​​​​​​​​​​About Emira​​​​tes Authority for Standardization and Metrology

Coined by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai in 2013 as the capital of the Islamic Economy in the world, Dubai has caused a historic stir in the Arab and Islamic world. Therefore, proving that the policies of openness and free market economy of the state are similar to economic sectors across the globe.  

Dubai's economic model for the UAE, lays down integrated solutions, ingredients to rapid growth, states the absorption capacity, scope of development and a strong foundation to assume the state's regional, and global economic potential thereby positioning the state as a secure prominent hub for business, trade, finance and other opportunities.

Over the years, Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology has necessitated the provision of quality infrastructure, monitored the activity of credit through development, sustainability, ensured compatibility and met requirements of international practices, and procedures with the demands of the region. Following Dubai's achievement during the last economic and social period, it has now resurfaced with refined objectives to preserve the predominant goals and continue to value the efforts of physical investments provided by the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology.

To achieve this vision, Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology has taken prior measurements.  Issued by the 19 Council of Ministers Resolution No.10 of the national legislative system for Halal products in January 2014; the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology has now introduced a special 'Emirati system' for the control of Halal products. This system comprises of basic elements pertaining to Halal products, destination certificates and accreditation bodies such as the Halal certification mark that constitutes the optimal model to ensure the sequence of processing, and obtaining Halal products.

This legislative system opens up new ventures for understanding and applying appropriate applications for Arab specifications. This system also applies to all partners, public and private sectors within the state.

Please click on the link for more details (Presentation):​

  • Emirati system for the control of Halal products-The Council of Ministers Resolution No. (10) for the year 2014 LI​​N K
  • Chairman of the Board's Decision No. (37) for the year 2014 on the adoption of the list of registered abattoirs LINK
  • General regulations of the organizational procedures for National Mark of Halal (emblem) - Board Resolution No. (34) for the year 2014 LINK 

Services provided to support the Halal product  system:

1. Halal Registration procedure: Basically the process of registration involves an initial registration (Steps 1 and 2), followed by accreditation (Step 3) and completion of remaining registration formalities (Step 4).

Prerequisite for Initial Registration: The Halal Certification Bodies (HCBs) shall proceed for Halal initial registration only after ensuring that their organization is implementing all the clauses of the applicable standards mentioned in Table 1. Please follow the link http://www.esma.gov.ae/en-us/Services/Pages/Purchase-Standards.aspx  for steps to procure the standards on payment basis and for customer care service.


Table 1: Details of Standards*
Scope of the Halal certification Body Title of the Standard Ref No of the Standard**


Certification of Product(s)

Halal products - Part one: General Requirements for Halal Food UAE.S  2055 -1
Halal products - Part (2) : General Requirements for Halal Certification Bodies UAE.S 2055 -2



Certification of Slaughter houses

Halal products - Part one: General Requirements for Halal Food UAE.S 2055 -1
Animal Slaughtering Requirements According to Islamic Rules UAE.S 993
Hygienic Regulations For Poultry Processing Abattoirs And Their Personnel UAE.S GSO  713
Hygienic Regulations for Food Plants and Their Personnel UAE.S GSO  21
Labelling of Prepackaged Food Stuffs UAE.S GSO  9

*    In addition to these standards, the HCBs shall comply with the relevant technical standards which are appropriate to their products.

**Always refer the latest version of the standard.

Step 1 – The applicants are requested to note that our scope is confined to certification of slaughter houses, certification of food products and certification of cosmetic products. The applicants are requested to use appropriate application form, as mentioned below, and forward it to the this E mail ID
halal​@esma.gov.ae  after the application is duly signed and stamped.​

ScopeApplication Form
Slaughter Houses CG-01-1​1 Rev 4
Food Products CG-01-12 Rev 4
Cosmetic Products CG-01-15 Rev 4

Step 2 – Acceptance of application and payment of Fees: ESMA will study the application and if it is acceptable then the customer will be informed about the mode of payment of the initial registration fees (AED 1000 without any deductions). The customer shall make the payment only at this stage and send the copy of the receipt of payment to us. After ensuring that the customer has made payment as per the instructions, ESMA will forward the application to one of the approved accreditation bodies (see below) and the customer is informed about the same. Now the application is considered to have completed the initial registration.

List of the Accreditation Bodies approved by ESMA: Click Here​

Step 3 - Accreditation: The customer shall contact the approved accreditation body, to which its application is forwarded by ESMA (see step 2), and complete all the formalities and the procedures of accreditation of the approved accreditation body. The customer shall get the accreditation from the above mentioned accreditation body within eight months from the date of initial registration.

Customer(s) who directly proceed for accreditation, without initial registration, are not considered as the customers of Halal Registration and ESMA bears no responsibility in such cases.

Step 4 – Completion of Registration: On successful completion of accreditation the customer shall come back to ESMA in order to obtain the registration certificate after the payment of required registration certificate fees.

2. Halal certification bodies: Details will be provided as and when the certification bodies complete the process of registration​

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