The ISO Survey of Certifications – 2007 reveals certification activity around one or more of ISO's management system standards in 175 countries, up from 170 in 2006 – "a clear demonstration", according to the survey, " that they have become essential tools of the world economy".
ISO Secretary-General Alan Bryden comments: "The survey illustrates in a very concrete manner the extent to which ISO management system standards are meeting the organization's strategic objective of 'global relevance' – in other words, adding value for the organizations that use them all over the world."
The principal findings of the survey are as follows:
ISO 9001:2000 (quality management)
Up to the end of December 2007, at least 951 486 ISO 9001:2000 certificates had been issued in 175 countries and economies. The 2007 total represents an increase of 54 557 (+ 6 %) over 2006, when the total was 896 929 in 170 countries and economies. Services again accounted for 32 % of all certificates issued.
The increase appears much smaller than in 2006 (+16 %) and 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 secondary sources (accreditation bodies and databases). This has resulted in the totals for several countries being revised downwards.
- Certification activity slowed down in anticipation of the forthcoming new edition of ISO 9001, 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, and also reduces the number of certificates.
ISO 14001:2004 (environmental management)
Up to the end of December 2007, at least 154 572 certificates had been issued in 148 countries and economies. The 2007 total represents an increase of 26 361 (+ 21 %) over 2006, when the total was 128 211 in 140 countries and economies. The service sectors accounted for 29 % of certificates issued, up from 27 % in 2006.
ISO/TS 16949:2002 (quality management for automotive suppliers)
Up to the end of December 2007, at least 35 198 ISO/TS 16949:2002 certificates had been issued in 81 countries and economies. The 2007 total represents an increase of 7 199 (+ 26 %) over 2006 when the total was 27 999 certificates in 78 countries and economies.
ISO 13485:2003 (quality management for medical devices)
Up to the end of December 2007, at least 12 985 ISO 13485:2003 certificates had been issued in 84 countries and economies. The 2007 total represents an increase of 4 959 (+ 62 %) over 2006 when the total was 8 026 in 81 countries and economies.
ISO/IEC 27001:2005 (information security management)
At the end of December 2007, at least 7 732 ISO/IEC 27001:2005 certificates had been issued in 70 countries and economies. The 2007 total represents an increase of 1 935 (+ 33 %) over 2006 when the total was 5 797 in 64 countries and economies. Service sector organizations accounted for 90 % of the certificates issued.
The survey results continue to shed light on the evolution of the global economy, with newly emerging economies such as China, India, Brazil and the Russian Federation appearing among the leading countries for totals of certificates issued, or growth during 2007. Countries other than the established industrialized economies showing intensive certification actitivity include Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, Poland, Romania, Thailand and Turkey.
ISO makes available the principal findings of the survey free of charge on the ISO Web site. More information, including industry sector breakdowns, can be found in The ISO Survey of Certifications – 2007, which is a combined brochure and CD costing 50 Swiss francs. It is available from ISO national member institutes (see the complete list with contact details) and from the ISO Central Secretariat through the ISO Store or by contacting the Marketing & Communication department (see Sales enquiries, right-hand column).
Note to Editors
Certification of conformity is not a requirement of the ISO standards themselves, which can be implemented without certification for the benefits that they help user organizations to achieve for themselves and for their customers. Nevertheless, many thousands of organizations have chosen certification because of the perception that an independent confirmation of conformity adds value.
ISO itself does not perform certification to its standards, does not issue certificates and does not control certification performed independently of ISO by other organizations. However, it frequently receives requests for information on the number of certificates and this led the organization to undertake The ISO Survey. ISO provides the basic results free of charge as a public information service.