A National Competence Centre in halal products and services is to be created under the auspices of Roskachestvo (the Russian Quality Agency).
The Centre’s objectives will include the establishment of a list of Russian national halal standards to align with international standards and a reduction in producers’ certification costs through the recognition of national certificates in other countries. The Centre’s activities will include standardization, certification, product quality monitoring and the promotion of certified Russian halal products in the domestic market and abroad.
The annual turnover of the global halal industry has already exceeded $2 trillion. This is a dynamically developing sector, the growth rate of which has recently been at least 5% per year. In addition, the factor of the Muslim population increase in the world contributes to the fact that by 2025 a share of halal products will be at least 20% of the total produced products in the world.
“Over the past three years, Russia has succeeded in doubling exports of products that meet halal standards. In 2021, Russia supplied halal products worth a record $180 million to the Persian Gulf states alone. The biggest importers were Saudi Arabia and the UAE. However, Russia is not intending to stop at the countries of the Middle East. The export of Russian halal products to Arab countries should reach $400 million by 2024 and $700 million by 2030. The new National Competence Centre will build domestic and international consumers’ trust in halal products,” said Maxim Protasov, Head of the Russian Quality System (Roskachestvo).
Combining the capabilities of Roskachestvo and the
Roscongress Foundation will create conditions conducive to boosting the
development of halal, enabling industry experts to have an open dialogue about
the development of a methodology for halal food production and to raise this
methodology to the levels of safety and quality regulation adopted in the main
sectors of the food industry.