ISO 9000 and ISO 14000 at Record Levels

Record increases took place last year in the number of registration certificates issued to organizations for ISO 9000 quality management systems and ISO 14000 environmental management systems.

This record setting development was revealed in the 11th cycle of The ISO Survey of ISO 9000 and ISO 14000 Certificates. The annual survey by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) provides a snapshot of the worldwide impact of ISO’s best-known standards.

ISO 9000: By the end of December 2001, at least 510,616 ISO 9000 certificates had been awarded in 161 countries and economies, an increase of 101,985 certificates (+ 24.96 %) over the end of December 2000. This was by far the highest increase recorded in all 11 cycles of the survey carried out since January 1993.

ISO 9001:2000: Of the ISO 9000 total, 44,388 were ISO 9001:2000 certificates, the single standard which is replacing the 1994 versions of ISO 9001, ISO 9002 and ISO 9003  (organizations have up to 15 December 2003 to migrate to the new version). The revised standard, therefore, accounted for 43.53 % of certificates awarded in 2001 and 8.70 % of the overall total.

ISO 14000: Up to the end of 2001, at least 36,765 ISO 14000 certificates had been awarded in 112 countries or economies, an increase of 13,868 (+ 60.57 %) over the end of December 2000. This was by far the highest increase recorded in the seven cycles of the survey in which ISO 14000 has been included, starting with the results at the end of December 1995.

For the full survey, go to: http://www.iso.org/iso/en/prods-services/otherpubs/pdf/survey11thcycle.pdf