The rapidly expanding Halal industry is relevant in catering to an ever-growing consumer base. Traditionally identified with the food sector, the Halal industry has grown to cover other industrial segments such as commerce, transport, pharmaceuticals and cosmeceuticals among others. No longer viewed as solely a religious obligation, the Halal standards and principles have grown favourable worldwide due to its quality assurance and its compulsion for Toyyiban that confers the principle of hygiene, nutritive and ethical consumerism that benefit every individual equally regardless of religion.
Established on 20 July 2016, the UoC Halal Science Center is formed primarily to raise awareness of and develop specialised services, especially in the field of Halal pharmaceuticals and Halal cosmeceuticals. The Halal Science Centre offers a variety of services such as research and development on the alternatives of gelatine and magnesium stearate in pharmaceutical and cosmetics manufacturing, consultancy for small and medium enterprises applying for halal certification, substance analysis as well as offering training and consultancy for individuals and institutions embarking in the field of halal science.
To date, the Centre has developed mutually beneficial collaborations between various industrial key players such as Standards Malaysia, Halal International Selangor, Halal Development Corporation, Jabatan Kemajuan Islam Malaysia (JAKIM) and CCM Pharmaceuticals.
To achieve national and international recognition as a go-to centre for consultancy and services pertaining to halal pharmaceuticals and cosmeceuticals to meet the global demands for halal lifestyle.
To raise awareness on halal pharmaceuticals and cosmeceuticals by provision of training, consultancy, top quality research, halal testing and subsequent services to the Asia-Pacific, Middle East regions and globally.
Halal Testing & Analytical Services
The HSC’s Testing & Analytical Lab are able to provide analytical testing services that ensure compliance with MS2424: Halal Pharmaceuticals and other Halal Standards used in Malaysia and the ASEAN region. The laboratory is able to provide services to examine for gelatine, fatty acid profile, etc. The laboratory is currently equipped with PCR, HPLC and GCMS services.
Training & Consultancy
The HSC Training and Consultation Unit provides training to establish expertise and competency in Halal Pharmaceuticals & Halal Cosmeceuticals. Our training modules are tailor-made for a wide variety of audiences in the pharmaceutical industry. We also provide technical assistance and consultancy to the industry on Halal built-in processes, the establishment of the Halal Assurance System, Sertu for Pharmaceuticals, Halal critical areas for pharmaceutical manufacturing and Halal Executive Training. HSC also works jointly with Halal Selangor International and JAKIM in providing training on Halal GMP, Halal Awareness and Halal Certification Requirements, Halal Auditing as well as Halal Assurance Systems.
Halal Executive Training Program
UoC Halal Sciences Centre provide training and certification for Halal Executives through its Halal Executive Training Course.
To produce competent individuals equipped with the knowledge to assist a Halal product manufacturer on the methods and procedures that it would need to implement using best practices to receive Halal Certification.
To meet the Halal Toyyiban standards and compliance employing practical methods, techniques, procedures, technology and tools, to comply with the Malaysian Halal Management Systems (MHMS) 2000.
Halal Awareness & Counselling
A core function of the UoC Halal Science Centre includes raising awareness of halal pharmaceuticals and halal cosmeceuticals. Activities include awareness campaigns, improvement of availability of information pertaining to the halal status of medications, and patient and provider education on the halal formulary and halal product substitutions among others. A database of halal medication listings; is urgently needed for Malaysia and the neighbouring region; a future aim of Halal Science Centre will serve to assure and comfort Muslims and non-Muslims alike seeking Halalan Toyyiban which guarantees safety, hygiene, nutritive and ethical consumerism that benefit every individual equally.
Marketing & Networking
Marketing and networking services provide networking opportunities with a range of stakeholders that include customers and partner organisations, for example, JAKIM, Halal International Selangor (HIS), Jabatan Standard Malaysia and universities. Networking activities also aim at spreading good practices by promoting common standards and guidelines.
As a pioneer in the Halal industry, Malaysia has been able to develop an impressive Halal ecosystem which is further strengthened by the newly developed Halal Industrial Master Plan (HIMP 2030). In 2018, Malaysia’s Halal Market amounted to USD 68.4 billion which cosmeceuticals & pharmaceuticals contributing to USD 7.0 billion and 3.4 billion respectively. A strategic thrust that has been set for strengthening Malaysia’s position as the global halal hub is enhancing R&D in product and process developments and leveraging upon the latest technological developments to expand the product range.
In support of the national agenda, the Halal Science Centre has actively promoted halal pharmaceutical research since 2014 including ongoing pharmaceutical research to discover an alternative to existing lubricants and stabilizers in the market.
On-Going Research Grants
Research Title: Synthesis of Konjac Glucomannan & Kappa Carrageenan as an Alternative Halal Gelatin for Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients in Tablet and Capsule Preparation
Principal Investigator: Prof. Dr. Shamima Abdul Rahman
Research Title: Formulation of Halal Shampoo and Liquid Soap containing Bidara
Principal Investigator: Madam Suraiya Abdul Rahman
Research Title: Synthesis of plant-based gelatin as an alternative halal gelatine for active pharmaceutical ingredients Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Shamima Abdul Rahman
Research Title: Development of an online halal directory for cosmetic ingredients Supervisor: Dr. Wan Rosalina Wan Rosli
Research Title: Halal Formulation of Melicope ptelefolia as antimicrobial cream Supervisor: Dr. Mahani Mahadi
Research Title: Halal Formulation of Kombucha tea as antimicrobial cream Supervisor: Dr. Mahani Mahadi
Research Title: Formulation of paraben and SLS free Halal liquid body soap, containing a combination of Bidara and habbatus sawda (formula A) Supervisor: Mdm. Suraiya Abdul Rahman
Research Title: Formulation of paraben and SLS free Halal liquid body soap, containing a combination of Bidara and habbatus sawda (formula B) Supervisor: Mdm. Suraiya Abdul Rahman
Research Title: Comparison of bioactive composition,Thymoquinone content and Antioxidant Activities of Halal Certified Nigella sativa Oils from different brands of commercially available nigella sativa oil and softgels Supervisor: Mdm. Suraiya Abdul Rahman
Research Title: Halal Cosmetic: A study on ingredients in common cosmetic products used among Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Cyberjaya students Supervisor: Mr. Shaharuddin Abdul Rashid
Research Title: General Public’s Awareness and Attitude on Halal Pharmaceuticals – a Social Media Survey Student: Roshien A/L Moorthy Supervisor: Mdm. Nurdiana Jamil
Research Title: Public’s Awareness and Attitude Towards Halal Medicines – An Online Study of the Egyptian Public Student: Fekry Aly Ahmed Zen Supervisor: Mdm. Nurdiana Jamil
Completed Halal Research in 2022
Research Title: Systematic Literature Review on Halal Pharmaceuticals Student: Muhammad Afiq Aiman bin Azmi Supervisor: Mdm. Suraiya Abdul Rahman
Research Title: Systematic Literature Review on Halal Products Manufacturing Student: Ummi Haani binti Abdul Rahman Supervisor: Mdm. Suraiya Abdul Rahman
Research Title: Systematic Literature Review on Halal Cosmetic Student: Nur ‘Alya Hadirah binti Hazlan Supervisor: Mdm. Suraiya Abdul Rahman
Research Title: Systematic Literature Review on Halal Value Chain Student: Najwa binti Sh Mohamed Supervisor: Mdm. Suraiya Abdul Rahman
Completed Halal Research in 2021
Research Title: Formulation, Evaluation & Comparison of Growth Promoting Effect of Between Two Halal-Formulated Shampoo Student: Alya Shafiqah binti Azlan Supervisor: Mdm. Suraiya Abdul Rahman
Research Title: Development of Halal Shampoo Formulation Containing Combination of Phyllanthus Emblica & Ziziphus Jujuba Student: Sarah ‘Izzati binti Ramli Supervisor: Mdm. Suraiya Abdul Rahman
Research Title: Factors Affecting Consumers’ Intention Towards Purchasing Halal Cosmetics Student: Rodhiatul Syakirah binti Radzuan Supervisor: Mdm. Aslinda Jamil
Completed Halal Research in 2017
Research Title: Halal Status of Pharmaceuticals Products: Knowledge & Perceived Need for Information Public in Selangor. Student: Hanusha A/P Gunasekharan Supervisor: Mdm. Nurdiana Jamil
Research Title: A study On Consumer Purchase Intention towards Halal Cosmetics and Personal Care Products in Selangor, Malaysia. Student: Atifah Fakhriyah Bt Zulfakar Supervisor: Mdm Aslinda Jamil
Research Title: Qualitative study on Issues and challenges in Implementation of MS2424 Sertu Guidelines in Pharma industry. Student: Ahmad Aiman Syazwan Bin Azhar Supervisor: Mdm Suraiya Abdul Rahman
Research Title: Qualitative study on Halal Built-in management in manufacturing Halal pharmaceutical. Student: Nur Farhanah Binti Mohd Noordi Supervisor: Mdm Suraiya Abdul Rahman
Research Title: Halal Built-in Management in manufacturing halal pharmaceutical Industry. Student: Hanisah Binti Ibrahim Supervisor: Mdm Suraiya Abdul Rahman
Research Title: Halal Testing: Evaluation of the effects of Pharmaceutical excipients towards efficiency of polymerase chain reaction. Student: Khadijah bin Shamsul Bahrain Supervisor: Dr Wan Rosalina Wan Rosli Year: 2017
Research Title: Assessment of health care providers’ awareness about Halal Medicine. Student: Siti Aishah Binti Muhamad Supervisor: Dr Yaman Kasab Year: 2017
Research Title: Identification of levels of triglyceride amounts in different animal oils (Including pork). Student: Reshpreet Kaur A/P Pajan Singh Supervisor: Mdm. Ismin Izwani Zainol Abidin
Research Title: Difference in the lubrication efficiency of porcine, bovine and vegetable-derived magnesium stearate in paracetamol tableting). Student: Muhammad Aiman Izzat Bin Abu Hanipah Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Shamima Abdul Rahman
Completed Halal Research in 2016
Research Title: The Qualitative Study on Implementation of MS2424 Sertu Guidelines in Pharmaceutical Industry; Processes, Issues and Challenges. Student: Fatin Zulaikha Supervisor: Mdm. Suraiya Abdul Rahman
Research Title: Qualitative Studies on Malaysian Halal Pharmaceutical Guidelines with other MABIM and Islamic countries. Harmonization with MABIM countries. Student: Muhammad Izwan bin Muhammad Faizal Supervisor: Mdm. Suraiya Abdul Rahman
Completed Halal Research in 2015
Research Title: Knowledge, Attitude and Perception Regarding the Importance of Halal Status of Prescription Medications among Patients in Private Hospital. Student: Puteri Noor Amyrah Binti Khoderun Supervisor: Datin Dr. Mariani Ahmad Nizaruddin
Research Title: Production of Halal Oral Cholera DNA Vaccine – Investigation of porcine contaminations in the commonly used medium and reagents in the production by using Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction. Student: Asma Nadhirah Supervisor: Mdm. Suraiya Abdul Rahman
Research Title: Descriptive Analysis of Trend and Adoption Rate of Halal Pharmaceutical Standard. Student: Amylia Hanani Supervisor: Mdm. Suraiya Abdul Rahman
Research Title: Common challenges faced by Malaysian manufacturers in adopting halal pharmaceutical standard. Student: Tasnim Supervisor: Mdm. Suraiya Abdul Rahman
Completed Halal Research in 2014
Research Title: Evaluation of The Halal Status of Respiratory Medications. Student: Siti Nor Amirah Mohd Isa Supervisor: Dr Wan Rosalina Wan Rosli
Research Title: Exploring the Halal Status of Anti-Infective Agents. Student: Izyani Mohd Zukri Supervisor: Dr Wan Rosalina Wan Rosli
Research Title: Halal Status of Dermatological Medicine Used in PPUM And HAT TM. Student: Ahmad Fahim Fathullah Jabir Fathullah Supervisor: Dr Wan Rosalina Wan Rosli
Research Title: Halal Status of Musculoskeletal Medicines in PPUM and HTM. Student: Nirosha Chandniran Supervisor: Dr Wan Rosalina Wan Rosli
Research Title: The Halal Status of Medication Affecting the Central Nervous System. Student: Nadia Aini Datu Rosmadi Supervisor: Mdm. Nurdiana Jamil
Research Title: Halal Status of Dietary Supplements and Oncology Drugs. Student: Perasna Mahendra Varma Supervisor: Mdm. Suraiya Abdul Rahman
Research Title: Halal Status of Endocrine & Hormonal Medications and The Study on The Knowledge and Awareness of The Halal Status Among Public. Student: Zalikha Anith Zabir Supervisor: Mr. Ahmad Rashidi Mohamed Tahir
Research Title: Exploring Halal Status on Cardiovascular Medication and To Study the Knowledge and Awareness of Halal Status Among Public. Student: Raihana Roslan Supervisor: Mr. Ahmad Rashidi Mohamed Tahir
Research Title: Exploring the Halal Status of GIT & Hepatolobiliary System Medication & Patient Awareness. Student: Farhana Naosherwan Anwar Supervisor: Dr. Afendi Dahlan