ISO Certificate Survey

ISO has released the results of its annual survey of certifications. The summary below shows the number of worldwide certificates issued for seven of the management system standards, along with the USA totals.

ISO 9001 (Quality)
Certificates in 2012 = 1,101,272 (USA = 26,177)
Certificates in 2011 = 1,079,647 (USA = 25,811)
Increase = +21,625 (USA = +366)
Percentage = +2% (USA = +1%)

ISO 14001 (Environment)
Certificates in 2012 = 285,844 (USA = 5,699)
Certificates in 2011 = 261,957 (USA = 4,957)
Increase = +23,887 (USA = +742)
Percentage = +9% (USA = +15%)

ISO/TS 16949 (Automotive)
Certificates in 2012 = 50,071 (USA = 3,811)
Certificates in 2011 = 47,512 (USA = 3,778)
Increase = +2,559 (USA = +33)
Percentage = +5% (USA = +1%)

ISO 22000 (Food Safety)
Certificates in 2012 = 23,231 (USA = 135)
Certificates in 2011 = 19,351 (USA = 80)
Increase = +3,880 (USA = +45)
Percentage = +20% (USA = +56%)

ISO 13485 (Medical Devices)
Certificates in 2012 = 22,237 (USA = 4,074)
Certificates in 2011 = 19.849 (USA = 3,830)
Increase = +2,388 (USA = +244)
Percentage = +12% (USA = +6%)

ISO 27001 (Information Security)
Certificates in 2012 = 19,577 (USA = 415)
Certificates in 2011 = 17,355 (USA = 315)
Increase = +2,222 (USA = +100)
Percentage = +13% (USA = +32%)

ISO 50001 (Energy)
Certificates in 2012 = 1,981 (USA = 3)
Certificates in 2011 = 459 (USA = 1)
Increase = 1,522 (USA = +2)
Percentage = +332% (USA = +200%

Summary

Spurred by continued economic growth and important industrial and manufacturing production, China remains in the top 10 countries for six out of the seven standards covered in the survey, and is the uncontested leader in the number of certificates issued to ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 22000, and ISO/TS 16949. However, it is Japan that takes the lead in the information security sector (ISO 27001), with around 35% of the certificates delivered.

Certification to ISO/TS 16949 – an adaptation of ISO 9001 requirements for the automotive field – shows an excellent growth rate, largely due to the strong automobile industry in the USA that has almost 20% of the total number of certificates issued.

Finally, the survey results suggest that the new energy policy of the German government is the driving force behind the unprecedented growth in certifications to ISO 50001, placing Germany far ahead of other countries. This trend is expected to rise over the next few years as the short-term benefits of energy efficiency become noticeable.

Overall, the ISO survey provides a useful barometer of the evolving global economy. Figures bear out, once again, the sustained demand for certification in the Asia-Pacific region as well as in lower-cost labor markets (such as India) as a means of reinforcing their quality credentials in the world marketplace. With a worldwide total of 1,504,213 certificates across 191 countries, the survey underscores the global market relevance of ISO management systems.

ISO 9001:2008

ISO 9001:2008 gives the requirements for quality management systems. Certification to the standard is used in global supply chains to provide assurance about a supplier’s ability to satisfy quality requirements and to enhance customer satisfaction in supplier-customer relationships.

Up to the end of December 2012, at least 1,101,272 certificates had been issued in 184 countries and economies (four more than in the previous year). The 2012 total represents an increase of 2% (+21,625) over 2011.

The top three countries for the total number of certificates issued were China, Italy, and Spain, while the top three for growth in the number of certificates were Spain, China, and Romania.

ISO 14001:2004

ISO 14001:2004, 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 2012, at least 285,844 ISO 14001:2004 certificates, a growth of 9% (+23,887), had been issued in 167 countries, nine more than in the previous year.

The top three countries for the total number of certificates issued were China, Japan, and Italy, while the top three for growth in the number of certificates in 2012 were China, Spain, and Italy.

ISO/TS 16949:2009

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 2012, at least 50,071 ISO/TS 16949:2009 certificates, a growth of 5% (+2,559), had been issued in 83 countries and economies, three less than in the previous year.

The top three countries for the total number of certificates were China, the Republic of Korea, and the USA, while the top three for growth in the number of certificates in 2012 were China, India, and the Republic of Korea.

ISO 13485:2003

ISO 13485:2003 gives quality management requirements for the medical devices sector for regulatory purposes. Up to the end of December 2012, at least 22,237 ISO 13485:2003 certificates, a growth of 12% (+2,388), had been issued in 97 countries and economies, two more than in the previous year.

The top three countries for the total number of certificates issued were Germany, the USA, and Italy, while the top three for growth in the number of certificates in 2012 were Italy, Germany, and the USA.

ISO 27001:2005

ISO 27001:2005 gives the requirements for information security management systems. At the end of December 2012, at least 19,577 ISO 27001:2005 certificates, a growth of 13% (+2,222), had been issued in 103 countries and economies, three more than in the previous year.

The top three countries for the total number of certificates issued were Japan, the United Kingdom, and India, while the top three for growth in the number of certificates in 2012 were Romania, Japan, and China.

Note that ISO 27001:2013 was issued this year and is not reflected in the survey results.

ISO 22000:2005

ISO 22000:2005 gives the requirements for food safety management systems. Up to the end of December 2012, at least 23,231 ISO 22000:2005 certificates, a growth of 20% (+3,880), had been issued in 142 countries and economies, two more than in the previous year.

The top three countries for the total number of certificates issued were China, India, and Greece, while the top three for growth in the number of certificates in 2012 were China, Romania, and Japan.

ISO 50001:2011

ISO 50001:2011 gives the requirements for energy management systems. It was published in mid-June 2011. Up to the end of December 2012, at least 1,981 ISO 50001:2011 certificates, a growth of 332% (+1,522), had been issued in 60 countries and economies, 28 more than in the previous year.

The top three countries for the total number of certificates were Germany, Spain, and  Denmark, while the top three for growth in the number of certificates were Germany, Denmark, and Italy.

Survey Data

The full data set (Excel files in a zip) is available for download free of charge at this ISO Survey web page.