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HALAL Certification: Opening up New Markets for Austrian Companies

Austrian company representatives present their halal certificates © ON Österreichisches Normungsinstitut

© ON Österreichisches Normungsinstitut

March 31, 2009

On 1 March, Europe’s first normative document was published for food considered to be pure/permitted (‘halal’) under Islamic law. The ON Rule ONR 14200 is to facilitate access to new markets.

The ON Rule ONR 142000 ‘Halal food - Requirements for the food chain’ was developed at the Austrian Standards Institute in order to open up new markets for Austrian companies. This ONR is the first document of its kind in Europe and is also available in English in order to facilitate international trade.

Its purpose is to provide guidance on the measures necessary to fulfil food safety requirements from the halal perspective and to complement them by appropriate monitoring and control criteria.

The ONR can also serve as a basis for halal certification. The halal food market is estimated to amount to 12 to 15 billion Euro in Europe alone.