Management system Standards ISO survey reveals certifications are up by 6

Issue 34 – December 2011

The latest edition of The ISO Survey of Certifications, for 2010, underlines the global market relevance of ISO's management system Standards for quality, environment, medical devices, food safety, and information security. The survey revealed an increase in certificates of 6.23%, a worldwide total of 1 457 912 certificates, and users of one or more of the Standards in 178 countries.

The biggest increases in certification are to the sector-specific ISO 22000:2005 Food safety management systems Standard, which is up by 34% and to the issue-specific ISO/IEC 27001:2005 information security management system Standard which has risen by 21%.

ISO Secretary-General Rob Steele says, 'Indicating nearly a million and a half users at the end of 2010, these figures illustrate the continuing attraction of the ISO management system model pioneered by ISO 9001 for quality management and since extended to meet other challenges faced by public and private sector organisations.'

Certification of conformity is not a requirement of the ISO Standards themselves, which can be implemented without certification for the benefits that they help user organisations to achieve for themselves and for their customers. Nevertheless, many thousands of organisations have chosen certification because of the perception that an independent confirmation of conformity adds value.

Quality management – ISO 9001:2008

ISO 9001:2008, which gives the requirements for quality management systems, remains firmly established as the globally implemented Standard for providing assurance about the ability to satisfy quality requirements and to enhance customer satisfaction in supplier-customer relationships.

Up to the end of December 2010, at least 1 109 905 certificates to ISO 9001 had been issued in 178 countries and economies. The 2010 total represents an increase of 45120 (+4%) over 2009, when the total topped one million for the first time with 1 064 785 certificates.

China retains its number one position at the head of countries for the total number of ISO 9001 certificates, with Italy in second place and the Russian Federation taking the third position. Highest growth in the number of certificates was also in China, followed by the Russian Federation and then Italy.

Environmental management systems – ISO 14001:2004

ISO 14001:2004, which gives the requirements for environmental management systems, retains its global relevance for organisations wishing to operate in an environmentally sustainable manner.

Up to the end of December 2010, at least 250 972 certificates to ISO 14001 had been issued in 155 countries and economies, a growth of 27 823 (+12%).

China, Japan, and Spain are the top three countries for the total number of certificates, while China, the United Kingdom, and Spain are the top three for annual growth.

Quality management for the automotive sector – ISO/TS 16949:2009

ISO/TS 16949:2009 gives the requirements for the application of ISO 9001 by suppliers in the automotive sector. Up to the end of December 2010, at least 43 946 ISO/TS 16949 certificates, a growth of 7%, had been issued in 84 countries and economies.

The top three countries with the highest totals of certificates were China, the Republic of Korea, and the USA, while the top three for growth were China, India, and the Republic of Korea.

Quality management for the medical device sector – ISO 13485:2003

ISO 13485:2003 gives quality management requirements for the medical device sector for regulatory purposes. Up to the end of December 2010, at least 18 834 certificates to ISO 13485:2003 had been issued in 93 countries and economies. The 2010 total represents an increase of 2 410 (+15%) over 2009.

The top three countries for the total of certificates were the USA, Germany, and Italy and the top three for growth since the 2009 survey were Italy, the USA, and the United Kingdom.

Information security management systems – ISO/IEC 27001:2005

ISO/IEC 27001:2005 gives the requirements for information security management systems. At the end of 2010, at least 15 625 ISO/IEC 27001 certificates had been issued in 117 countries and economies. The 2010 total represents an increase of 2 691 (+21%) over 2009.

The three countries with the highest total of certificates were Japan, India, and the United Kingdom, while the top three for growth in 2010 were Japan, China and the Czech Republic.

Food safety management systems – ISO 22000:2005

ISO 22000:2005 gives the requirements for food safety management systems. Up to the end of December 2010, at least 18 630 certificates to ISO 22000 had been issued in 138 countries and economies. This total represents an increase of 4 749 (+34%) over 2009 when the total was 13 881 in 129 countries and economies.

The top three countries for number of certificates were China, Greece, and Turkey and the top three for growth in 2010 were China, Japan, and Greece.

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Related Standards

  • AS/NZS ISO 9001:2008 Quality management systems – Requirements
  • BS EN ISO 13485:2003 Medical devices – Quality management systems – Requirements for regulatory purposes
  • AS/NZS ISO 14001:2004 Environmental management systems – Requirements with guidance for use
  • SAA/SNZ TS ISO 16949:2011 Quality management – Particular requirements for the application of ISO 9001:2008 for automotive production and relevant service part organizations
  • BS EN ISO 22000:2005 Food safety management systems – Requirements for any organization in the food chain
  • AS/NZS ISO/IEC 27001:2006 Information technology – Security techniques – Information security management systems – Requirements

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