DHCE Statement on COVID-19

Greetings from the Department of Halal Certification Europe (DHCE) 

DHCE continues to monitor advice to assess the developments and risks following the outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). With the safety and wellbeing of our clients and colleagues our highest priority, we are contacting you to advise of our plans as an organisation during this global health issue.

Taking into consideration the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak, we have reviewed our certification processes and put in place a contingency plan in line with the guidelines of the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) on the management of Extraordinary or Circumstances affecting accreditation and certification bodies. 

The objective of our contingency plan is to minimize the risk to DHCE clients and colleagues whilst at the same time maintaining certification requirements and mitigating potential global trade risks in these extraordinary circumstances.

  • On-site certification assessment visits/Halal audits that were due to take place in March and April will all be rescheduled to a later date
  • To ensure clients continue to have valid halal certification, renewals of the certification will be granted after successful remote assessment 

These measures are being put in place to ensure the health and safety of our Clients and DHCE colleagues, as well as to maintain robust accredited conformity assessment activities and accredited services in the best possible way. 

Should you require any further clarification on this matter, please contact us.

We wish you all the best.

Ms. Shahida Umar
Managing Director DHCE