The latest edition of The ISO Survey of Certifications 2010 contains informative statistics on the global market relevance for ISO’s management system standards for quality, environment, medical devices, food safety and information security.
The overall impact of ISO certifications worldwide show an increase in certificates of 6.23 % with 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 (up by 34 %) and the issue-specific ISO/IEC 27001:2005 information security management system standard which has risen by 21 %.
In relation to ISO 14001:2004 certification, its global relevance for organizations wishing to operate in an environmentally sustainable manner has increased by 27,823 certificates (+12 %) with a worldwide total of 250,972 certificates issued in 155 countries. China, Japan and Spain have the largest number of certificates, while China, the United Kingdom and Spain are the top three for annual growth.
For ISO/IEC 27001:2005 certification, 15,625 certificates had been issued in 117 countries with an annual increase of 2,691 (+21 %) over the same period in 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.
It is rewarding to see that ISO certifications continue to grow on a worldwide basis and that the International Standards developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) are relevant for all sizes of business in all countries of the world.
A summary copy of the survey can be found at http://bit.ly/xCys03.