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ISO Survey - Certifications up by + 6 %

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The ISO Survey 2010

The latest edition of The ISO Survey of Certifications, for 2010, underlines the global market relevance of ISO's management system standards for quality, environment, medical devices, food safety and information security revealing an increase in certificates of 6.23 %, a worldwide total of 1 457 912 certificates and users of one or more of the standards in 178 countries.

The biggest increases in certification are to the sector-specific ISO 22000:2005 food safety management system standard which is up by 34 % and to the issue-specific ISO/IEC 27001:2005 information security management system standard which has risen by 21 %.

ISO Secretary-General Rob Steele comments, "Indicating nearly a million and a half users at the end of 2010, these figures illustrate the continuing attraction of the ISO management system model pioneered by ISO 9001 for quality management and since extended to meet other challenges faced by public and private sector organizations."

ISO 9001:2008

ISO 9001:2008, which gives the requirements for quality management systems, remains firmly established as the globally implemented standard for providing assurance about the ability to satisfy quality requirements and to enhance customer satisfaction in supplier-customer relationships.

Up to the end of December 2010, at least 1 109 905 ISO 9001 certificates had been issued in 178 countries and economies. The 2010 total represents an increase of 45 120 (+4 %) over 2009, when the total topped one million for the first time with 1 064 785 certificates.

China retains its number one position at the head of countries for the total number of ISO 9001 certificates, with Italy in second place and the Russian Federation taking the 3rd position. Highest growth in the number of certificates was also in China, followed by the Russian Federation and then Italy.

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 2010, at least 250 972 ISO 14001:2004 certificates had been issued in 155 countries and economies, a growth of 27 823 (+12 %).

China, Japan and Spain are the top three countries for the total number of certificates, while China, the United Kingdom and Spain are the top three for annual growth.

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 2010, at least 43 946 ISO/TS 16949:2009 certificates, a growth of 7 %, had been issued in 84 countries and economies.

The top three countries with the highest totals of certificates were China, the Republic of Korea and the USA, while the top three for growth were China, India and the Republic of Korea.

ISO 13485:2003

ISO 13485:2003 gives quality management requirements for the medical device sector for regulatory purposes. Up to the end of December 2010, at least 18 834 ISO 13485:2003 certificates had been issued in 93 countries and economies. The 2010 total represents an increase of 2 410 (+15 %) over 2009.

The top three countries for the total of certificates were the USA, Germany and Italy and the top three for growth since the 2009 survey were Italy, the USA and the United Kingdom.

ISO/IEC 27001:2005

ISO/IEC 27001:2005 gives the requirements for information security management systems. At the end of 2010, at least 15 625 ISO/IEC 27001:2005 certificates had been issued in 117 countries and economies. The 2010 total represents an increase of 2 691 (+21 %) over 2009.

The three countries with the highest total of certificates are Japan, India and the United Kingdom, while the top three for growth in 2010 were Japan, China and the Czech Republic.

ISO 22000:2005

ISO 22000:2005 gives the requirements for food safety management systems. Up to the end of December 2010, at least 18 630 ISO 22000:2005 certificates had been issued in 138 countries and economies. This total represents an increase of 4 749 (+34 %) over 2009 when the total was 13 881 in 129 countries and economies.

The top three countries for number of certificates were China, Greece and Turkey and the top three for growth in 2010 were China, Japan and Greece.

Survey on CD-ROM

ISO makes available the principal findings of the survey free of charge on the ISO Website. More information, including industry sector breakdowns, can be found in The ISO Survey of Certifications – 2010, on a CD-ROM. It is available from ISO national member institutes (see the complete list with contact details).

It may also be obtained directly from the ISO Central Secretariat, price 50 Swiss francs, through the ISO Store or by contacting the Marketing, Communication and Information department.

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 principal findings free of charge as a public information service.