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2010 ISO Survey—Certifications Up by 6%

ISO 22000 and ISO/IEC 27001 show biggest gains

Published: Tuesday, December 6, 2011 - 12:45

The latest edition of “The ISO Survey of Certifications—2010,” from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) underlines the global market relevance of ISO’s management system standards for quality, environment, medical devices, food safety, and information security. The survey reveals an increase in certificates of 6.23 percent, representing 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 food safety management system standard, which is up by 34 percent; and to the issue-specific ISO/IEC 27001 information security management system standard, which has risen by 21 percent.

“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 organizations,” says ISO Secretary-General Rob Steele.

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 ISO 9001 certificates had been issued in 178 countries and economies. The 2010 total represents an increase of 45,120 (more than 4%) over 2009, when the total topped one million for the first time with 1,064,785 certificates.

China retains its No. 1 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.

ISO 14001:2004

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

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

ISO/TS 16949

ISO/TS 16949:2009 gives the requirements for the application of ISO 9001:2008 by suppliers in the automotive sector. Up to the end of December 2010, at least 43,946 ISO/TS 16949:2009 certificates, a growth of 7 percent, 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 United States, while the top three for growth were China, India, and the Republic of Korea.

ISO 13485

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

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

ISO/IEC 27001

ISO/IEC 27001 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 (more than 21%) over 2009.

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

ISO 22000

ISO 22000 gives the requirements for food safety management systems. Up to the end of December 2010, at least 18,630 ISO 22000 certificates had been issued in 138 countries and economies. This total represents an increase of 4,749 (more than 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.

Survey on CD-ROM

ISO makes available the principal findings of the survey free of charge on the ISO Website. More information, including industry sector breakdowns, can be found in The ISO Survey of Certification—2010, available on CD-ROM from ISO national member institutes (see the complete list with contact details).

It may also be obtained directly from the ISO Central Secretariat, price 50 Swiss francs, through the ISO Store.

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