The International Halal Accreditation Forum (IHAF) was established last November, besides UKAS from UK, the Spanish ENAS and the Italian accreditation organization Accredia NAH could be mentioned amongst the European founders.
The MRA (Multilateral Recognition Arrangement) Committee approved the two most important bylaws: the IHAF – MRA-001: IHAF Multi-Lateral Recognition Arrangement (MRA) and the IHAF-MRA-002: IHAF Policies and Procedures for a Multi-Lateral Recognition Arrangement (MRA) among Accreditation Bodies, constituting the basis of the IHAF peer evaluation process.
This accreditation process is a scheme based on the ISO 17065 harmonized standard.
The founders of this international organization - due to the implementation of accreditation -expect the strengthening of confidence in quality and in Halal-based compliance of goods and services, the decrease of the number of fake products and the purification of the market.
During the negotiations, the comments and suggestions of NAH were also accepted which will affect the harmonization and unification of IHAF and IAF / ILAC documents and processes, and later will result in the joint peer evaluation process of these organizations.
The General Assembly accepted the report of the MRA Committee and the Technical Committee and adopted the Financial Regulations of the Organization, which also included the modifications of NAH referring to the creation of the budget and the possibility of its reallocation.
The General Assembly also voted for new members: the Philippine Accreditation Bureau (PAB), the Jamaican National Agency for Accreditation (JANAAC), and the International Accreditation Service (IAS, USA) became full members, whilst the Moroccan Accreditation Service (SEMAC) and the Libyan Accreditation Center (LAC) will take part in the work in the future as associate members.
As affiliate members the Nigeria National Accreditation Services (NINAS), the Accreditation Affairs Section – Public Authority for Industry (KAAS) of Kuwait and the National Centre of Accreditation (NCA, Kazakhstan) will contribute to the work. As observer, one of the most populated Muslim countries, Indonesia was also present during the meetings.
The technical committees and working groups were also set up. Miklós Devecz, the Director-General of the NAH was elected to be the Vice-Chair of the Media and Marketing Committee.
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