Vitamin D: NICE Guidelines on Halal recommendation

The big news about the NICE guidelines is the recognition that Halal supplements must be made readily available to at risk patients.  It follows that healthcare professionals should consider HALAL when recommending or prescribing vitamin D products to Muslim patients, or producing a formulary of vitamin D products.  Muslims in the UK are among the most at risk of vitamin D deficiency and consequently the health conditions associated with vitamin D deficiency.

Professor Mike Kelly, who was involved in producing the NICE guidelines, said: “Around 10 million people in England may have low vitamin D status and so could be at risk of health problems – and they may not know it.”


NICE have clearly defined Halal as

“foods or non-food items such as cosmetics or pharmaceuticals permitted by and prepared according to Islamic law.”

It is presumed that only products carrying independent certification from recognised Halal Certification organisation will be recommended as a Halal option. This is the only way that healthcare professionals can comply with the NICE guidelines.

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Happy New Year 2015

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Vitamin D: NICE calls for Halal options to Prevent Deficiency

The National Institute for Care and Health Excellence (UK) is about to publish guidelines for the prevention of Vitamin D Deficiency after a long period of consultation.

Vitamin D is essential for skeletal growth and bone health. Severe Vitamin D deficiency can result in rickets (among children) and osteomalacia (among children and adults). Some scientific research suggests that low Vitamin D levels contribute to a risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, dementia, infertility, MS and many other diseases. National surveys suggest that the majority of Asian/Afro-Caribbeans in the UK may have low Vitamin D status. Continue reading

Authorised and Approved Halal Certification Companies in the UK

Halal is an Arabic word referring to what is permissible under Islamic Sharia law. The word halal is mostly used to refer to food, drinks and medicine that is deemed acceptable for Muslim consumption. To be considered Halal, the ingredients and method of production have to be comprehensively checked to guarantee they adhere to the Islamic dietary laws. Products and ingredients that are forbidden to consume include pork and pork by-products, lard, blood and items containing alcoholic elements.

Here in the United Kingdom, many different organisations in several different industries are proudly certified as Halal, however, there are companies around the UK, which bypass the certification and claim to be Halal. Below are recognised and authorised Halal certification organisations here in the UK.

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What is Halal in Medical Terms?

This article provides an overview of the Islamic belief system and relates it to the consumption of medical products.
In Islam, any food and drink that can be consumed by a Muslim is termed as Halal.
The general principle of Sharia Law, which is the social, legal and moral framework of Islam, is that all food and drink is halal, unless there is a clear prohibition. For medicine to be deemed halal, the ingredients and method of production that is used, must be thoroughly checked to ensure they adhere to Islamic laws. For food to be deemed halal especially meat, the slaughter and preparation of animals for consumption must be in accordance to Sharia Law. However, the biggest challenge for Muslims seems to be obtaining details on ingredients and sources from manufacturers of pharmaceutical products.

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Guidelines for Halal Certification of Medicines and Food Supplements – Brunei Darussalam

This post is a quick overview of the internationally recognised document and code on the Brunei Darussalam Guidelines for Manufacturing and Handling of Halal Medical Products, Traditional Medicines and Health Supplements. The aim of the guideline is to clarify the requirements which must be complied with in order to obtain an internationally recognised Halal Certificate and Halal Permit. The key part of this statement within the guide is that the ENTIRE PROCESS has to be deemed as Halal otherwise it is not considered Halal. This makes you wonder and question procedures around the world of companies who only claim to have Halal ingredients but not Halal procedures, yet then have “Certified Halal” stamped all over on their products, websites, leaflets, patient information leaflets, advertisements and so on. The certification process includes adequacy, compliance and any follow-up audits by appointed certified auditors. The Halal certificate will then be valid for one year from date of issue and renewal of the certification should be done not less than 30 days prior to the expiration date. The Halal label should be used on every relevant package/box after the Halal Permit has been issued. One of the key declarations in the guideline includes making sure every “manufacturer/place/place of business should produce/prepare only Halal product” in their production line. Every company that applies for the Halal certificate and label must ensure that “all raw ingredients used are Halal” and suppliers or sub-contractors who supply only Halal materials or have Halal certification are selected. Another key declaration within the guideline is “The use of equipment or appliances at the premises must be clean and free from filth according to Hukum Syara’ and not hazardous to health,” as well as making sure there is a good practice for a good code of work ethics with good hygiene practices and making sure all employees are trained on the Halal Principles. The full document will make you aware of, application procedures for Halal certificate and Halal label, discuss fees, expenditure, auditing, evaluation, maintenance, renewal as well as much more.

You can read and make yourself aware of the entire internationally recognised Brunei Darussalam Guidelines for Manufacturing and Handling of Halal Medical Products, Traditional Medicine and Health Supplements by clicking the link below: