IMANOR launches a new foreign HCB recognition Protocol
The Moroccan Institute for Standardization (IMANOR) is a nonprofit public institution created by law n° 12-06 related to standards, certification and accreditation. Its overall mandate consists of serving public and private Moroccan economy players through developing national standards, certifying and assessing products and organizations conformity, and providing technical assistance, in order to boost products and services quality and durability, and preserve consumers’ health, safety and halal way of life.
As far as halal assurance is concerned, IMANOR has started in late 2010 a certification scheme hand in hand with the High Council of Oulemas that represents the highest religious Authority in Morocco. This initiative triggered with the support and the input of all stakeholders aimed at helping Moroccan companies accessing external halal markets, and at the same time reassuring Muslim consumers about halal authenticity of Moroccan products as part of its permanent endeavors towards preserving halal unicity and integrity throughout the Islamic World.
While running halal certification, an urgent need of controlling the increasing amount of halal certificates of its auditee’s supply chain, led IMANOR to extend halal conformity assessment to cover foreign halal certifiers with regard to relevant SMIIC standards, since law 12-06, under its articles 2 and 7, enables IMANOR to assess conformity against normative documents of any kind.
To go through this schema successfully will provide for halal certificates issued by the HCB, to be accepted by Moroccan market access Authority, as well as by IMANOR and all its recognized HCBs within their halal auditing activities. Besides, a recognized Halal certificate is very likely to be accepted by many other halal markets in Africa and Europe thanks to the good reputation Halal Maroc enjoys worldwide.
As part of its obligations, the HCB trusts halal certificates of other IMANOR’s recognized HCBs for purposes of its halal auditing activities.
Under no condition, would the HCB make use of this recognition to offer its services to companies based in Morocco.
The HCB is committed to paying the fees set by IMANOR, relating to the granting and maintenance of recognition
(1) Application submission
Applicant for IMANOR recognition shall provide the following information and its supporting evidence in Arabic, French or English:
- Applicant Profile (name, Country, owners, Managers, affiliation, regional offices, geographic coverage,…);
- Application scope ;
- List of certification officers, auditors, religious experts, with their nationalities and religious affiliation
(2) Eligibility conditions
To be eligible to IMANOR’s recognition, applicant shall comply §5.1.1 and 18.104.22.168 provisions of OIC/SMIIC2 :2019 standard.
(3) Application review
Applicant shall provide the following information in Arabic, French or English:
- Halal requirement standards/guides;
- Halal auditing and certification procedures ;
- Organization Chart;
- Detailed list of staff involved in auditing and certification processes, with precision of their qualifications (Background, relevant training, work experience,);
- List of testing facilities with relevant scope accreditation;
- halal certification contracting specimen;
- Halal certificate specimen.
- Valid certificates referring other halal recognitions or accreditation if any ;
- List of halal certified companies with their contact (for meat processing activities, list of suppliers slaughterhouses to be added);
The application review is conclusive if:
- The above documentation is complete ;
- Qualifications of auditing and certification staff are satisfactory;
- Halal requirements are equivalent to the corresponding Moroccan halal standards.
(4) Onsite audit
A 2-day audit is carried out in the applicant premises, to assess, through retained records, consistency of its auditing and certification practices with its stated provisions as previously reviewed and approved by IMANOR.
IMANOR eye-witnesses an auditing activity carried out by the HCB in a critical activity within application scope (apart from slaughter activities).
Slaughtering activities are not eligible for sampling. For each halal certified slaughterhouse whose products are targeting Moroccan Market, a visit and HCB auditing observation, is mandatory before the recognition granting. This observation is carried out by IMANOR with religious experts and Moroccan Sanitary Authority « ONSSA ».
After recognition granting, the observation of such slaughterhouses halal audit, takes place once every 2 years by IMANOR, religious experts and ONSSA.
Slaughtering operations must be supervised systematically by the HCB itself or otherwise entrusted to another IMANOR recognized HCB.
(6) Continuous surveillance
During the validity period of its recognition, the HCB shares systematically with IMANOR reports of its halal auditing and certification operations for Moroccan market access.
Additional assessment activities such as Eye-witnesses within a short time planning, may be decided by IMANOR upon this reporting or to investigate any complaints that would be made to IMANOR against the recognized HCB.