The HaPI Halal standard is not only audited, certified and verified by SGS's Muslim auditors alone, but also has the acceptance and support of Islamic authorities.
The core of the standard is the halal management system, a self-monitoring system that the companies to be certified must demonstrate for the continuous control of halal-compliant production.
Certifications to the Halal Professional Institute Standard (HaPI) are conducted as follows:
After a facility has registered for the system, an appointment is made for the first audit, the so-called "certification audit". At the appointment, a Muslim auditor from SGS, together with Islamic authorities, inspects the plant site and assesses it according to the checklist in accordance with the requirements of the HaPI standard. During the audit, incoming and outgoing goods, specifications, product samples, self-checking system documents, traceability functionality, process parameters, cleaning agents and packaging, among others, are checked. After this audit, the number of subsequent unannounced control audits is set at one to three per year on a risk-oriented basis.
After successfully passing the certification audit, the certification body (SGS) and HaPI issue the halal certificate to the company. This is valid for one year and after the expiration of the validity the company must be recertified by a new audit.
The certification results in significant advantages for the companies: Increased consumer confidence and customer satisfaction through improved quality assurance in the production of halal-compliant food, advertising impact and strengthening of the image, as well as development of new market and customer segments in the trend market "ethnic food".