COMSTECH-SMIIC Training Course


Jointly Organized by OIC Standing Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation (COMSTECH) and the Standards and Metrology Institute for Islamic Countries (SMIIC) in collaboration with the Moroccan Institute of Standardization (IMANOR)

Venue: The Moroccan Institute of Standardization (IMANOR), Rabat

Date: 20 - 24 May, 2024

Deadline for applications: 3rd May, 2024



In view of the diversity of several products, including processed food and other items of daily use in the present day, authentication and confirmation of their Halal nature is a growing challenge globally. Beside the environmental contaminants, both biological and chemical, addition of non-halal ingredients, which is prohibited for Muslims, are a matter of concern.  In recent years, awareness about Halal food and products has increased due to the cross contamination of several industrial products in our daily life. However, with increasing globalization, many Islamic countries import these products (or ingredients) from places, which do not observe the Islamic religious laws. It is therefore, imperative for the Muslim countries to establish Halal testing laboratories, which will ensure the ‘Halal’ status of the consumer products.

COMSTECH, SMIIC and other OIC institutions/organizations have been mandated by the Abu Dhabi Declaration (Second OIC Summit on Science & Technology, June 2021) to develop the capacity of Least Developed Countries of the OIC relevant to Halal (Clause # 32).


Course Objectives

The objective of this training courses is to encourage the harmonization of Halal Standards used in the OIC Countries and internationally by aiding in the adoption and use of the OIC/SMIIC Halal Standards. The training course is designed to train the participants from Arab -OIC Member States regarding the procedures for adoption, implementation and use of the OIC/SMIIC Halal Food Standards, mainly:

  1. OIC/SMIIC 1:2019 - General Requirements for Halal Food
  2. OIC/SMIIC 2:2019 - Conformity Assessment and Requirements for Bodies Providing Halal Certification as well as about the Testing Procedures standards such as Test Method for detection of porcine in Food Products and cosmetics and Test Method detection of ethanol in Food Products and cosmetics which are being developed at SMIIC Technical Committees
  3. Auditing of Testing Labs in line with OIC/SMIIC 35 - Conformity Assessment - General Requirements for the Competence of Laboratories Performing Halal Testing.


The aim is to transfer knowledge and skills, and to develop the human capital, while bridging the knowledge gap and enlightening the compliance requirements set forth by the regulatory bodies in the OIC Countries.


Practical session: A practical session will be conducted for a limited number of selected participants to transfer hands-on knowledge in halal laboratory testing methods. 


Who Should Attend?

The training course is designed to address the interest of scientists, research scholars, government officials, statutory policymakers, enforcement officers, and food safety auditors in OIC/SMIIC Halal Products Standards and Testing.


Travel & Local Hospitality:

The organizers will cover the flight tickets and accommodation expenses (7 nights) from Category-1 countries as listed below to attend the training. Please also note that there is a limit of maximum 11 (eleven) participants whose expenses will be borne by SMIIC, and COMSTECH. (Comoros, Djibouti, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Palestine, Somalia, Sudan, Tunisia, Yemen).


The training is also open to Category II countries as listed below. Limited funds are available to cover accommodation expenses of shortlisted participants from Category II countries. Participants are expected to cover the flight tickets from parent organizations. (Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia,   United Arab Emirates)


COMSTECH will arrange local hospitality for selected participants. Travel support will be provided to the speaker/resource persons only. Participants are expected to get their travel funding from their parent organizations/country of origin.


Registration Process:

  1. For physical participation register at the following link: https://www.smiic.org/en/meeting-registration/traininginmorocco
  2. For virtual participation register at the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUpd--tpjkvGdfAt5EPFFlFOA2WAogJQVRJ
  3. Read instructions in the application form carefully and submit a properly filled form along with your CV. Foreign participants must submit a scanned copy of passport.
  4. Selected candidates will be notified through email; hence, applicants are required to check their emails regularly.


Workshop Coordinators:


Muhammad Haris Akram
Program Manager
COMSTECH, Islamabad.
Email: haris@comstech.org
Phone: +92 51 9220681


Çağrı Cankurtaran
SMIIC, Istanbul.
Email: cagri.cankurtaran@smiic.org
Phone: +90 532 561 63 93