Accreditations and Recognitions of the World Halal Authority (WHA)

The accreditations are important as they confer to the Halal certificate international value and guarantee to open up for companies new and grater export borders.

The Accreditations Bodies check and ensure that the work and the activities of certification bodies are in compliance with the reference Halal standards. The Accreditation of Halal certification bodies is a formal declaration certifying that a specific certification body is competent to certify Halal products or services, in particular for International export.

Mutual recognition agreements exist between the various certification bodies and the various accreditations bodies to ensure, recognition and validity of the issued certificates in most countries, through various accreditations.

This is the reason why a Certification body with a high number of accreditations provides guarantees for the value and International character of its issued Halal Certificate.

MUI: (Majelis Ulama Indonesia) is the semi-government accreditation body of Indonesia.

The Halal certification system and the Halal guarantee system offered and implemented by MUI are fully recognized and adapted by Certification Bodies abroad.

For Italy, since May 2017, WHA has obtained the exclusive recognition from MUI as the only Italian Accredited Halal Certification Body.

JAKIM:  is the Islamic Development Department of Malaysia, which ascertains and accredits the global Certification Bodies, through protocols aimed at guaranteeing a procedure in full compliance with the Holy Quran rules.

WHA has received the JAKIM accreditation, which is a recognition that consolidates the international and exclusive character of the Halal certificate issued by WHA and then opens up more borders for its clients for the export of Made in Italy.

gccGAC: is the Halal Accreditation Authority of the Countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC, i.e. United Arab of Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait and, in addition, the Republic of Yemen), created to facilitate trade, to support the national industry and economy in the Member States as well as to implement compliance procedures and standards in the Member States.

WHA is in continuous collaboration with GAC and has obtained their accreditation, demonstrating the guarantee of internationality of the WHA Halal Certificate.

esmaESMA: is the National Halal Accreditation Authority of the United Arab Emirates which is responsible for drafting, issuing, and adopting rules relating to products that concern: health, safety and environment in accordance with Islamic laws.

Since 2014 ESMA has imposed, through a decree that entered into force in 2016, the Halal certification (necessarily issued by a certification body accredited by ESMA) of all products imported from the United Arab Emirates.

Reason why ESMA’s accreditation of WHA has represents an added value for exporting companies in the aforementioned country.

muisMUIS: is the Islamic religious Council of Singapore, founded as a state organ in 1968; is the Body responsible for implementation of policies and operational plans inherent to the Halal theme, as well as for the promotion of religious, social, educational, economic and cultural activities in respect of the principles and traditions of Islam.

WHA has received the accreditation from MUIS, as a further guarantee of the International character of WHA Halal certificate.

mfdsMFDS: It is the Ministry of Health and Food Safety of South Korea and is responsible for regulating the food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic sector in South Korea, and has recognized WHA as an Accredited Halal Certification Body.


Ministero del Commercio e del Tessile del Pakistan: is the governing body which is responsible for the registration, monitoring and verification of all commercial Entities in the Country.

It also deals with ensuring the regulation of Halal products and the accreditation of certification bodies.
WHA, as a certification body, has received accreditation as an additional International assurance of the Halal certificate issued by WHA.

Mutual Recognition

brunei_halalBRUNEI HALAL FOOD: It was born with the aim of satisfying the growing demand of Halal quality, safety and sustainability request for Halal international customers.

Halal food has set itself the goal of being the iconic global Halal brand that excels in innovation, research and development of innovative product solutions, thus guaranteeing Halal consumers not only the Halal but also healthy and safety food products.

Thanks to mutual recognition with the Halal FOOD Authority, WHA guarantees its certificate also recognized in Brunei.

HalalThailandCICOT: is the Islamic Committee of Thailand.
It is a non-profit organization that establishes the national standard requirements for Halal certification, as well as the requirements for the accreditation of Halal certification bodies.

WHA thanks to the accreditation obtained from CICOT, provides and issues the Halal certifications that guarantee the marketing in Thailand.

gimdesGIMDES: is the leading Halal certification body in Turkey, founded in 2005 to cover the need of both consumers and producers, to ensure on the Turkish market food products, cosmetics, pharmaceutical products, etc., that comply with Islamic Sharia.

WHA since January 2018, operates under mutual recognition with GIMDES, which guarantees additional added value to Halal certificates issued by WHA for the benefit of Halal consumers and all certified companies.

PHILIPPINES HALAL: is a Halal certification body of the Philippines.

Thanks to the mutual recognition between Philippines Halal and WHA, the Halal certification issued by WHA, allows Italian companies which aim to export Halal products to reach the Philippines as well.

HALAL STANDARD INSTITUTE OF THAILAND: is a religious organization established by the Islamic Committee of Thailand (CICOT), with the aim of ensuring that the development and certification of Halal food standards comply with the provisions of the Islamic religion and correspond to the international standards.

WHA, thanks to the accreditation obtained from CICOT, WHA is also mutually recognized by Halal Standard Institute of Thailand.

THE HALAL SCIENCE CENTER CHULALONGKORN UNIVERSITY: It is a global leader in Halal science and technology based in Thailand, and uses Halal science as a tool for the development of human resources in various fields with the aim of increasing social and economic development.

WHA, thanks to the accreditation obtained from CICOT, is also mutually recognized by the HALAL SCIENCE CENTRE CHULALONGKORN UNIVERSITY.

International Collaborations and Membership

HDC: (Halal Industry Development Corporation) is an initiative by the Malaysian government to ensure the integrated and global development of the national Halal industry.

HDC focuses on the development of Halal standards and the commercial development of Halal products and services.

IHAB-300x218IHAB: is an international association of Halal organizations, created by JAKIM, which works for the harmonization of Halal certification, the promotion of Halal certification among the members of the association in the context of mutual recognition agreements.

In addition, encourages global cooperation between members, provides training to certification bodies to increase their development and help increase market access.

VERIFY HALAL: is an application that allows consumers to make an informed decision when purchasing Halal products or when looking for a Halal venue (such as a restaurant).

Consumers can check -at any time-, the Halal status of a product or service through a simple search on a Verify Halal portal.

WHA, as a partner of the aforementioned, shares the WHA certified products on the Verify Halal platform.

WHFC: It was born from the union of several Halal organizations around the world, with the common goal of safeguarding the implementation of Islamic Sharia schemes, keeping the organization united and strong, as well as achieving a unique and global Halal standard.