Impartiality Policy

The Management of the Muslim Judicial Council Halaal Trust (MJCHT) is committed to implement, maintain and continue with the required independence, impartiality, non-discriminatory and integrity requirements according to the operation of conformity assessment standards (ISO/IEC 17065:2012) for products and certification services globally. 

The MJCHT’s conformity assessment services shall consistently conduct all its operations in a competent and impartial manner to give confidence to all interested parties in regard to its certification activities.

Hence, MJCHT and its staff acknowledge to treat impartiality – in addition to a strict conformity assessment and competence performance – as an essential requirement. This serves to ensure that the MJCHT’s halal certification services and its associated halal mark is accepted with the maximum level of credibility and confidence among the interested parties, especially the consumers at both domestic and international level.

In order to achieve, maintain and enhance the said level of confidence in practice, the decisions taken by MJCHT shall be free of bias and assures objectivity in its conformity assessment, decisions making processes and all its supporting operations. Hence it shall not be affected or influenced or corrupted by any threats to impartiality including, but not limited to:

  • Integrity – threats arising from the lack of ethics and halal code of conduct;
  • Competence – threats that arise from lack of competency;
  • Self-interest – threats that arise from persons acting in their personal interests for self-benefit;
  • Subjectivity – threats that arise when bias or subjectivity overrules objective evidence;
  • Familiarity – threats that arise from a relationship that clouds objectivity;
  • Intimidation – threats arising from internal or external intimidations;
  • Financial – threats arising from revenue sources;
  • Discrimination – threats arising from any discriminatory behaviours;
  • Risk approach – threats arising from neglecting a continuous risk assessment and failure to implement related preventive and corrective actions.

MJCHT is committed to managing procedures to prevent conflicts of interest, as well as to guaranteeing objective results and non-discrimination, according to the following measures:

  • to engage skilled and qualified staff, and to ensure continuous training is carried out effectively in order to perform all main and supporting processes and operations of MJCHT in a consistent and appropriate manner;
  • to perform a continuous risk analysis on threats to impartiality in regard to internal and external influencing factors, operations and interactions;
  • to be monitored by an independent panel to supervise MJCHT’s related operations;
  • not to render consultancy services and/or internal audit services to companies certified by MJCHT or interested in halal certification, MJCHT does not:
    • advise or consult with its clients on how to address non-conformities;
    • suggest that an issue of a certificate would be simpler, easier or less expensive if a specified consultancy organization were used;
    • provide specific advice or specific training in order to develop and implement a management system or an operational procedure to its clients.
  • not to limit in any way, companies that intend to gain access to MJCHT certification services.

ensuring appropriate application of the requirements and principles defined in ISO IEC 17065.