The ISO Survey 2006

Certification to ISO 9001 (for quality management) and to ISO 14001 (for environmental management) increased in both cases during 2006 by 16 %.

During the same period, certification to more recent ISO management system standards for the automotive sector (ISO/TS 16949) and the medical device sector (ISO 13485) increased by more than 60 %.

These are among the principal findings of The ISO Survey – 2006 which for the first time also covered the new ISO/IEC 27001 standard for information security management systems and revealed that nearly 5 800 certificates of conformity to the standard had already been issued in 64 countries.

The above findings underline further the extent to which ISO's management system standards are now thoroughly integrated with the global economy in which they function as practical tools for objectives such as the following:

  • providing assurance about quality in supplier-customer relationships;
  • operating in an environmentally sustainable manner;
  • unifying quality, environmental or information security requirements in sectors and areas of activity;
  • qualifying suppliers in global supply chains;
  • providing technical support for regulators;
  • giving organizations in developing countries and transition economies a framework for participating in global supply chains, export trade and business process outsourcing;
  • assisting in the economic progress of developing countries and transition economies;
  • transferring good managerial practice, and
  • encouraging the rise of services.

"Twenty years after the launching of ISO 9001 and 11 years after the release of ISO 14001, which have both been regularly updated in the light of worldwide experience, the latest survey results show that ISO's management system standard formula continues to win over new converts," ISO Secretary-General Alan Bryden commented. "The fact that 32 % and 27 % respectively of certifications to these standards are now in the service sector underlines the flexibility of the ISO management system approach, as does its adoption as the common core of standards for specific objectives or sectors."

Here are the principal results of The ISO Survey – 2006.

ISO 9001:2000

ISO 9001:2000, which gives the requirements for quality management systems, is now 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 2006, at least 897 866 ISO 9001:2000 certificates had been issued in 170 countries and economies. The 2006 total represents an increase of 123 999 (+16 %) over 2005, when the total was 773 867 in 161 countries and economies.

Organizations providing services accounted for 32,8 % of all ISO 9001:2000 certificates issued up to the end of 2006.

ISO 14001:2004

ISO 14001:2004, which gives the requirements for environmental management systems, confirms its global relevance for organizations wishing to operate in an environmentally sustainable manner.

Up to the end of December 2006, at least 129 199 ISO 14001:2004 certificates had been issued in 140 countries and economies.

The 2006 total represents an increase of 18 037 (+16 %) over 2005, when the total was 111 162 in 138 countries and economies.

Service providers accounted for 27 % of all ISO 14001:2004 certificates issued up to the end of 2006.

ISO/TS 16949:2002

ISO/TS 16949:2002 gives the requirements for the application of ISO 9001:2000 by suppliers in the automotive sector. By the end of 2006, at least 27 999 ISO/TS 16949:2002 certificates had been issued in 78 countries and economies.The 2006 total represents an increase of 10 952 (+ 64 %) over 2005 when the total was 17 047 certificates in 80 countries and economies.

ISO 13485:2003

ISO 13485:2003 gives quality management requirements for the medical device sector for regulatory purposes. Up to the end of December 2006, at least 8 175 ISO 13485:2003 certificates had been issued in 82 countries and economies. The 2006 total represents an increase of 3 110 (+ 61 %) over 2005 when the total was 5 065 in 67 countries and economies.

ISO/IEC 27001:2005

ISO/IEC 27001:2005, which gives the requirements for information security management systems was included in the survey for the first time. Up to the end of 2006, at least 5 797 ISO/IEC 27001:2005 certificates had been issued in 64 countries and economies.

More information

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 – 2006, which is a combined brochure and CD costing 48 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.