Halal Certification Organizations in the United Kingdom: An exploration of Halal cosmetic certification

Carrie Amani Annabi, Olufunbi Olajumoke Ibidapo-Obe

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Purpose - The aim of this paper is investigate the role that Halal certifying organizations (HCOs) play in the United Kingdom (UK) in assuring quality in Halal cosmetics.
Design/methodology/approach - 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 if these organizations differ in their definition of ‘Halal’ and ‘Halal cosmetics’ and also considered how effectively their certification signals quality assurance.
Findings - 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 focused on UK certification for Halal Cosmetics by 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.
Originality/value – This study adds value to knowledge on UK Halal cosmetics certification.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-126
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Islamic Marketing
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Halal concept
  • Halal quality
  • Halal cosmetics
  • Halal Certifying Organization (HCO)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Marketing


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