Growing number of ISO Certifications
The latest ISO International Standard Organization survey reveals that ISO certifications were increasing by 6 % worldwide.
The fastest growing sector (+34%) was ISO22000:2005 food safety management system standard followed by ISO7IEC 27001:2005 information security management system standard with a plus of 21%.
The globally implemented standard for providing assurance about the ability to satisfy quality requirements and to enhance customer satisfaction in supplier-customer relationships is ISO 9001:2008 and until the end of 2010 over 1109905 certificates (+4 %) of that type were issued in 178 countries and economies.
Also ISO 14001:2004 for environmental management systems were popular and 250972 certificates (+12 %) were issued in 155 countries and economies.
More details on the performance of other ISO standards can be had from the website.
In this context it has to be added that the ISO International Standard 26000 is one of the three documents being recommended by the EC European Commission on guidance for European enterprises to fulfil their commitment to social responsibility. The other two documents are the United Nations Global Compact and the Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises developed by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
ISO launched this year already a new ISO 19011 Standard (Guidelines for auditing managements systems) destined to add value to management system audits (internal or external). The standard has been expanded to reflect current thinking and the complexities of auditing multiple management system standards (MSS).