IHAF's Members’ web application will allow its members to communicate and process all their requests digitally as well as permit potential ones to apply for membership online with ease
Dubai: The International Halal Accreditation Forum (IHAF) has launched its enhanced and more robust brand feel, an improved website and a new web application as part of its staunch commitment to be the only international forum unifying halal practices through standardization of halal criteria among assessment bodies.
The new digital infrastructure of IHAF consists of the new digital-friendly brand, dynamic website, an automated members’ management system and members’ web application. The members’ application, which can be accessed through www.ihaforum.ae , is deemed a progressive leap as it allows interactive communication between IHAF's members in real-time. Members can efficiently process all their requests digitally, while future ones can apply for membership online with ease. Considering the necessity in ensuring business continuity and support, the needs of all IHAF stakeholders will be met through utilizing the digitized business processes. The new website and web application will also include an automated voting system that will approve all submissions, helping speed up the process of new memberships as well as requests from existing members.
Underscoring how the new and dynamic website will make the services of IHAF more efficient, Her Excellency Dr Rehab Faraj Al Ameri, the Secretary-General of IHAF, said: "The first phase of the new IHAF website reflects our vision and strategic goals to achieve a connected, homogeneous global halal industry by digitally streamlining our way to do businesses. Through this initiative, we aim to enhance our efforts to support the unification of halal standards and practices—for one certification process to be accepted by all—as well as expand our reach to open up further international cooperation with relevant entities."
Throughout 2020, IHAF emphasized that the current crisis brought about by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic highlighted the importance of digitalization in conducting accreditation and certification assessments as well as the IHAF peer evaluations. The forum stressed the need to expedite the sustainability of the unification of the halal standards, particularly now that conformity assessments have become more challenging due to the movement restrictions.
Recently, the industry turned to off-site assessments as a response to the impact of movement restrictions and the closing of borders due to the pandemic. Members highlighted in the 8th IHAF Multi-Lateral Recognition meeting that remote auditing for the conformity assessment activities could make recognition wider, generate more schemes, and save more time.
The need to enhance digitalization has also led to the launch of the new brand, website and members’ web application to ease the process for the members, as well as train the halal sector to cope with all facets of innovation—solidifying further the unification of halal standards. IHAF plans to continue its journey of streamlining the business process in the future and incorporating essential tools that could support the halal industry.
About the International Halal Accreditation Forum
The International Halal Accreditation Forum (IHAF) is an independent, non-government network of accreditation agencies all mandated to enforce halal standards in their countries and regions. IHAF is the world's first halal international accreditation network. It is also the first international accreditation entity to be based in the UAE. IHAF currently has 38 accreditation body-members and stakeholders from 35 countries across six continents.
Empowered by its aim to protect the growing number of halal consumers and to facilitate international halal trade, IHAF establishes a solid ground for the global industry of halal food and non-food products. Based in the UAE and spearheaded by the Dubai Islamic Economy Development Center (DIEDC) and the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA), IHAF is anchored on the belief that greater cooperation among regional and international organizations is key in creating a halal industry that is strong, stable, reliable and responsive to the needs of consumers and businesses across the world.
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