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  • GCC Standardization OrganizationG S O

    The Role of The Role of GSOGSO

    on on HalalHalal Food Products Food Products

    GCC Standardization OrganizationG S O

    First Gulf Conference on Halal Industry, Kuwait 24-26 Jan 2011

    on on HalalHalal Food Products Food Products

    Dr. Sufyan Al-Irhayim

    GCC Standardization Organization

    (GSO)

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  • GCC Standardization OrganizationG S O

    ContentsContents

    Introduction

    About the GSO

    Standards Development and Management

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    Standards Development and Management

    GSO Standards for Halal Food

    Labeling of Prepackaged Foods

    Animal Slaughtering according to Islamic Law

    Halal Food: General Requirements

    A Final Note

  • GCC Standardization OrganizationG S O

    IntroductionIntroduction GSO is a regional organization

    Serves mainly the GCC countries and Yemen Serves the industries by providing market avenues and

    increase competitiveness in international markets

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    Serves the industries by providing market avenues and increase competitiveness in international markets

    Maintaining safety, public health and consumer protection

    Preserving the public interest (religious, cultural, national security, . . . etc)

    Safeguard the overall economy of the GCC countries by avoiding poor quality products

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    GSO

    Develop Standards

    Foster Intra-GCC Trade

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    Foster Intra-GCC Trade

    Strengthens GCC Customs

    Union

    Conformance to WTO/TBT/SPS

  • GCC Standardization OrganizationG S O

    GSO: BackgroundGSO: Background

    A regional organization established under the

    umbrella of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)

    Supplanted the Gulf Standards and Metrology

    Organization (1984-2003)

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    Organization (1984-2003)

    Has an administrative and financial autonomy

    Began operation in May 2004

    Headquarters: Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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    MembershipMembershipThe governments of:

    The State of the United Arab Emirates

    The Kingdom of Bahrain

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    The Kingdom of Bahrain

    The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

    The Sultanate of Oman

    The State of Qatar

    The State of Kuwait

    The Republic of Yemen

  • GCC Standardization OrganizationG S O

    ActivitiesActivitiesSimilar to other standards organizations,

    the GSO activities include:

    Adopt, develop, maintain, revise, and withdraw GCC Standards and Technical Regulations

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    Standards and Technical Regulations

    Formulation of GCC Conformity Assessment Procedures, legal and industrial Metrology, Quality and other related standardization activities.

    Participate in the adoption, development, maintenance, revision, and withdrawal of International Standards

    Adopt, develop, maintain, revise, and withdraw policies and procedures.

  • GCC Standardization OrganizationG S O

    GSO: ActivitiesGSO: Activities

    Prepare, publish and update the Gulf standards and

    technical regulations

    Development of systems and procedures to verify the

    unified regional compliance, legal and industrial

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    unified regional compliance, legal and industrial

    metrology, quality systems and accreditation systems

    Raising awareness and self-capacity building

    Facilitate the intra- and inter-GCC trade and the removal

    of technical barriers to trade

  • GCC Standardization OrganizationG S O

    GSO: ActivitiesGSO: Activities

    Working towards customs union among the GCC

    countries

    Achieve compatibility and harmony between Gulf

    standards with the best international practices of

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    standards with the best international practices of

    standardization

    Support for the GCC industry

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    GSO: Organizational StructureGSO: Organizational Structure

    Board of Directors

    Technical Council

    General Secretariat

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    General Secretariat

    Steering Committees

    Technical CommitteesTechnical Committees

  • GCC Standardization OrganizationG S O

    Standards Development & ManagementStandards Development & Management

    GSO Standards and Technical Regulations :

    are based on the requirements of health, safety, performance, environment and consumer protection

    meet the requirements of industry, import, export, public

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    meet the requirements of industry, import, export, public procurement and international trade

    meet the requirements of TBT&SPS agreements (during the processes of drafting, implementing and adoption)

    can be adopted of International Standards in their original language

    are prepared by Technical Committees

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    Standards Development (Standards Development (Cont.Cont.))

    Standards development is guided by the following :

    No National standard is developed if there is an identical draft GSO standard in existence

    GSO Standards to be developed should not create trade

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    GSO Standards to be developed should not create trade barriers

    In most cases, the Gulf standards are prepared through a direct adoption of International, Regional, or National standards

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    Food & Agriculture Sector StandardsFood & Agriculture Sector Standards

    There are 885 GSO

    Standards and technical

    regulations (about 17% of

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    regulations (about 17% of

    the total number of

    Standards are technical

    regulations)

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    HalalHalal Scope Scope Halal is an Arabic word meaning lawful or permitted.

    The opposite of Halal is Haram, which means unlawful or prohibited.

    Halal and Haram are universal terms that apply to all facets

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    Halal and Haram are universal terms that apply to all facets of life.

    However; for standards purposes, scope is

    limited to food products, meat products,

    cosmetics, personal care products, food

    ingredients, and food contact materials

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    Food and FoodstuffFood and Foodstuff Food is any matter that is eatable or as a source of

    nutrition (including drinking liquids)

    Foodstuff is any manufactured, semi-manufactured or not-manufactured substance prepared for direct human consumption or used in manufacturing or

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    or not-manufactured substance prepared for direct human consumption or used in manufacturing or preparation or treatment of any other foodstuff.

    Food is divided into 3 categories: food from any animal origin,

    food from non-animal origin, and

    beverages

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    Halal FoodHalal Food

    Animals that only live in water: These are all considered

    basically permissible

    Animals living on land: It is considered basically permitted

    eatable unless forbidden by a juristic bar

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    eatable unless forbidden by a juristic bar

    Islam has indicated rules for the slaughtering and capturing of

    animals

    Plants are the objects of a consensus among Muslim

    scholars on their permissive character unless showing

    impurity or harm (opiate or poison).

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    Gulf Standards for Gulf Standards for HalalHalal

    GSO formed a Working group for Halal Foods standards and technical regulations within its technical committee for food and agricultural products standards

    Its first Technical Regulation stipulated that labeling of

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    Its first Technical Regulation stipulated that labeling of prepackaged foods shall comply with the Islamic law

    GSO Board of Directors had decided to add an item stating that the product shall be free from pork products and derivatives in all the standards and technical regulations of agricultural and food products, where there is possibility of existence or addition of pork products and derivatives to these products

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    Standards for Standards for HalalHalal

    Conditions set in the GSO food standards:

    Products should be free from any material prohibited by Islamic law

    Products should be free from any material

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    Products should be free from any mate

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