Based on the outcome of the General Assembly (GA) Meeting of SMIIC which has been held on 24 May 2016 in conjunction with the 12th Board of Directors (BOD) Meeting of SMIIC, held on 23 May 2016 in Istanbul, Republic of Turkey, Dr. Karbasi, General Director of Islamic Chamber Research and Information Center (ICRIC), had an interview with public relations of Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (ICCIMA) as official Halal Certification Body in Iran.
He pointed out the decisions made in the last OIC stakeholders forum on Halal Food standards and procedures which had been held in Jeddah, kingdom of Saudi Arabia on 9-10 December 2015, based on which SMIIC has been appointed once more to codify the Halal standards and assigned as accreditation body to examine the certification bodies according to the approved Halal standards by all OIC Member states.
He continued that Iran has had active participation in SMIIC standardization committees and obliged himself to comply with approved Halal standards by OIC and SMIIC. Though, Iran is a total Muslim country and all inside regulations have been legislated according to Islamic Shariah, Halal certification control points are being checked according to SMIIC Halal standards.
He stressed that all manufacturing companies and applicants for Halal certificate are being inspected in accordance with the SMIIC and OIC Halal Food General Guidelines. Many efforts have been made by Iran representatives within hard debate meeting in order to succeed inserting all Islam derivations rules in the guidelines. We always support the OIC Halal standards and do not spare any endeavor to widespread it all over the world through our international connections and representatives. Conformance with SMIIC Halal Standards is one of the fixed prerequisites for every institute or organization who wants to cooperate with us in Halal area and this is strictly regarded in this organization up to now. All regulatory and documentary by-laws are based on OIC/SMIIC General Guidelines for Halal certification bodies and are observed by all personnel inside Iran and even in representative offices.
He added Halal World Institute, affiliated to ICRIC and ICCIMA, is responsible for Halal certification and could achieve international reputation all over the world. It has four main representative offices outside Iran in Turkey, Germany, Korea and Japan and has certified many food manufacturers in those countries. It receives many cooperation requests from other local Halal certification bodies which shows that we could make a good image of Halal, especially Halal situation in Iran for them.
At the end, he expressed his wish for more governmental support and back for our organization activities like other pioneer countries in Halal industry era. Iran has a huge potential in Halal export and it is pity that we are remained backward from global Halal market, while we could have had gain bigger ratio of this market. Therefore, we hope government could support our activities and invest on this industry.