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Demonstrate that your products and services comply with the Harmonized Halal Standards for the Middle East, as per Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Standardization Organization (GSO) and country specific requirements of Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA), Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO), and Saudi Halal Center – Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA), respectively for United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia and other GCC countries.

Halal Services

The GSO standards and ESMA regulations are designed to help organizations meet the demand for authentic, safe and affordable Halal products sold within the GCC countries: UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Yemen and Qatar. Food processors and suppliers are encouraged to take advantage of these globally applicable and transparent Halal certification standards.

What are the benefits of the SGS Halal Certification schemes?

SGS offers assessments against the GSO Harmonized Standards for the region. Certification enables food processors and suppliers to:

  • Access the growing market for Halal Food products
  • Accept food consignments into Saudi Arabia through Halal Certificates and Halal Shipment Certificates
  • Demonstrate the authenticity and safety of products
  • Place the UAE National Halal Mark for Halal Products on qualifying products to be sold within UAE
  • Ensure that consumers are protected from accidentally purchasing or using non-conforming and non-Halal products, processes and services

Our Accreditations

SGS Gulf Ltd is accredited by the GCC Accreditation Center (GAC), according to GSO.2055-2, to facilitate Halal certification for the widest scope of products and services in the region.

In UAE, SGS Gulf Ltd is approved by ESMA, the federal statutory body that regulates the safety and quality of products and services. In line with UAE Cabinet Resolution No. 10 of 2014, manufacturers can now apply to SGS Gulf Ltd for certification of their products and processes as per the GSO Harmonized Halal Standards. This Technical Regulation applies to all Halal products, as well as production systems and services associated with these products.

Further to certification of their products by SGS Gulf Ltd, food processors and suppliers can apply to ESMA for the Halal National Mark, the only approved Halal Mark in the UAE permitted and controlled by ESMA.

In Saudi Arabia, SGS Gulf Ltd is approved by SFDA Saudi Halal Center to certify products and shipments imported into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Why choose Halal certification from SGS?

We have an extensive network of professionally qualified and experienced technical personnel, lead auditors and Islamic experts who are trained to carry out Halal audits and certifications in line with Sharia requirements, GSO standards and country specific Halal regulations.

Contact SGS today to access the vast opportunities presented by this rapidly growing sector.