Overview on Halal Standardization Activities at PSQCA
Created on June 24, 2016
In-charge of Halal Division: Yasmin Khanam
(Assistant Director/Secretary to the Halal National Standards committee & Halal Technical committees)
Standardization at PSQCA
PSQCA, under Ministry of Science & Technology, has been governed under the PSQCA Act No. VI of 1996, whereby developing Pakistan Standards as per mandate given in sub section (xvi) of section 8 of the act i.e. framing, publishing, amending, revising or withdrawal of Pakistan Standards in relation to any article, product, process as well as in accordance with Pakistan standard rules 2008.
To carry out the purposes of the Act, it advises the government on standardization policies, programs & activities to promote standards and conformity assessment as means of improving national economy by facilitating businesses to increase export, fostering harmony among other countries to increase bilateral trade, promoting industrial efficiency by bringing excellence in entire business chain ensuring health & safety of the public, protecting consumers, facilitating industries in ease of doing business, and furthering international co-operation in relation to standards & conformity assessment.
Brief History of Halal Standards at PSQCA
Halal standards development activities have been started since 1996 under Agriculture and Food Division of PSQCA with a limited range but when the scope of Halal standardization extended as well as unified platform of Islamic countries came up as OIC/SMIIC organization for Halal standardization the work load increased then the competent authority via Notification No.5(23)/PSQCA/HG/2013(224) dated June 24 2016 established Halal Standardization Division as distinct division to work on several other dimensions of standardization with Halal food sector like Halal pharmaceuticals, traditional & alternatives medicines for health, Halal cosmetics & personal care products, Halal leather products, Halal tourism & hospitality services as well as other services & processes at Standards Development Centre of PSQCA.
Halal Division has established several standards so far because capturing Halal market is not possible without establishing Pakistan standards that are aimed to help both producers and supervising organizations (i.e. Halal certification bodies, accreditation body) to ensure traceability of Halal throughout the product/process chain to facilitate cross-border trade to gain confidence of the Muslims around the globe.
SCOPE OF HALAL DIVISION
To initiate, develop and promote standards on Halal as a means of advancing the national economy, promoting industrial efficiency and development, protecting the consumers (specifically Muslims), facilitating domestic trade, import export and furthering international/regional co-operation and co- ordination in relation to standards and conformity assessment to ensure the integrity of Halal. Being National standards body of Pakistan PSQCA is the “Participatory (P)” member of OIC/SMIIC that embraces about 57 Muslim states under one umbrella.
- National Standards committee on Halal was formulated for the activities relating to articles, products and processes, as deemed necessary.
- Halal Division shall establish, adopt, and revise the National Standards to cater the national needs and to fulfill the requirements of regional and international trade.
- Deals with all kinds of technical matters / queries in the area of Halal.
- Efforts made to reduce the barriers to trade complying with WTO/TBT policies.
- Participation in formulation of OIC/SMIIC draft standards on Halal.
- Conducting awareness/training sessions.
NATIONAL STANDARDS COMMITTEE & TECHNICAL COMMITTEES ON HALAL
The formulation/adoption/revision of standards is being carried out through duly constituted “National Standards Committee” and “Technical Committees” comprise of expert representatives from relevant public and private sector for development of consensus-based standards to safe guard the national interest & public tendencies keeping in view the concepts of quality, safety, health and environment as basic parameters for the sustainable advancement.
Scope of National Standards Committee on Halal(NSCH)
To endorse the activities of technical committees like standards formulation, adoption & adaptation, recommend technical regulations, provide guideline to technical committees, appoint Chairpersons of Technical committees & its members etc.
Chairperson of NSCH: Dr. Jawed Aziz Awan
Members: 30 (approx.)
Halal Technical Committee (TC) under National Standards Committee
- TC1 for Halal Foods
- TC2 for Conformity Assessment Standards on Halal
- TC3 for Halal pharmaceuticals, traditional & alternatives medicines for health
- TC4 for Halal Cosmetics and Personal care products
- TC5 for Muslim friendly Tourism and related services
- TC6 for Halal supply chain and services site issues
- TC7 for Halal Additives
- TC8 Halal Management system
- TC9 on Packaging & Contact materials for Halal
- TC10 on Animal Welfare and Feed
- TC11 on Fundamentals and vocabulary for Halal
- TC12 for Editing & Urdu translation
NOTE 1: Above committees also act as Mirror Committees for working of OIC/SMIIC draft standards and other relevant documents.
NOTE 2: Other TCs may also be established as and when required.
Established/Revised Pakistan Standards on Halal
- PS:3733-2022 (R)
OIC/SMIIC 1: 2019 – Second Edition, (Modified adoption)
Pakistan Standard – General Requirements for Halal Food
- PS:4992-2022 (R)
OIC/SMIIC 2: 2019 –Second Edition, (Modified adoption)
Pakistan Standard – Conformity Assessment – Requirements for Bodies Providing Halal Certification
- PS OIC/SMIIC 3: 2021,(Direct adoption)
(OIC/SMIIC 3: 2019 – Second Edition)
Pakistan Standard – Conformity Assessment – Requirements for Halal Accreditation Bodies Accrediting Halal Conformity Assessment Bodies
- PS OIC/SMIIC 9: 2022,(Direct adoption)
(OIC/SMIIC 9: 2019 First Edition)
Pakistan Standard – Halal Tourism Services – General Requirements
- PS OIC/SMIIC 17-1: 2022,(Direct adoption)
(OIC/SMIIC 17-1: 2020 First Edition)
Pakistan Standard – Halal Supply Chain Management System – Part 1: Transportation – General Requirements
- PS OIC/SMIIC 17-2: 2022,(Direct adoption)
(OIC/SMIIC 17-2: 2020 First Edition)
Pakistan Standard – Halal Supply Chain Management System – Part 2: Warehousing – General Requirements
- PS OIC/SMIIC 17-3: 2022,(Direct adoption)
(OIC/SMIIC 17-3: 2020 First Edition)
Pakistan Standard – Halal Supply Chain Management System – Part 3: Retailing – General Requirements
- PS OIC/SMIIC 18: 2022,(Direct adoption)
(OIC/SMIIC 18: 2021- First Edition)
Pakistan Standard – Halal Quality Management System – Requirements
- PS OIC/SMIIC 24: 2022,(Direct adoption)
(OIC/SMIIC 24: 2020 First Edition)
Pakistan Standard – General Requirements for Food Additives and Other Added Chemicals to Halal Food
- PS: 5442-2021
Pakistan Standard – General Requirements for Halal Pharmaceuticals and Health Care Products
- PS: 5319-2014
Pakistan Standard – General Guidelines for Halal Cosmetics and Personal Care Products
- PS: 5400-2017
Pakistan Standard – Guidelines for the exchange of information between countries on rejections of imported food
- PS: 5401-2017
Pakistan Standard – Principles for food import and export inspection and certification
- PS: 5420-2018
Pakistan Standard – Guidelines for Settling Disputes over Analytical (Test) Results
- PS: 5547-2021
Pakistan Standard – Traceability in the Product Chain – General Principles and Basic Requirements for System Design and Implementation
- PS: 5545-2021
Pakistan standard for Halal Tourism services – General Requirements
Future Work Plan
- Draft Pakistan Standard-Conformity Assessment – Example of a Certification Scheme for Halal Products
- Draft Pakistan Standard Conformity Assessment – General Requirements of Proficiency Testing for Halal Purposes
- Draft Pakistan standard-Principles for the use of sampling and testing in international Halal food trade.
- Draft Pakistan Standard-Basic requirements for Halal Meat supplier at small shops.
- Draft Pakistan Standard- Basic requirements for Halal Poultry meat supplier at small shops.
- Draft Pakistan Standard- Labeling of Halal Prepackaged foods.
- Guidelines for the design and implementation of national Halal regulatory system.
- Draft Pakistan standard safety assurance program associated with the use of veterinary drugs in food producing animals.
- Draft Pakistan standard principles and guidelines for national food control systems.
- Model Import and Export Certificate for Halal meat and meat Products.