Halal is an Arabic word that broadly translates to ‘lawful’ or ‘permissible’. In reference to food, it is the dietary standards as prescribed in the Quran (the central religious text of Islam). The opposite of halal is haram, which means ‘unlawful’ or ‘prohibited’. Halal and haram are universal terms that apply to all aspects of life.
The awareness of halal has evolved from an Islamic concept into a viable business proposition and it is attracting Muslim and Non-Muslim consumers alike for its wholesome, hygienic and contamination-free principles in food and non-food products.
Muslims around the world are becoming increasingly affluent and more conscious about what they consume and are becoming more concerned regarding the usage of animal based ingredients like gelatine capsules used in medicinal and pharmaceutical products. The health-conscious consumers will certainly seek preventive and treatment measures to stay healthy or get their health back.
The application of halal standards and compliance will ensure halal products meet the requirement of Muslims and thereby eliminate fears and doubts among Muslim communities with regard to their compliance to halal principles.
As part of fardh kifayah (communally obligatory); a legal obligation that must be discharged by Muslims’, Duopharma Biotech upholds its commitment as the market leader in halal pharmaceuticals, that our halal products are safe for consumption and use; assured of its effectiveness; with high quality standards of ingredients and production; and processed hygienically. In a market with many generic players, halal provides us with the differentiator that sets us apart from other players.
Committed towards providing the best of halal pharmaceutical products, Duopharma Biotech became the first manufacturer in Malaysia to obtain Halal Malaysia certification from the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM) in 1999 under the range of health supplements. Our quality health supplements under renowned brands include CHAMPS, Flavettes, Proviton and Naturalle. These products are produced to cater to the high demand of the halal health supplements’ market. Now, our range of halal health supplements have expanded from vitamins and health supplements to Consumer Healthcare (CHC) medicines such as painkillers or analgesics, eye drops, cough mixtures, ointments for wounds/cuts/bruises, creams for rash/itchiness and many more.
In early 2017, Duopharma Biotech achieved another key milestone when it received accreditation as the first company to receive Halal Malaysia certification for prescription medicines. This demonstrates our commitment to providing the consumers with quality halal medicines, health supplements and consumer healthcare products for consumers.
Duopharma Biotech embraces the principle of a holistic approach to halal pharmaceuticals with the “Halal Built-In, Not Tested For” practice. It is a comprehensive approach taken in ensuring not only our manufacturing facilities are halal-compliant, but the halal concept is adhered to every step of the way from selection of products, technology, raw materials, packaging, logistics and warehousing all the way to the consumers. This is a testament to our commitment in developing products that are totally halal from start-to-end and thus, eliminating any need for testing as the process of determining halal is built-in.
The growing Muslim population worldwide and increasing demand for halal goods present a huge potential and opportunity for halal pharmeceuticals businesses. As reported in the Third Industrial Master Plan (IMP3) 2006 – 2020, the value of the global halal market is USD2.3 trillion annually. According to the Global Islamic Economy Report 2017/18, the Halal Pharmaceutical industry was valued at USD83 billion in 2016, an increase of six percent from 2015 and expected to grow by 8 percent per year to reach USD132 billion by 2022. This sizeable growth opens up opportunities for Malaysia to become a major player and a champion for the Halal Pharmaceutical industry.
Duopharma Biotech has moved forward in establishing strategic collaborations to meet the demands of the Malaysian, ASEAN and the global markets. We will continue to lead the way in growing our presence in the halal pharmaceutical space, and directly ensure the growth of halal phameceutical industry in Malaysia and around the world. We remain committed to this aspiration in producing quality and safe halal products for all consumers and lead the way for the Halal pharmaceutical industry in Malaysia, regionally and globally.