ISO Survey of Certifications

The recently published “ISO Survey of Certifications – 2005” sheds light on the roles played in globalization by ISO’s standards for quality and environmental management systems. Here is a selection of the main findings.

Global Trade: ISO 9001 is now firmly established as the globally accepted standard for providing assurance about the quality of goods and services in supplier-customer relations. At least 776,608 ISO 9001:2000 certificates had been issued by YE2005 in 161 countries and economies, an increase of 18 % over 2004, when the total was 660,132 in 154 countries and economies.

Sustainable Business: Similarly, ISO 14001 confirms its global relevance for organizations wishing to operate in an environmentally sustainable manner. By YE2005, at least 111,162 ISO 14001 certificates (1996 and 2004 versions consolidated) had been issued in 138 countries and economies, an increase of 24 % over 2004, when the total was 89,937 in 127 countries and economies.

Unifying Base: The status of ISO 9001:2000 as a unifying base for the quality requirements of specific sectors, and its use to qualify suppliers in global supply chains, is illustrated by the growth of ISO/TS 16949:2002 certification in the automotive sector. By YE2005, at least 17,047 ISO/TS 16949:2002 certificates had been issued in 80 countries and economies, an increase of 70 % over 2004 when the total was 10,019 certificates in 62 countries and economies.

Technical Support for Regulation: The use of ISO 9001:2000 as technical support in regulated areas is illustrated by the growth of certification to ISO 13485:2003 in the medical device industry. By YE2005, at least 5,065 ISO 13485:2003 certificates had been issued in 67 countries and economies, an increase of 111 % over 2004 when the total was 2,403 in 55 countries and economies.

Rise of Services: The rising importance of services in the global economy is borne out by the survey – nearly 33 % of ISO 9001:2000 certificates, and 31 % of ISO 14001 certificates, in 2005 went to organizations in the service sectors. The latter statistic also illustrates that good environmental management is not just for “smoke stack” industries – and that service providers are accepting their social responsibilities in this area.

Top Ten Countries
ISO 9001:2000:
1. China = 143,823
2. Italy = 98,028
3. Japan = 53,771
4. Spain = 47,445
5. United Kingdom = 45,612
6. USA = 44,270
7. Germany = 39,816
8. India = 24,660
9. France = 24,441
10. Australia = 16,922

ISO 14001:2004 (and 1996):
1. Japan = 23,466
2. China = 12,683
3. Spain = 8,620
4. Italy = 7,080
5. United Kingdom = 6,055
6. USA = 5,061
7. Korea = 4,955
8. Germany = 4,440
9. Sweden = 3,682
10. France = 3,289

ISO/TS 16949:2002:
1. USA = 3,693
2. China = 2,151
3. Germany = 2,115
4. India = 954
5. France = 854
6. Korea = 834
7. Spain = 726
8. Mexico = 495
9. Brazil = 480
10. United Kingdom = 476

ISO 13485:2003:
1. USA = 1,310
2. United Kingdom = 973
3. Germany = 824
4. Switzerland = 367
5. Japan = 211
6. France = 153
7. Canada = 146
8. Pakistan = 114
9. Israel = 107
10. Sweden = 85

The abridged findings of the 2005 survey, which is now in its 13th year, are provided free of charge in this ISO Survey of Certifications PDF file.