Latest ISO Certification Survey Results

The annual ISO Survey of Certifications, now in its 14th edition, provides a worldwide view of certification to ISO’s quality and environmental management system standards. The latest edition reveals the situation at the end of 2004, the first full year after the three-year period allowed for transition to the ISO 9001:2000 version.

The worldwide total of certificates to the ISO 9001:2000 quality management systems standard at the end of last year was 670,399, an increase of 35% over the previous year and 64% over 2000, the year before the transition to ISO 9001:2000 began. Certificates have been issued in 154 countries.

With 90,569 ISO 14001 certificates at the end of 2004, an increase of 37% over the previous year, ISO’s environmental management system standard confirms its global progression. Certificates have been issued in 127 countries. The increase in the number of certificates in 2004 is the largest so far recorded in the ten surveys in which ISO 14001 has been included.

For the first time, the survey provides certification data on two ISO standards that include the requirements of ISO 9001:2000, plus sector-specific requirements. It shows that at least 10,056 certificates had been issued in 62 countries to ISO/TS 16949:2002, which gives quality management systems requirements for suppliers to the international automotive industry.

In addition, at least 3,068 certificates had been issued in 56 countries to ISO 13485:2003, the sector-specific quality management standard for the medical device sector.

The survey points out that if the number of certifications to the ISO 9001:2000-based specific quality requirements published by ISO for the automotive industry and the medical device sector is added to the total for ISO 9001:2000 then the aggregate total at the end of 2004 was 683,523.

“Even this figure does not fully reflect the market penetration of ISO 9001:2000,” ISO Secretary General Alan Bryden commented. “ISO 9001:2000 is also the core for specific quality standards developed by major sectors. An example is the telecommunication sector’s TL 9000, which accounts for well over 1,000 certificates. ISO has also worked with the oil and gas industry to develop the ISO 9001:2000 based ISO/TS 29001 and this will no doubt generate many more certifications. The conclusion is that ISO 9001:2000 is providing a common, harmonized base of quality system requirements for global supply chains in one major sector after another.

“In fact, the survey results confirm that both ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 14001 are thoroughly integrated with the world economy. They show that the transition to the improved, more rigorous ISO 9001:2000 version has been a success as the world total of certifications is now far in excess of the total before the transition began. This augurs well for the current transition to the improved ISO 14001:2004.

“One of the development objectives for ISO 9001:2000 was to make it easier for service providers to achieve benefits from the ISO 9000 approach. Therefore, it is both encouraging and highly significant that not only ISO 9001:2000 but also ISO 14001 certification is now highest in the service sectors, each accounting for 31% of all certificates. This validates ISO’s decision to make standards for services one of its major growth areas.”

Top Ten Countries for ISO 9001 Certificates

Rank Country Certificates
1 China 132,926
2 Italy 84,485
3 United Kingdom 50,884
4 Japan 48,989
5 Spain 40,972
6 United States 37,285
7 France 27,101
8 Germany 26,654
9 Australia 17,365
10 India 12,558

Top Ten Countries for ISO 14001 Certificates

Rank Country Certificates
1 Japan 19,584
2 China 8,862
3 Spain 6,473
4 United Kingdom 6,253
5 Italy 4,785
6 United States 4,759
7 Germany 4,320
8 Sweden 3,478
9 France 2,955
10 Korea 2,609

Top Ten Countries for ISO/TS 16949 Certificates

Rank Country Certificates
1 USA 3,693
2 Germany 1,043
3 Mexico 566
4 Spain 526
5 China 459
6 Korea 366
7 United Kingdom 366
8 Czech Republic 307
9 Brazil 299
10 Canada 258

Top Ten Countries for ISO 13485 Certificates

Rank Country Certificates
1 USA 770
2 Italy 678
3 United Kingdom 548
4 Germany 178
5 Switzerland 161
6 France 147
7 Austria 70
8 Sweden 67
9 Canada 57
10 Israel 54

For more information, go to the survey results at ISO’s web site, including world, regional and country breakdowns.