dimanche, 22 octobre 2017
 

AFNOR Press Release : European Standard for Halal food : AFNOR leads a French committee to contribute to the drafting of this standard

From January 2014 AFNOR, a member of the European Committee for Standardization (CEN), has led an open-access standardization committee on Halal food. The goal is to represent the voice of French stakeholders in the framework of a draft European standard for voluntary application.

A draft European standard was initiated in 2009 following a proposal by Austria which had a national normative document. A European feasibility study was coordinated from 2009 to 2012. AFNOR participated in the study on the basis of expert input by a think tank representing the majority of French stakeholders. This study identified expectations for development of a European standard. It also highlighted the importance for France of actively contributing to this project conducted by the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) and led by Turkey.

The future European Standard will address all requirements relating to the Halal food supply chain [1] : rearing, slaughtering, processing, storage, transportation and conformity assessment of foodstuffs. For all religious matters, the CEN Technical Committee will consult an advisory group comprising representatives of European and international Islamic authorities proposed by member states.

Scheduled for publication in 2017, the standard will be a voluntary reference document applicable in the context of European legislation. It may be used by Halal food certification bodies in CEN’s various member states. The goal is to enable these bodies to adopt a common approach that is transparent for consumers.

As with all voluntary standards, it will be developed with the participation of all categories of stakeholders, including representatives of the Muslim community and professionals.

A standardization committee open to all legal entities

30 organizations representing interests in this subject currently make up this AFNOR/V06A “Halal Foods” standardization committee including public authorities, grand mosques, food manufacturers, research bodies, consumer organizations and animal welfare groups. All these participate in the working meetings driven by the desire to contribute to this European project.

The French standardization committee meets 3 to 4 times a year. The CEN / PC 425 technical committee meets twice a year with all the member states. The European standard will be published at EU level once the consensus reached.

Participation in this AFNOR committee is open to categories of interest concerned with the subject and that contribute to funding the work.

To join the committee AFNOR and participate in the European project ... link

Learn more about the criteria for participation in standardization work ... link

Learn more about the categories of interest for a standardization committee...http://www.afnor.org/en/core-activi...

Source AFNOR


[1] Based on the definition of Standard NF EN ISO 22000 (Food safety management systems - Requirements for any organization in the food chain).


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