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 2013 = 1,129,446 (USA = 34,869)
Certificates in 2012 = 1,096,987 (USA = 26,177)
Increase = +32,459 (USA = +8,692)
Percentage = +3% (USA = +33%)

ISO 14001 (Environment)
Certificates in 2013 = 301,647 (USA = 6,071)
Certificates in 2012 = 284,654 (USA = 5,699)
Increase = +16,993 (USA = +372)
Percentage = +6% (USA = +7%)

ISO/TS 16949 (Automotive)
Certificates in 2013 = 53,723 (USA = 3,903)
Certificates in 2012 = 50,071 (USA = 3,811)
Increase = +3,652 (USA = +92)
Percentage = +7% (USA = +2%)

ISO 22000 (Food Safety)
Certificates in 2013 = 26,847 (USA = 157)
Certificates in 2012 = 23,278 (USA = 135)
Increase = +3569 (USA = +22)
Percentage = +15% (USA = +16%)

ISO 13485 (Medical Devices)
Certificates in 2013 = 25,666 (USA = 5,035)
Certificates in 2012 = 22,317 (USA = 4,074)
Increase = +3,349 (USA = +961)
Percentage = +15% (USA = +26%)

ISO 27001 (Information Security)
Certificates in 2013 = 22,293 (USA = 566)
Certificates in 2012 = 19,620 (USA = 415)
Increase = +2,673 (USA = +151)
Percentage = +14% (USA = +36%)

ISO 50001 (Energy)
Certificates in 2013 = 4,826 (USA = 22)
Certificates in 2012 = 2,236 (USA = 6)
Increase = 2,590 (USA = +16)
Percentage = +116% (USA = +267%)

Summary by Standard

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 suppliers’ ability to satisfy quality requirements and to enhance customer satisfaction in supplier-customer relationships.

Up to the end of December 2013, at least 1,129,446 certificates had been issued in 187 countries and economies, three more than in the previous year. The 2013 total represents an increase of 3% (+32,459) over 2012.

The top three countries for the total number of certificates issued were China, Italy, and Germany, while the top three for growth in the number of certificates in 2013 were Italy, India, and the USA.

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 2013, at least 301,647 ISO 14001:2004 certificates, a growth of 6% (+16,993), had been issued in 171 countries, four more than in the previous year.

The top three countries for the total number of certificates issued were China, Italy, and Japan, while the top three for growth in the number of certificates in 2013 were China, Italy, and India.

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 2013, at least 53,723 ISO/TS 16949:2009 certificates, a growth of 7% (+3,652), had been issued in 84 countries and economies, one more than in the previous year.

The top three countries for the total number of certificates were China, the Republic of Korea, and India, while the top three for growth in the number of certificates in 2013 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 2013, at least 25,666 ISO 13485:2003 certificates, a growth of 15% (+3,349), had been issued in 95 countries and economies, two less than in the previous year.

The top three countries for the total number of certificates issued were the USA, Germany, and Italy, while the top three for growth in the number of certificates in 2013 were the USA, China, and Greece.

ISO 27001:2005
ISO/IEC 27001:2005 gives the requirements for information security management systems. At the end of December 2013, at least 22,293 ISO/IEC 27001:2005 certificates, a growth of 14% (+2,673), had been issued in 105 countries and economies, two more than in the previous year.

The top three countries for the total number of certificates issued were Japan, India, and the United Kingdom, while the top three for growth in the number of certificates in 2013 were Italy, India, and the UK.

Note that ISO 27001:2013 was issued late last 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 2013, at least 26,847 ISO 22000:2005 certificates, a growth of 15% (+3,569), had been issued in 142 countries and economies, the same as in the previous year.

The top three countries for the total number of certificates and growth in number of certificates in 2013 were China, Greece, and India.

ISO 50001:2011
ISO 50001:2011 gives the requirements for energy management systems. Up to the end of December 2013, at least 4,826 ISO 50001:2011 certificates, a growth of 116% (+2,590), had been issued in 78 countries and economies, 18 more than in the previous year.

The top three countries for the total number of certificates and growth in number of certificates in 2013 were Germany, the UK, 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.