ISO Certificate Survey

The recently issued ISO Survey – 2007 reveals that ISO management system certificates are held in 175 countries, demonstrating that the international standards have become essential tools of the world economy. The principal findings of the survey are described below:

ISO 9001:2000 (Quality Management):

By the end of 2007, at least 951,486 ISO 9001:2000 certificates had been issued in 175 countries. The 2007 total represents an increase of 54,557, or a 6% increase over 2006. The Service sectors accounted for 32% of the certificates issued.

The increase in 2007 was much smaller than the 16% increase in 2006. According to the survey, several factors may have combined to produce this result:

  • The 2007 survey data collection methodology was strongly re-focused on obtaining figures from primary sources (the certification bodies that actually issue certificates) to reduce the increased possibility of error inherent in obtaining data from the secondary sources (accreditation bodies and databases). This resulted in the totals for several countries being revised downwards.
  • Certification activity slowed down in anticipation of the forthcoming new edition of ISO 9001:2008, with organizations adopting a “wait and see” attitude, as many did in the run-up to the 2000 edition.
  • The market for certification is maturing in certain countries where this activity began early on.
  • The continuing growth of sector- or activity-specific editions of ISO 9001 reduces the number of certifications to the generic standard.
  • The trend for organizations to replace multiple-site certificates by one certificate covering all sites continues, although its extent is difficult to quantify, which reduces the number of certificates.

Top 10 Countries for ISO 9001:2000 Certificates

1. China: 210,773
2. Italy: 115,359
3. Japan: 73,176
4. Spain: 65,112
5. India: 46,091
6. Germany: 45,195
7. USA: 36,192
8. United Kingdom: 35,117
9. France: 22,981
10. Netherlands: 18,922

ISO 14001:2004 (Environmental Management)

At the end of 2007, at least 154,572 certificates had been issued in 148 countries. The 2006 total represents an increase of 26,361 (+ 21%) over 2006. The Service sectors accounted for 29% of certificates issued.

Top 10 Countries for ISO 14001:2004 Certificates

1. China: 30,489
2. Japan: 27,955
3. Spain: 13,852
4. Italy: 12,057
5. United Kingdom: 7,323
6. South Korea: 6,392
7. USA: 5,462
8. Germany: 4,877
9. Sweden: 3,800
10. France: 3,476

ISO/TS 16949:2002 (Quality Management for Automotive Suppliers)

By the end of 2007, at least 35,198 ISO/TS 16949:2002 certificates had been issued in 81 countries. The 2007 total represents an increase of 7,199 (+26%) over 2006.

Top 10 Countries for ISO/TS 16949:2002 Certificates

1. China: 7,732
2. USA: 4,288
3. South Korea: 3,453
4. Germany: 3,068
5. India: 2,008
6. France: 1,165
7. Japan: 1,106
8. Italy: 1,024
9. Brazil: 972
10. Mexico: 947

ISO 13485:2003 (Quality Management for Medical Devices)

Up to the end of 2007, at least 12,985 ISO 13485:2003 certificates had been issued in 84 countries. The 2007 total represents an increase of 4,959 (+62%) over 2006.

Top 10 Countries for ISO 13485:2003 Certificates

1. Germany: 2,204
2. USA: 2,186
3. Italy: 1,482
4. China: 1,329
5. France: 709
6. Switzerland: 608
7. United Kingdom: 589
8. Japan: 456
9. Canada: 406
10. Israel; South Korea: 255

ISO 27001:2005 (Information Security Management)

By the end of 2007, at least 7,732 ISO 27001:2005 certificates had been issued in 70 countries. The 2007 total represents an increase of 1,935 (+33%) over 2006. Service sector organizations accounted for 90% of the certificates issued.

Top 10 Countries for ISO 27001:2005 Certificates

1. Japan: 4,896
2. United Kingdom: 519
3. India: 508
4. Taipei: 256
5. Italy: 148
6. China: 146
7. Germany: 135
8. USA: 94
9. Spain: 93
10. Hungary: 81

You can download the full 27 page Survey Principal Findings PDF file at this ISO Web Page