50 Pages
Published Date
June, 2021

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01 Jun 2021
Getting Halal Certified for the GCC Market 2021
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The Getting Halal Certified for the GCC Market 2021 presents halal food certification requirements in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region which covers the countries Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. The Report provides a guide to halal certification process for the GCC region including estimated costs, timing to get the certifications, and the recognized certifiers globally and locally to engage with.  The requirements covered are for those manufacturers/distributors exporting to GCC from other GCC countries as well as from countries outside the region, and for GCC domestic manufacturers. 

The Report covers the Global and the GCC halal regulatory landscape, GCC halal food standards, categorization of Harmonized System (HS) food specific codes according to halal audit complexity, the halal certification process, certification cost and audit time, and ways to optimize the halal certification process in the GCC market. (The Report includes: 17 Tables, 3 Figures, 4 Full Appendix tables)

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Headline insights

The GCC region is one of the largest halal food markets, importing US$ 33.8 billion of halal food in 2019. The primary halal standards setting body in the GCC is the GCC Standardization Organization (GSO), and these halal standards are adopted by all of the relevant standards setting bodies in the GCC countries. The Report discusses in detail the GSO halal standards specific to the food sector and certification requirements thereof. 

Key questions addressed

• Who are the key standards setting bodies in the GCC?
• What are the key halal food and safety standards in the GCC?  
• To what extent do the food categories (from the HS codes) require more time and effort to get halal certified in the GCC? 
• What is the step-by-step process of halal certification in the GCC? 
• Which halal certifiers globally are accredited by relevant bodies from the GCC?
• What is the cost and time taken to get halal certified in the GCC?
• How can I optimize halal certifications across multiple markets in the GCC?

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      1 Executive Summary

      2 Global Halal Regulatory Landscape

      3 GCC Halal Food & Safety Standards

      3.1 GCC Halal Standards Setting Bodies

      3.1.1 GCC Standardization Organization (GSO)

      3.1.2 Country-based Standards Setting Organizations (GSO)

      3.2 GCC Halal Certification Requirements

      3.3 GCC Halal Food Standards

      3.3.1 GSO Halal Standards and Key Definitions

      3.3.2 GSO Halal Food Categorization and Relevant Standards

      3.3.3 GSO Halal Food Categorization According to Audit Complexity

      3.3.4 GSO and UAE Halal Standards Variations

      3.4 GCC Food Safety & Compliance Standards

      4 GCC Halal Food Certification Process

      4.1   GCC Halal Regulatory and Accreditation Bodies 

      4.2   GCC Halal Certification Process 

      4.3   Getting Started — Finding a Certifier for the GCC Markets 

      4.4   GCC Halal Certification Process – Audit Time and Duration 

      4.5   GCC Halal Certification Process - Costing

      5 Report Purpose and Methodology

      6 Acknowledgment

      7 Appendix

      7.1 Full Table: Halal Complexity Class as per GSO Standard

      7.2 Full Table: GSO and UAE Halal Standards Variations

      7.3 Full Table: List of Certification Bodies Accredited by the GCC Accreditation Bodies, by Country (updated list as of March 2021)

      7.4 Full List: Documents Required for Halal Certification Audits

      List of Tables (17 Tables)

      Table 1: Key Players in the Global Halal Regulatory Ecosystem

      Table 2: Halal Certification Requirements for GCC Markets & Imports to GCC, by Country

      Table 3: GSO Halal Food & Safety Standards 

      Table 4: GCC Standards Setting Organizations, by Country

      Table 5: GSO Halal Food Standards and Scope

      Table 6: GSO Halal Food Standards- Select Definitions

      Table 7: GSO Halal Food Standards - Non-Halal Food Description

      Table 8: GSO Halal Food Standards - Halal Products Classification and Relevant Standards

      Table 9: Halal Food Categorization by GSO Standards, HS Codes and Halal Audit Complexity

      Table 10: GSO Food Safety Standards and Scope

      Table 11: Other Food Safety Standards and Scope (Required)

      Table 12: Other Food Safety Standards and Scope (Additional)

      Table 13: GCC Regulatory Bodies and Approved Accreditation Bodies

      Table 14: List of Certification Bodies Accredited by Bodies Approved by the GCC Regulatory Bodies, by Country (updated list as of March 2021)

      Table 15: GSO Halal Food Standards Minimum Initial Certification Audit Time

      Table 16: Halal Certification Audit Time Calculation, by Two Scenarios   

      Table 17: Halal Certification Cost Calculation, by Two Scenarios   

      List of Figures (3 Tables)

      Figure 1: GCC Halal Food Imports, 2019 (US$ Billion)

      Figure 2: Halal Food Current Regulatory Landscape

      Figure 3: Halal Certification Process