MUIS FOREIGN HALAL CERTIFICATION BODIES (FHCB) RECOGNITION SCHEME
As Muis does not certify food products that are produced or manufactured overseas, the role of certifying halal products for import into Singapore is entrusted to recognised foreign halal certifiers, known as Foreign Halal Certification Bodies (FHCB) from the respective countries exporting those products.
Muis’ recognition of FHCB is based on the assessment of their ability in adopting halal standards that are similar or comparable to the Singapore Muis Halal Standards (SMHS). The scheme is implemented to meet the Singapore Muslim Community’s halal consumption needs by ensuring the continued supply of imported halal certified products that are fit for consumption. It also serves as an extension of Muis’ role in facilitating its halal certification processes, as it helps to ensure continued public confidence in the imported food and beverage products and ingredients used by halal certified food establishments and manufacturers in Singapore.
2. UPDATES ON REVIEW OF FHCB RECOGNITION SCHEME
Following Muis’ last public update on the matter, we are pleased to inform that the comprehensive review of Muis FHCB Recognition Scheme has been completed. As part of the review process, Muis had appointed an external professional consulting firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers Management Services Pte Ltd, to undertake further review and validation.
Arising from the review findings, Muis has developed new comprehensive procedures that will be the main reference point for the enhanced Muis FHCB Recognition Scheme going forward. This will be done in tandem with other revisions that will further strengthen Muis’ governance of the enhanced scheme.
3. TRANSITION PHASE IMPLEMENTATION OF ENHANCED SCHEME
Muis will be implementing the enhanced scheme in two (2) phases, beginning with the Transition Phase: 31 January 2022 – 30 June 2022. During this window period, the application for Muis’ recognition will be open to FHCB under the following tracks:
(a) Track 1: Existing Muis-recognised FHCBs will be notified directly via email.
(b) Track 2: For other non-Muis-recognised FHCBs, please download and refer to the following documents:
|Title of Documents||Documents for Download|
|Infographics on FHCB application submission for Muis recognition under Transition Phase (Track 2)||(PDF, 100KB)|
|Muis FHCB Recognition Scheme Application Form (Transition Phase – Track 2(2022))||(PDF, 915KB)|
Upon approval during the Transition Phase, FHCBs will be granted a temporary recognition of 1-year period until the full implementation of the enhanced scheme in 2023.
4. QUERIES / CONTACT
You may refer to the list of FAQs at the link: FAQs – Halal Certification – FHCB, or alternatively contact the following personnel:
Mr Sharifuddin Mohamed Ali, Head, Halal Supply Network (HSN)
Mr Mohd Sarizal Sapuan, Assistant Manager, Halal Supply Network (HSN)