Halal Certification of Products by HFCE is necessary for two reasons, one is to assure the muslim consumer that the food product, ingredient, flavour, pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, meat, processed meat product has been checked and verified by an Islamic organisation and meets shariah compliance. The other reason is for export to muslim countries where it is a regulatory requirement.
One method of facilitating both consumer confidence and regulatory requirements is the use of the HFCE halal logo.
The HFCE halal logo is copyright protected it can only be used with the express written permission of HFCE. As part of the process of granting halal certification, HFCE has a contract for the use of the HFCE logo by companies.
If an HFCE client ceases to be certified by HFCE, then the permission to use the logo will also cease unless HFCE give written permission.
Sample of the HFCE Logo:
Acceptable use of the HFCE logo
The licensee may use the halal logo or certification mark solely
Trademarks and service marks are symbols that convey information to the public regarding the source, sponsorship, and/or affiliation of goods and services. Trademarks can be owned and legally protected against unauthorized use under a system of state, federal, and international laws. HFCE owns many marks that it uses throughout the world, HFCE has legal, enforceable rights in its marks. It has a policy for protecting those marks.
Everyone who uses HFCE marks must do so in strict compliance with the law and applicable contracts, codes, and standards.
This is not legal advice, nor is adherence to these guidelines a guarantee of legality. Intellectual property laws vary from country to country and use to use. What is a proper use in one country may be an improper use in another country. Companies are advised to consult their own legal counsel before using HFCE Logo.
Once a stamp has been returned to HFCE, the relinquishing company must remove within 30 days all facsimiles of the stamp in all company materials, especially those intended to promote and market company services. These materials include – but are not limited to – websites, social media, brochures, signage, and promotional media such as telephone book advertising, and print/electronic ads.
No organization other than HFCE is authorized to use the HFCE logo (identified as the blue stylized circular stamp with Halal Food Council of Europe and Halal in English and Arabic within).
Unauthorized use of the HFCE logo may constitute fraud, and the HFCE may employ legal means to cease such usage. Halal certification shall be revoked or denied for illegal use and/or misuse of the HFCE logo in violation of these terms.