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Malaysian Standard on Halal Food (MS 1500:2009)


The Malaysian Standard entitled ‘Halal Food: Production, Preparation, Handling and Storage – General Guide (MS 1500:2009) was developed under the Malaysian Standard Development System, under the wing of Department of Standardization Malaysia (DSM), Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.


The Malaysian Standard is one of five government initiatives in realizing the dream of establishing Malaysia as the center of halal food.


The standard was developed by the National Industrial Standardization Committee related to Halal matters(ISC I), and is represented by multiple organisations including JAKIM, that acts as the Chairman for the Technical Committee. Please refer to Appendix 1 for an overview of the standardization development system in Malaysia and how ISC I contributes to this system.


This standard contains practical guidelines for the food industry on the preparation and handling of halal food (including nutrient enhancers). It aims to set the ground rules for food products or food businesses in Malaysia. It will be used by JAKIM as the basis for certification whilst other requirements will also be taken into account to complete the certification process.



Refer to Appendix 2 for a summary of the Malaysian Standard development pertaining to halal food.


This document has undergone the process required by international standardization agencies such as; International Standardization Organization (ISO), where the international standardization development system is based on the agreement of all vital parties,including governments, private sectors, NGO's, researchers and professional bodies. Malaysia (DSM) uses the same ISO policy.


It is hoped that in the future, the Malaysian Standard (Government official document) will be promoted internationally and recognized by other countries or blocks such as America, Europe, China and members of ASEAN.



For further information, please contact :

Department of Standardization Malaysia,
Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation,  
Century Square, Tingkat 1 & 2, 
Blok 2300, Jalan Usahawan, 
63000, Cyberjaya, Selangor.



Telephone : 03-8318 0002 
Fax : 03-8319 3131



The Malaysian Standard entitled ‘Halal Food: Production, Preparation, Handling and Storage – General Guide (MS 1500:2009) was developed under the Malaysian Standard Development System, under the wing of Department of Standardization Malaysia (DSM), Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

Applicants who are eligible to apply for the Halal Confirmation Certificate are categorized as follows:

  • Manufacturer/ producer;
  • Distributor/ trader;
  • Sub-contract manufacturer;
  • Repacking;
  • Food premise;
  • Abattoir/slaughter house;

Application for the Halal Confirmation Certificate for national and international markets should be submitted to the JAKIM Halal Hub, as an on-line application.

Application for the Halal Confirmation Certificate for the local market must be submitted directly to JAIN/MAIN, whichever one is relevant.

Applications will be unsuccessful for the following reasons:

  • The company is producing and distributing halal and non halal products;
  • Product is not halal;
  • Natural substance that do not involve any processing;
  • Drugs or products that are categorized as pharmaceutical products by the Ministry of Health Malaysia ;
  • Hair color / hair dye;
  • Processed products which were manufactured overseas;
  • Products that are labeled with names synonymous to confusing terminologies such as ‘bak kut teh’ and so on;
  • Fertilizers and animal feed;

The applicant must fill in the relevant form (s) :

  • Products / Consumer Goods
  • Food Premise
  • Slaughter House

The application must be submitted on-line completed with the attachment of required documents and relevant certificates as listed below:

  • Company profile;
  • Company / business registration;
  • Name and description of product / menu for certification;
  • Ingredients used;
  • Name and address of manufacturer / ingredient supplier;
  • Halal status for ingredients with halal certificate or product specification for critical ingredients (if relevant);
  • Type of packaging material;
  • Manufacturing process and procedure;
  • Other documents such as HACCP, ISO, GHP, GMP, TQM etc. (If any); and
  • Location map of premise / factory.
  • The applicant must create a "Halal Confirmation Certificate" file to store all relevant documents for  reference during premise inspection.


For the purpose of this procedure, the following definitions apply  :


Recognized Authority

Recognized authority refers to JAKIM, JAIN or MAIN, whichever applies.


Islamic Law (Syara')

Islamic Law (Syara’) refers to Islamic law according to the Syafi’e school of thought, or the Maliki, Hambali or Hanafi schools of thought, as decreed by the King of Malaysia and enforced in Wilayah Persekutuan or decreed by the Royal Head of State of any state and enforced in that respective state.


Halal Logo


Halal logo refers to the logo issued by JAKIM/ JAIN/ MAIN and contains:

    • An eight cusp star at the center of a circle.
    • The Arabic word – “حلآل” at the center of the star.
    • The word "HALAL" in Roman alphabets below it.
    • The word “Malaysia” written in Roman alphabets and ماليزيا   in Arabic within the circle of the logo.
    • Two small five cusp stars are positioned to separate the Roman alphabets from the Arabic word mentioned.




"Halal originates from an Arabic phrase that means allowed or permitted by Islamic Law"


The definition of Halal according to the Trade Description Order (Usage of the Term “Halal”) 1975 is as follows:

When the term is used in relation to food in any form whatsoever, in the process of trade or commerce as an aspect of trading or part of an aspect of trading for the referred food, the terms ‘Halal’, ‘Guaranteed Halal’ or ‘Muslim Food’ or any other terms that may be used to indicate or may be understood as meaning to indicate as permissible to be consumed by Muslims and allowed in their religion for the referred food to be consumed, must therefore mean the following, that is, the food for which such terms are being used:

    • Does not stem from or consists of any part of or item from animals that are forbidden to Muslims by Islamic law, or animals that have not been slaughtered according to Islamic law.
    • Does not contain any substance that is considered impure in Islamic law.
    • Is not prepared, processed or manufactured using equipment or utensils that are not free from impurities as defined by Islamic law
    • That, in the preparation, processing or storage stage, does not come in contact with or is stored near any kind of food that does not meet the requirements of para(s) (a), (b) or (c) or any substances that are considered impure by Islamic law.


Food and Beverage Products

Food and beverage products refers to products that are made or produced or are products or produce or output that involve food and beverage.


Consumer Goods

Consumer Goods refers to goods that are not food or beverage based; for instance cosmetics, clothing and equipment.


Food Premises

Food Premises refer to buildings and premises where food and beverage business is conducted including restaurants, food courts, commercial kitchens, cafeterias, bakeries, fast food restaurants, canteens, club/hotel restaurants, kiosks, caterers and others.


Slaughter House

Slaughter house refers to a place or premises for slaughtering and/or processing animals.

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