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Beginner’s Guide on Starting a Halal Certification Business in Singapore
The island nation of Singapore is a melting pot of cultures. The same goes when we speak about food and cuisines. But when travellers holidaying in Singapore want to try the Halal version of its famous cuisines, it can be disappointing sometimes. Well, since the world is gearing towards Halal, why not open a Halal-certified restaurant in Singapore. This page provides a guide on starting a Halal certification business in Singapore.
The Halal Industry
Halal constitute what is allowable by Islamic laws. There are also benefits of food that is prepared in a Halal way. The Halal industry does not necessarily comprise of food. There are other aspects of Halal that a Muslim must adhere to. But Halal consumables is making an impact as the demand for Halal food is making headways. When Muslims spot a Halal-certified restaurant in Singapore, they are most likely to become loyal customers. A Halal-certified restaurant in Singapore can become an appealing subject matter to Muslims from across the globe, especially when the cuisines are of different origin.
Applying for Halal Certification
Halal certification in Singapore is conducted and awarded by the Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura (MUIS). For restaurant owners, obtaining Halal certification can be demanding. But, the long term benefits of it makes it all worthwhile. There is a list of conditions to fulfil before becoming a Halal-certified restaurant in Singapore. The following are critical conditions for restaurants that one needs to adhere to:
- Raw materials, processing aids, and additives must be Halal. These items must come with supporting documents. Such items must be declared on the MUIS eHalal System, an online platform for all Halal certification application.
- Applicants need to submit a floor plan of the establishment to MUIS. The floor plan should clearly define areas for production, kitchen, storage, crockery, utensils and dishwashing facilities for processing and handling of Halal items. Any Haram items that come in contact with any of these must be declared to MUIS, and they will conduct a ritual cleansing.
- A restaurant owner or applicant must at least engage 2 Muslim employees, and one of them appointed as a Muslim representative in the Halal Team.
- A Halal team is part of the ten principles of Singapore MUIS Halal Quality Management system. They are in charge of ensuring compliance with MUIS Halal Certification Conditions. The Halal team members must also complete a mandatory Halal training programme.
Restaurant owners may apply for Halal certification online via the MUIS eHalal System. Once submitted, a MUIS appointed auditor will review and check if all conditions are met, information and supporting documents comply. If there is any inadequacy, the auditor will remark in the online application. Any shortcomings must be dealt with before the deadline given by MUIS eHalal System. Otherwise, if all is good, the auditor will visit the premises for audit inspection. If the auditor is satisfied with this visit, he or she will recommend the application to MUIS. However, if the auditor finds any shortcomings, the applicant will need to rectify it and have the premise go through another site visit. Site visits are essential to ensure MUIS Halal Certification Conditions are met.
Restaurant owners can look up in the MUIS Halal certification fees. Fees must be paid via cash or cheque at MUIS office or through MUIS eHalal System. If no payment is made during the application, MUIS will reject the application without notice. The Muslim representative and another worker within the premise are required to undergo Halal training programmes. You may refer to the Halal training programme fees right here.
From Start to End
Once submitted, the process will begin within 14 working days for standard application or seven working days for express application. Audits will take up most of the time. Rectifying the remarks is another. Hence it is advisable to regularly check the MUIS eHalal System for audit report and comments. The faster you clear the audits, the quicker you will obtain Halal certificate for your restaurant. After the application is approved, the Halal certificate is emailed to you. This valuable certificate is valid and original. Thus, it must be displayed at the restaurant. When starting a Halal certification business, note that the license is valid for one or two years. You will need to renew it upon expiry. Renewals are also done via MUIS eHalal System, and it is at no cost.