Seeking a halal certified supplement manufacturer? When you work with us, we take the difficulty out of the equation by manufacturing your supplements for you and maintaining compliance. With our large supply chain and multiple facilities across the United States, we have the ability to handle large and complex orders.
What Is Halal Certification?
In Arabic, the word halal, also spelled as halaal, means permissible. Halal certification indicates that a production process and any ingredients are approved by Islamic consumption laws. There are several agencies around the globe that provide certification.
Halal practices are outlined by a uniform set of principles, which means that certification from any recognized and approved agency is acceptable for marketing. In the United States, the Islamic Services of America is one of the main authorities for Halal certification. It partners with a large number of companies that produce both non-consumable and consumable products.
What Does Halal Certification Cover?
Although most people have only heard of halal certification for foods, it spans many other products. If you are planning on manufacturing topical or consumable supplements to a market that includes people who observe Islamic laws, this certification is important. In addition to foods and beverages, these are some things that the certification covers:
- Flavoring and coloring agents
- Beauty products
- Mineral products
- Food and vitamin supplements
- Oils and cooking agents
- Production processes
Halal Certification Limitations
Today, a common concern with many American-based supplement sellers is ingredient quality. If you are planning on selling a non-GMO supplement, it is important to specify that as well. According to Islamic law scholars, GMO foods are acceptable to use if they are in alignment with the set of religious laws. Fortunately, our large supply chain gives us access to nearly any ingredient that is produced in compliance with this certification as well. If you have questions about other certifications that you want to use in addition to Halal, we will be happy to help.
How Does Halal Certification Work?
It can take several months to gain certification. A company’s preparedness and capacity often determine how long certification will take. If there are issues, the process takes longer. These are the main steps that manufacturers can expect.
Inquiry and Application
After a company submits an inquiry to a regulating agency, the agency sends out information and an application. On the application, a company must provide its contact information, location and other details. Supplemental information is also required for the agency to determine if the products and processes may be compliant. These are some examples of information that must be submitted:
- Product lists
- Full ingredient lists
- Supplier information
- Production flowcharts
Agreement and Certification Outline
Once the information is received, the agency reviews it. If the facility has any disqualifying factors, the agency will notify the petitioning company. An agreement is drafted if the application is accepted. The petitioning manufacturer receives a compliance overview and an outline of what to expect during the rest of the process. If the manufacturer agrees to the terms and signs the contract, the process continues with the next steps.
Review and Analysis
At this point, the agency conducts a more in-depth review. These are some of the steps that take place:
- Ingredient analysis
- Supplier analysis
- Production analysis
If the agency requires clarification about ingredients or suppliers, it will contact the petitioning company. During this phase of the process, the agency ensures that ingredients are permissible. It also verifies statuses of any listed suppliers.
Audit Checklist and Inspection
Before the facility inspection, the petitioning company receives a pre-audit checklist. This will help ensure that everything is ready for inspection. The checklist is returned to the agency before the inspection date arrives. When the audit is conducted, a representative from the certifying agency visits to ensure compliance in all outlined areas. The audit may take several hours.
Invoices and Certification
Once the audit is complete, invoices are sent that reflect the following:
- Product reviews
- Product certifications
- Facility certifications
Certifying agencies may conduct inspections of facilities when they deem necessary. The frequency of visits may depend on several factors, which can include:
- Customer complaints
- Product rejections
- Initial auditor’s recommendations
Re-certification is an annual process. To maintain certification, a qualifying company must submit an annual form and pay a certification fee. If the company passes subsequent halal audits and submits its documentation and fee payment on time, renewal is granted for another year.
How Certifying Agencies Handle Problems
Certification may be revoked if a company has significant compliance failures during an audit. These are some potential grounds for revocation of a certificate:
Major sanitation issues
Multiple rejections or compliance issues
Haram is an Arabic word that means prohibited. If an ingredient is haram, it specifically goes against religious laws. For example, any product that contains pork or pork byproducts is considered haram in Islamic law.
To avoid any compliance issues with regulating agencies, our manufacturing facilities have strict policies in place to maintain agreeable GMPs. Additionally, employees who work on production lines for this certification are thoroughly trained to uphold the highest compliance standards.
Why Halal Certification Is Important
Like other religious certifications, this mark shows customers that their purchase was prepared with high standards. These benefits speak to customers who are not part of the religion as well. Here are some other important benefits to consider:
- Halal certification assures customers of proper hygienic and preparatory steps.
- Halal certification helps expand your potential market.
- Halal certification can give you the ability to grow your brand and market it in other countries.
If you are planning on having a supplement manufactured in the United States and exported to a country with a population that is predominantly Muslim, it is important to have this certification. In addition to appealing to customers, it may make the exportation process easier to some countries.
Why Choose Us As Your Halal Certified Supplement Manufacturer?
We have experience with this certification and know the requirements, and we provide both packaging and supplement production under Halal rules. Our company can help you manufacture topical and consumable supplements. These are some advantages of working with us:
- You have an account executive who is dedicated to your needs.
- Our support team and customer service policies are superior.
- We offer access to 95% of packaging choices and delivery forms for supplements.
- Our facility teams can also handle your formulation, flavoring, research, development and other needs.
Our company has helped supplement merchants of all sizes, and our client list includes several well-known Fortune 500 companies. If you need additional documentation about safety, ingredients and testing, we can supply it for you. Please call us today to discuss your Halal supplement manufacturing needs