Govt launches Maiden Halal Food Accreditation scheme

Islamabad: The government has launched the first-ever Halal Food Accreditation scheme and the move would follow establishment of Halal Board, which would bolster country’s export. Addressing the launching ceremony of Halal Food Accreditation scheme here Tuesday, Federal Minister for Science and Technology Mir Changez Khan Jamali said that Pakistan National Accreditation Council PNAC has achieved a milestone for launching Halal Food Accreditation and the political government fulfilled its promise to open the scheme.

“Ministry of Science and Technology will set up a Halal Board for Halal Food Accreditation and till its establishment, the cost on certification to be subsidized by 50 per cent,” he said, adding that Halal Board will provide policy guideline to PNAC and PSQCA and this Board is planned to have representation of private sector and Ulema along with representation of government functionaries.

He went on to say that the $ 2.77 trillion estimated global value of Halal market is fast growing further with more consumer awareness not only in food sector but also in non-food products, like pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, healthcare, toiletries and other non-consumables. “Pakistan having rich potential in livestock, dairy and poultry sector has the capability to capture this new market of Halal Food,” the minister added.

Federal Secretary Science and Technology Akhlaq Ahmed Tarar said that Pakistan being Islamic country need to benefit of this opportunity and once recognized Halal certified goods/services chain starts and it will help local sale and export.

On this occasion the Director General PNAC Anjum Bashir said that “PNAC being an apex body with a mandate to accredit conformity Assessment Bodies like Laboratories, Certification/ Inspection Bodies as per the International requirements under the WTO regime has achieved a milestone of Mutual Recognition Arrangement MRA with International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation ILAC & Asia

Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation APLAC,” adding that it gives PNAC equivalent status like other reputed accreditation bodies of North America, European & Far East Countries.

He said that the importance of Medical Labs Accreditation was increasing every day in this era of technological advancements and competition in the healthcare service sector. PNAC has taken in-time initiative to improve the Health care Sector by launching Medical Labs Accreditation Scheme.

It is pertinent to mention here that Sectoral committee had already given its go ahead been pre-requisite to launch Halal Food accreditation scheme.

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