A total of 1,609,294 ISO related certificates were issued worldwide in 2014, an increase of 448,846 from 2013.
A total of 1,609,294 ISO related certificates were issued worldwide in 2014, an increase of 448,846 from 2013. This moderate growth confirms the trends from the past two years that most ISO management system standards have now reached a steady implementation speed which endorses their current and future longevity in the market. The global share of certification to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 have stabilised with overall growth of 1% and 7% respectively, the publication of the 2015 editions of these standards are expected to give both standards a new lease of life. ISO 50001 and ISO 22000 have proven to be the strongest performers with an overall growth of 40% and 14% respectively.
The uptake of ISO 9001 has slowed on a global level due to the fact that many of the world’s largest companies are already certified to this standard and are branching out to more specific standards outside of quality. The uptake may have slowed also as companies may have been waiting to get certified to the 2015 version of the standard, instead of implementing ISO 9001:2008 and then transitioning to the new standard.