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Halal certification organizations in the United Kingdom: An exploration of halal cosmetic certification

Carrie Amani Annabi (Faculty of Logistics and Supply Chain Management, SML, Heriot-Watt University, Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Olufunbi Olajumoke Ibidapo-Obe (Logistics and Supply Chain Management Programme, SML, Heriot-Watt University, Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

Journal of Islamic Marketing

ISSN: 1759-0833

Article publication date: 6 March 2017




The aim of this paper is to investigate the role that halal certification organisations (HCOs) play in the UK in assuring quality in halal cosmetics.


The study evaluates whether halal certification assures the quality of halal cosmetic products. This research evaluated the quality assurance systems of major UK HCOs, using a hypothetical product as a test vehicle. The investigation considered whether these organisations differ in their definition of “halal” and “halal cosmetics” and also considered how effectively their certification signals quality assurance.


The study indicated that there is a failure to adopt holistic halal terminology which implies that within the UK halal cosmetics industry, manufacturers may not be working within agreed standards for halal product integrity.

Research limitations/implications

This study focussed on UK certification for halal cosmetics by three HCOs and disregarded other forms of halal businesses. The literature review is based solely on literature available in the English language. The study lacks generalisability, as only one hypothetical product was tested; therefore, it was not possible to reach an understanding of all the costs involved in UK HCO certification.

Practical implications

This study undertook a comprehensive literature review on halal certification to produce a comparison of halal sanctioning laws, certification processes and the level of supply chain verification by UK HCOs.


This study adds value to the knowledge on UK halal certification.



Annabi, C.A. and Ibidapo-Obe, O.O. (2017), "Halal certification organizations in the United Kingdom: An exploration of halal cosmetic certification", Journal of Islamic Marketing, Vol. 8 No. 1, pp. 107-126.



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