FDA stands for the Food and Drug Administration, a government agency responsible for the safety of food, dietary supplements, human drugs, vaccines, blood products and other biologicals, medical devices, radiation-emitting electronics, cosmetics, veterinarian products and tobacco products being sold or manufactured in the Philippines. The FDA also inspects and enforces regulations related to these industries.
Organizations that manufacture, re-pack or re-label products in the aforementioned industries must register with the FDA, with the exception of cosmetics, where registration is voluntary.
The registration process varies dependent on the industry but generally involves an annual registration in which organizations are required to list all drugs being manufactured, prepared, propagated, compounded, or processed for commercial distribution in the Philippines. Inspection results for FDA registered organizations are available on the FDA website.
Halal food means food that is permitted under the Shariah (Islamic) Law. This law is based on the Qur’an, Hadith (tradition of the Prophet Muhammad). Ijma (consensus) and Qiyas (deduction by analogy). The qiyas approved by the relevant Islamic Authority.
Halal certification is a certificate of compliance of the religious requirement observed by all Muslims worldwide. It is now accepted scientifically that a Halal certificate is a guarantee of genuineness, best quality, wholesomeness, cleanliness, and best fit for human consumption.
This decision of the Supreme Court of the Philippines in G.R. No. 153888 is the authentic recognition of the Government of the Philippines that IDCP is the duly recognized HALAL authority in the country.
An ECC is a document issued by DENR/EMB after a positive review of the ECC application, certifying that based on the representations of the proponent, the proposed project or undertaking will not cause significant negative environmental impact.
The ECC contains specific measures and conditions that the project proponent has to undertake before and during the operation of the project, and in some cases, during the project’s abandonment phase to mitigate identified environmental impacts.
The ECC also certifies that the proponent has complied with all the requirements of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) System and has committed to implement its approved Environmental Management Plan.