A focus on ISO statistics in use

A focus on ISO statistics in use

ISO, the International Standardisation Organisation has revealed – for the first time ever – the detailed 2011 statistics on ISO Standards in use. At TextileFuture, we feel that we should bring these to your attention because it reveals many different aspects – however not specifically on textile relevant details, but most are also valid for these sectors – for your personal business planning

The most important certification to ISO management systems standards are for information security, environmental and energy management and the sector-specific areas of food safety, medical devices and automotive.

Table 1 shows the summary of the most important ISO Standards in use


As we all know, the most used standard is ISO 9001 for quality management, and its certification decreased slightly by one percent. Experts explain this fact with the revision of the standards that will begin shortly, for publication in 2015, and also to continued enhancement in verification of the survey data received from multiple sources.

According to ISO Secretary-General, Rob Steele the survey is a pointer to the evolving global economy and of certification. There are a number of markets where certification took off in the early 1990s and those are showing signs of having reached maturity. For example, overall, this is the case of ISO 9001 in Europe, but there are exceptions such as Italy experiencing the highest growth in certificates. The East Asia and Pacific region has almost overtaken Europe in view to the regional share of ISO 9001 certificates. The importance of China as the workshop of the world and as the key link in many global supply chains, such as textiles and clothing, are underlined. For the total number of certificates and for the growth in certificates from 2010-11.

Another trend is the strong demand for ISO standards in lower cost labour markets to reinforce their quality and efficiency in the market place. Their growing competitiveness is reflected, for instance in Romania, which is in the top three countries for growth of ISO 9001, ISO/IEC 27001 and ISO 22000 certificates, and in the third rank also of the highest number of certificates to the new ISO 50001.

The detailed results of the major ISO standards

As stated above, ISO 90001:2008 is the most used worldwide ISO Standard for quality management systems. Certification to the standard is used in global supply chains – among textile and clothing and also textile machinery – and is providing 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 1111698 certificates had been issued in 180 countries, this is 6812 or one percent less than 2010.

ISO 14001:2004 standard for environmental management systems, and it retains its global relevance for organisations wishing to operate in an environmentally sustainable manner. At the end of December 2011 at least 264457 certificates have been issued, plus 15909 or + 6 % in 158 countries and there were two more than 2010. Here the top countries for all certificates are China, Japan and Italy and the top three for growth of certificates in 2011 were China, Italy and France.

ISO/TS 16949:2009 standard is aimed at the requirements for the application of ISO 9001:2008 by suppliers in the automotive sector. Up to the end of December 2011, at least 47512 of ISO/TS 16949:2009 certificates (+ 3566 or + 8%) were issued in 86 countries and economies. There were two more than 2010. The top three nations were China, South Korea and USA, whereas the highest growth in 2011 was noted in China, India and South Korea.

ISO 13485:2003 standard entails management requirements for the medical device sector for regulatory purposes and at the end of 2011 at least 20034 such certificates were issued (+1200 or +6 %) in 95 countries and economies, two more than in 2010. The top three countries for the total of certifi0cates were the USA, Germany and Great Britain, while top growth countries in 2011 were USA, Israel and Japan.

ISO/IEC 270001:2005 standard gives the requirements for information security management systems. AT the end of 2011 at least 17509 such certificates were granted in 100 countries, a growth of 1883 or plus 12%. There were eight less than in the previous year. Japan, India and Great Britain were the top holders and Japan, Romania and China were responsible for growth in 2011.

ISO 22000:2005 standard states the requirements for food safety management systems and there were at least 19980 certificates issued in 140 countries and economies (+ 2) or a plus of 1400 or 8 %. The top holders were China, Greece and Romania and the ones responsible for growth in 2011 were China, Italy and Romania.

ISO 50001:2011 is geared at the requirements for energy management systems. It was published in mid-June 2011 and up to 2011 at least 462 such certificates have been issued in 32 countries and economies. The top three countries are Spain, Romania and Sweden.



Virginia’s reflections

TextileFuture welcomes the expansion of all standards because they contribute to the fact that competition becomes fairer and more comparable. However, there are still countries also faking standards by buying certificates to show their competence, especially to foreign buyers, but at the end of the day, they have no management systems to match the requirements of the standards. With other words, they show certificates without having done the workload required. However there is growing hope that more and more of such countries realise that such illegal business processes and their tolerance are ruining the reputation of a nation and its laws. In addition laws and surveying bodies become stricter to detect and punish such procedures. Also, the culpable will be named in public, including the publishing of the punishment. This leads in many cases to bankruptcy of the indicted companies.

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