Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Halal Certification Bodies Convention returns in March 2018

Source: JAKIM. Scenes from the 2017 Halal Certification Bodies Convention event.
Source: JAKIM. Scenes from the 2017 Halal Certification Bodies Convention event.

The Halal Certification Bodies Convention (HCBC) returns for its 9th year in 2018. Organised by Jabatan Kemajuan Islam Malaysia (JAKIM), the Islamic authority in Malaysia, HCBC provides an avenue for all key players and contributors of the halal industry to gather under one roof. 

The event, stretching across three days instead of two days as in previous years, has the theme Halal Connecting the World in 2018. It is targeted at halal industry players — certification bodies, businesses, and entrepreneurs.

One of the focuses during the convention is to enhance halal certification bodies’ understanding on halal standards in Malaysia, with emphasis on their roles and responsibilities in managing the halal certificates. Ways to strengthen the two-way relationship between Malaysia and international halal certification bodies will also be discussed. The event also aims to strengthen bilateral relations between Malaysia through JAKIM with other participating countries.

For 2018, the colocated 2nd International Halal Training Capacity Development Programme (IHTCDP) event will have an additional training session by the Islamic Tourism of Malaysia (ITC). Existing workshops include Emerald which focuses on halal food and non-food products; Diamond which is about halal food services; Sapphire which covers halal logistics and Ruby, which is about Muslim-friendly tourism.

The Halal Professional Board will also be introducing two training workshops, the Halal Executive (Citrine) course and the Halal Internal Auditor (Pearl) course. Each workshop is open to local and international participants and will consist of five days of training. The resulting certificates are recognised by Halal Professional Board (HPB) Malaysia.

The International Halal Authority Board (IHAB), launched at the 2017 event, is tasked with establishing a coalition of halal authorised countries of the world. To date, JAKIM has recognised 67 halal certification bodies around the globe. This year will also see the IHAB assembly formally introduced as a platform for harmonisation of the global halal certification process by 2020.

Gulf Standard Organization (GSO), the Saudi Arabia Standard Organization (SASO), the Moroccan de Normalisation Institute (IMANOR), the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA) 


Halal Professional Board courses
26–30 March

2nd International Halal Development Capacity Programme
1–2 April 

9th International Halal Certification Bodies Convention
1–3 April 2018

1st IHAB General Assembly
3 April 2018

Le Meridien Putrajaya
Lebuh IRC, IOI Resort City,
Sepang, 62502 Putrajaya, Malaysia


Register for the convention

View the agenda for the IHDCP

Register for the Halal Professional Board courses