Halal Food Authority (HFA) is an independent, voluntary nonprofit organization, part of a registered charity involved in the supervision, inspection, audit, certification, and compliance of halal principles and practices in the UK food and beverages industry.
- To establish the most practicable and robust halal assurance system facilitating a comprehensive traceability of halal food serving the Muslim community and halal industry
- To become recognised as the most competent and compatible Halal Certifier in Europe possessing realistic service benchmark with systematic approach together with diligently implemented Islamic Jurisprudence
- To provide a high level of professional advice and service to consumers and manufacturers through education and awareness in the halal industry on halal related matters, as a first point of contact
- To become a part of scientific research and innovation schemes and projects, and to seek and utilize all available resources for further development of global halal industry
- HFA always endorse the policies reflecting honesty, transparency, due diligence and adherence to Islamic Jurisprudence
- HFA does not encourage or support political agenda
- HFA believes in collective efforts and encourage diversity to be able to utilize best available expertise in the society
- HFA endeavours to engage with the community and integrate with all its stakeholders in all halal and food related issues
- HFA always encourage expansion of halal trade globally and endeavour to broaden its certification operations to other parts of the world
- HFA offers flexible and friendly working environment to its staff and support on-the-job training and development programmes
- HFA does not tolerate disrespect, unprofessional behaviour or discourteous attitude, poor performance and negative or destructive criticism amongst its clientele, community, stakeholders, competitors and staff
- HFA always encourage and stress heavily on Team Work
Our in-house team of Food Technologists, Auditors and Inspectors are highly qualified in their respective fields and work tirelessly to utilise their skill base to serve both the Muslim community and wider halal industry. We are proud to be able to say that our team have earned qualifications in the following:
● Food Safety
● Cosmetic Production
● Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) training
● BRC Global Standards – Third Party Auditor Training
● ISO (International Organisation for Standardisation) 22000
● MUI International Halal Auditor Training, Indonesia
● Food for Thought, RVC (Royal Veterinary College)
● Meat and Poultry Food Chain training in association with the University of Bristol
● Poultry Welfare Officer (PWO) training in association with the University of Bristol
● Animal Welfare Officer (AWO) training in association with the University of Bristol
Aside from the above, our Food Technologists, Auditors and Inspectors have relevant undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from reputable universities as well as extensive auditing experience in medium and large slaughterhouses and processing plants across the UK and Europe. The HFA is committed to being an active body and we continue to attend workshops and training at various international conferences and seminars as well as engage actively in dialogue relating to the global food and halal industries.
Halal Food Authority (HFA) certification is widely accepted around the globe and there is no known region where HFA halal certificate is not valid.
HFA is endorsed, supported and recognised by all major halal certification bodies in the world. Some of those organisations in global halal certification industry that have mutual recognition arrangement with HFA are as follows:
- Indonesian Council of Ulama (MUI).
- Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM)
- Secretariat of Dubai Municipality – UAE.
- Majlis – e- Ugama Islamia Singapura – MUIS – Singapore
- Central Islamic Committee of Thailand – Thailand
- Islamic Dawah Council of Phillipines (IDCP) – Phillipines
- Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA) – USA
- Halal Food Council of Europe (HFCE) – Belgium
- Halal Quality Control (HQC) – The Netherlands
- Halal Correct – The Netherlands
- Halal Food & Feed Inspection Authority (HFFIA) – The Netherlands
- Halal Control – Germany
- National Independent Halal Trust (NIHT) – South Africa
- Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) – South Africa
- FAMBRAS & CIBAL – Brazil
- Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand (FIANZ) – New Zealand
- Halal Australia
This list is indeed of a few and is certainly not an exhaustive list. HFA works with many other international halal certification organisations that also support and recognise our globally accepted halal standards and procedures.
HFA is officially appointed by Dubai Municipality to supervise, authenticate and certify specific consignments of meat of poultry to be exported to UAE from the UK. HFA halal export certificates exclusively issued for this purpose are a mandatory requirement for custom clearance at UAE ports of entry.
Mufti Abdul Kadir Barkatulla (Chair)
Mufti is a prominent Islamic Sharia law expert with background in social, Muslim Community work, economics and finance. He was trained extensively in Islamic and modern education systems in India and the UK.
Mufti has contributed to British Muslim community as an Imam, Lecturer, Shariah Judge, Developer of Islamic Law information databases, anchor of community televisions, media commentator, Shariah advisor of Islamic banks and funds in Europe and Asia. Other membership includes that of Shariah supervisory panels and Halal accreditation board.
Sardar Ahmad Qadri
Sardar Qadri was borne in 1957 in a historical town called Jalal Pur Pirwalah, district Multan (Pakistan). Initially Sardar Qadri studied at his home town, where he memorised The Holy Quran with Tajweed and obtained basic knowledge of Arabic and Persian literature and languages.
At the age of 12, Sardar Qadri went to Saudi Arabia to learn Arabic and Tajweed. After returning from Saudi Arabia in 1971, he was sent to Madrasah Anwar ul Oloom (Multan) to study Islamic Fiqh and Arabic literature. He also studied in a Madrasah Owaisia (Bahawalpur) where he obtained degree in interpretation of Holy Quran.
Sardar Qadri’s education in Law was initiated from the University of Punjab, Pakistan (LLB) and then he obtained Masters Degree in Law by submitting a Thesis on Inter-institutional conflict with EEC, from Vrij University Brussels (LLM) (Belgium). He served as Chief Imam, Khatib, in England, Belgium, and Norway and is a recognised expert in Islamic Shariah Law.
Sardar Qadri is currently a full time Muslim Chaplain with HM prison service and is also a columnist in Daily Jang London.
Shaykh Abu Sayed Ansarey
Abu Sayed Ansarey is a television presenter on Channel S (UK based) and is known for presenting Islamic and charity shows. His LIVE TV show-Islam Essentials and Hidayah are hugely popular question and answer programmes throughout the world. He has started his media career as a NEWS READER on a radio; he was the enlisted radio-actor. In addition to his contribution to media, Ansarey also works as the IMAAM and the trustee of West London Muslim Centre and is a teacher of Arabic. He also leads prayer in BBC Centre Mosque. He is also a member of the Ulamaa Board of Halal Food Authority (HFA).
He graduated in different subjects, English Literature, Islamic Studies and Law. He then completed post graduation degree in Da’wah from Makkah Al Mukarramah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
HFA Board of Trustees
Dr Abdul Matin Khan (Chair)
Having acquired the highest professional qualifications in Finance, Accounting and Administration in the UK as Chartered Management Accountant and Chartered Company Secretary and Administrator, Dr Khan has worked at senior management positions in Asia, Africa and Europe. Dr Khan also formed education and training institutions in the UK and have been Principal and Director of four colleges specialising in Higher Education for over 15 years. Dr Khan has been involved with the HFA since its inception as one of the founding members of the Board of Trustees and currently working very closely with the Chief Executive in the decision making process of HFA.
Dr Ghayasuddin Siddiqui
Dr Ghayasuddin Siddiqui, a PhD in Chemistry is a well-known activist, campaigner, writer and expert on Muslim political thought. Dr Siddiqui has promoted dialogue and engagement across all barriers: religious, social, cultural and political; and was the founding chairman of the Halal Food Authority.
Mr Ahmed Latif
Mr Ahmed Latif is presently CEO of A & M International Limited, which is a metal trading company and part of AMIDT Group of Dubai. Mr Latif Graduated in Commerce in 1963 from Karachi University and secured First Class First Position and was also awarded Gold Medal for his academic achievements. Mr Latif is also a member of Lions Club and spends great deal of his time in charitable work.
Ehsan Choudhry is a graduate in Urdu, a General Secretary of Pakistan Welfare Association Hounslow, a research scholar and a world famous poet and author of seven books. Topping all of that with a heart of gold, Ehsan is also a pioneer volunteer of HFA since 1995 , the owner of an established business and a responsible journalist in the UK.
Saqib Mohammed (CEO)
Saqib has been working with the Halal Food Authority (HFA) since 2006 and having served managerial positions within the HFA over the years, in 2013, he took over the role of a Chief Executive of the HFA leading the vision of the organisation since then. Saqib holds an MBA in Finance from the University of North West (London Campus). In additions to other food industry qualifications and training, Saqib also completed training on Animal Welfare at the University of Bristol, UK and a Leadership and Management training from the City University London. Financial and strategic management, corporate negotiations and regulatory affairs are the key portfolios that Saqib routinely oversee and manage at the HFA.
Saqib has been an active participant in halal related forums and has delivered talks and training at several national and international avenues on halal matters.
Hassan Gul (Operations Manager)
Hassan graduated from Queen Mary University of London in Biochemistry Bsc (Hons) with Microbiology in the year 2010. He started his career with the HFA later that year as a Technical Auditor & Food Technologist. Along with gaining the relevant food industry related qualifications and on-the-job training, he successfully completed international halal auditor’s training with MUI (Indonesia) and JAKIM (Malaysia). In late 2014 he was handed the responsibility to manage the audit team as an Audit Manager. Having successfully met the expectations, Hassan has now taken up the key role of an Operations Manager. Hassan is also actively involved in complex auditing, food technology, training and development activities of the HFA and represent HFA at international forums and events.