CERTIFICATION PROCEDURES

HMA halal certification of Canada, works closely with the ‘Food Industry’ at all levels, including halal meat & poultry suppliers, food processors, manufacturers agents, retailers, butchers, restaurants and takeaways.

HMA is imploring, liasing and co-coordinating with and inviting all concerned who provide, trade, manufacture or supply to be aware of the fact that if their product is obtained and manufactured in accordance to the Islamic Shari`ah, there is an infinite opportunity to give the public the assurance of guaranteed Halal. Prior to certification of Halal, the Islamic covenants of honesty, cleanliness, virtuous conduct, good business codes as well as adherence to relevant health, food and hygiene laws are of paramount importance. Cohesion and compliance of Islamic requisites and provisions are also of similar significance.

HMA does require the provider to enter into an “agreement and contract” so as to be mutually beneficial. Providers gain from enhanced trade and the Muslim community readily obtains what is required by their religious principles.

Application:  
An application form is to be completed by the company interested in HMA certification providing all the required necessary details of the company, plant and products. Once completed, please return the application to our office with the application fee.

Review of Application
Once the completed application is received; the HMA Board will review the information details and then contact the company to arrange for an initial audit inspection.

Initial Inspection
An initial inspection of the plant will be carried out by the HMA representatives. This initial inspection will facilitate the HMA to assess the requirements for the HMA monitoring and certification.

Contract
After evaluation and assessment of the plant, products and equipment, the HMA will draft an agreement contract outlining the provisions and terms of HMA monitoring and certification. This contract will specify the requirements, provisions and obligations of both parties.

Deployment of Inspectors
Once the company in concern has signed the agreement contract and submitted it to our office, the HMA will deploy full time inspector(s) at the facility who will personally and physically witness the slaughter. Thereafter based upon their approval, the inspector(s) stamp, label or tag the meat with the HMA certification mark logo.

Supervision
HMA Supervisor(s) and Manager(s) will regularly or periodically check on the deployed inspector(s) at the facility in order to verify and ensure that he is complying with all HMA standards and procedures.

Company Listing
Certified abattoirs and slaughter plants will be listed on our website and directories detailing the certified products at these plants. The lists are distributed to suppliers, processing plants, butchers, retailers, restaurants and fast food outlets on request in order to direct their business to HMA certified products.