÖVÜT.

BiH and Malaysia are the members of SMIIC Institute, the organisation which plays the key role in the standardisation of halal stamp.

“ We have started the certification process in Malaysia in 1974, and soon we unified the Malaysian standard” , said Mohd Asri bin Abdullah, the director of the office for Islamic development of Malaysia.

Biljana Baljaj, the senior associate in the Institute for standardisation of BiH, had pointed out that our country is positioned as the gate for trading of halal products and has become the regional centre for halal products.

The presentation about how to take advantage of the potentials of halal industry was held by the senior expert for operative jobs of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Zafarjon Khotamov.

“ The system of accreditation will lead to unification of standards or the market will collapse” , pointed out Damir Alihodžić, the director of the Agency for certification of halal quality in BiH.

SHF 2018 is organised by Bosna Bank International (BBI) in corporation with the Islamic Community of BiH and Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) , and has gathered participants from more than 40 countries, and around 100 exhibitors from all over the world.

During the three-day-long Sarajevo Halal Fair (SHF) 2018., the meetings between regional producers of halal products and halal service providers from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Macedonia and Albania and major accounts and distributers from European Union, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Malaysia, Bahrain, Libya, United Arab Emirates will be held.