ISO Standards Still A Worldwide Priority

The annual ISO Survey, published in September 2014 is now entering its third decade, and continues to provide a pragmatic picture of certifications to ISO’s management system standards across the globe. On trend from previous years, the latest edition demonstrates reliable performance for all seven ISO management systems standards covered in the survey.

Getting certified to ISO management systems is still very much a priority. This conclusion comes courtesy of the latest ISO Survey of Certifications which records a grand total of 1, 541, 983 certificates issued worldwide at December 2013 – a 4 % increase over last year.

On trend from last year, three sectors exhibit steady growth, in particular information security management (ISO/IEC 27001) and food management (ISO 22001), respectively boasting a healthy 14 % and 15 % increase in certification, while the medical devices sector (ISO 13485) similarly shows a 15 % increment. Strikingly, the U.S. tops the certification charts for medical devices, a field otherwise dominated by Europe which claims a substantial 60 % share of the market.

Worthy of mention, two sectors hold special promise for the future, reflecting the world’s growing preoccupation with sustainability, including soaring energy shortages and a cleaner environment. Most notably, energy management standard ISO 50001 remains in high demand after its 2012 growth spurt, with a progression of 116 %, while ISO 14001 for environmental management, led by a pollution-choked China, records a 20 % increase in several regions.

A sign of the times? Undoubtedly. And certification is expected to rise further in these areas over the next few years, confirming, once again, that ISO management systems not only fulfil a need in the world economy but respond to the urgency of global concerns.

To read the ISO Survey Executive Summary Overview (PDF) and to download the survey results (Excel) visit the ISO Website.

 

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