MJC Halaal Trust receives International Accreditation

This week the Muslim Judicial Council Halaal Trust (MJCHT), celebrated the achievement of securing the ISO/IEC 17065:2012 accreditation.

Department of International Relations and Co-operation (Dirco) Minister Naledi Pandor was a keynote speaker at a gala dinner hosted by the MJCHT. Along with key partners, clients and supporters they celebrated the MJC Halaal Trust for receiving its internationally recognised ISO/IEC 17065 accreditation via the South African National Accreditation Service (Sanas).

ISO (International Organisation for Standardisation) and IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) is a specialised standardisation system, with accreditation ensuring competence of an accreditation body in providing certification for the quality of products, processes and services.

The MJC is one the oldest halaal certifying body in the world and celebrates 78 years this year. Minister Pandor said it was a watershed moment when the International Trade Centre in Geneva listed the MJCHT as the first and oldest halaal regulatory body in the world.

Pandor said the formal registration of the MJCHT endorses the body as a halaal certifying authority which is recognised locally, nationally and internationally.

Other halaal certifying bodies in South Africa such as Sanha and NIHT have received the IEC 17065 accreditation in the past but this has been via international regulatory bodies. It is the first time it has been it has been given via SANAS, the South African accreditation body.

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