UAE Halal Certification Scheme (UHCS)

UAE Halal Certification Scheme (UHCS)

The UAE Halal Certification Scheme (UHCS) was developed by Emirates Authority for Standards & Metrology (ESMA) to provide a framework for the requirements of certifiers for Halal products being imported into the UAE. The scheme is based on the certification of premises and products to the UAE.S 2055-1: HALAL products – Part one: Certification requirements, GOS 993: Animal Slaughtering Requirements according to Islamic Law and GSO9: Labelling of pre-packaged foodstuffs.

In 2016, ESMA announced to Australian and New Zealand authorities that meat products being exported to the UAE would need to be certified in order to gain entry. And this certification would need to be issued by accredited Halal Certification Bodies (HCBs). These bodies would need to be accredited to the requirements of UAE.S 2055-2 – Halal products – Part two: General Requirements for Halal Certification Bodies. These bodies, and the accreditation bodies undertaking the accreditation to this standard, need to be approved by ESMA.

Applicant CABs will need to apply to ESMA in the first instance. Their approval is required before JAS-ANZ can commence the accreditation process. The process for approval is described on the ESMA website at


  • Provides a framework for Halal certification of food products for trade to the United Arab Emirates.
  • Provides consumers of Halal food products, and ultimately other products and services, with confidence as to the safety of the products, and their compliance with Islamic requirements.

Scheme owner

Emirates Authority for Standards & Metrology (ESMA)

More information

An application pack, application form and other relevant material is not available on this site. These documents are available through our SharePoint portal. If you are a body that we currently accredit, you can access this information through the Shared CAB Portal. If you are a new applicant, please complete an application enquiry form. Once this form is submitted, the Secretariat will contact you to advise the next steps. For other stakeholders, please submit your inquiry through the online feedback form.

More information about ESMA and the scheme can be found on the EMSA website at  Please note that this site is available in both Arabic and English.