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The ISO Survey of Management System Standard Certifications - 2011 has just been released and the results are available for the first time for free download from the ISO Website.

You can also receive a CD of the data for your own analysis, for the cost of postage.

A summary of the statistics is shown in the table below.

ISO Survey 2011 figures

ISO Secretary-General Rob Steele comments: "The results show significant increases in certification to ISO management system standards for information security, environmental management, energy management, and the sector-specific areas of food safety, medical devices and automotive.

"Certification to ISO 9001 for quality management decreased slightly by 1 %. Experts put this down to the revision of the standards that will begin shortly, for planned publication in 2015, and also to continual improvement in verification of the survey data received from multiple sources."

Rob Steele continues: "The survey is a pointer to the evolving global economy and of certification. A number of markets where certification took off in the early 1990s are showing signs of having reached maturity. For example, overall, this is the case of ISO 9001 certification in Europe, but the effect is not evenly spread for Italy is the country that experienced the highest growth in certificates. The East Asia and Pacific region has almost overtaken Europe for the regional share of ISO 9001 certificates.

“Overall, the importance of China as the workshop of the world and as the key link in many global supply chains is underlined. For the total number of certificates and for the growth in certificates from 2010 to 2011, China is in the top 10 countries for six out of the seven standards covered by the survey.

"Another trend seems to be the strong demand for certification to ISO standards in lower-cost labour markets to reinforce their quality and efficiency in the market-place. Their growing competiveness is reflected, for example, in Romania, which is in the top three countries for growth of ISO 9001, ISO/IEC 27001 and ISO 22000 certificates. It was also in the top three for the highest number of certificates to the new ISO 50001."

Here is a summary of the principal results:

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 2011, at least 1 111 698 certificates had been issued in 180 countries and economies, two more than in the previous year. The 2011 total represents a decrease of 1 % (-6 812) over 2010.

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 2011 were Italy, 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 2011, at least 267 457 ISO 14001:2004 certificates had been issued, a growth of 6 % (+15 909), in 158 countries, two more than in the previous year.

The top three countries for the total number of certificates were China, Japan and Italy, while the top three for growth in the number of certificates in 2011 were China, Italy and France.

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 2011, at least 47 512 ISO/TS 16949:2009 certificates, a growth of 8 % (+3 566), had been issued in 86 countries and economies, two more 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 2011 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 2011, at least 20 034 ISO 13485:2003 certificates, a growth of 6 % (+1 200), had been issued in 95 countries and economies, two more than in the previous year.

The top three countries for the total number of certificates were the USA, Germany and the United Kingdom, while the top three for growth in the number of certificates in 2011 were the USA, Israel and Japan.

ISO/IEC 27001:2005

ISO/IEC 27001:2005 gives the requirements for information security management systems. At the end of December 2011, at least 17 509 ISO/IEC 27001:2005 certificates, a growth of 12 % (1 883), had been issued in 100 countries and economies, eight less than in the previous year.

The top three countries for the total number of certificates were Japan, India and the United Kingdom, while the top three for growth in the number of certificates in 2011 were Japan, Romania and China.

ISO 22000:2005

ISO 22000:2005 gives the requirements for food safety management systems. Up to the end of December 2011, at least 19 980 ISO 22000:2005 certificates, a growth of 8 % (1 400), had been issued in 140 countries and economies, two more than in the previous year.

The top three countries for the total number of certificates were China, Greece and Romania, while the top three for growth in the number of certificates in 2011 were China, Italy and Romania.

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 2011, at least 461 ISO 50001:2011 certificates had been issued in 32 countries and economies. The top three countries for the total number of certificates were Spain, Romania and Sweden.

The CD version of The ISO Survey of Management System Standard Certifications - 2011 is available from the ISO Central Secretariat through the ISO Store or by contacting the Marketing, Communication & Information department. It can also be obtained from ISO national member institutes (see the complete list with contact details).

The ISO Survey 2011

A CD containing the results from The ISO Survey of Management System Standard Certifications - 2011. Please note, this data is also available for free download from the ISO website