ISO Survey Results 2017

Compliance Management, ISO Standards, Management Systems

ISO Survey 2017 Findings

On an annual basis the International Standards for Organisation (ISO), carry out a ISO survey looking at the number of valid certificates to ISO management standards (such as ISO 50001 and ISO 9001) reported by a country for that year. ISO themselves do not provide a service to perform certification. Organisations who wish to obtain certification to one or more of these management standards need to procure the services of an independent accredited certification body (such as SGS and NSAI). It is these certification bodies that provide the information following a request from ISO. The information provided for the 2017 survey was current as of the 31st of December 2017.

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The certification bodies that participate are required to have been accredited by members of the International Accreditation Forum (IAF). The IAF is a global association of Accreditation Bodies, Certification Body Associations and other organisations involved in conformity assessment activities in a variety of fields including management systems, products, services and personnel. Their main objective is to create one global program of conformity assessment, reducing risk for business and end users by providing certificates that are recognised and trusted.

The 2017 results were based on 10 management system standards and an overall summary of each these management system standards are detailed below

  1. ISO 9001 – Quality Management System – Requirements

Overall the number of Quality Management System standard certificates issued in 2017 compared with 2016 had reduced. ISO stating the reason was due to a reduction in the number of certificates reported by some data providers that changed their way of reporting their data. This decrease relates to a number of countries and is particularly significant for Italy and Germany.

  1.  ISO 14001 – Environmental Management Systems – Requirements with Guidance for Use

Where there was a decrease in Environmental Management System standard certificates issued in 2017 compared with 2016, ISO stated again that this was due to a change in the way certificates are counted by data providers.

  1.  ISO 27001 – Information Technology – Security Techniques – Information Security Management System – Requirements with Guidance for Use

ISO reported for each country analysed, there was an increase in the issue of Information Security Management System standard certificates issued in 2017 compared with 2016.

  1.  ISO 50001 – Energy Management System – Requirements with Guidance for Use

Again, ISO reported for each country analysed, there was an increase in the issue of Energy Management System standard certificates issued in 2017 compared with 2016.

  1.  ISO 22000 – Food Safety Management System – Requirements for any Organisation in the Food Chain

Overall the number of Food Safety Management System standard certificates issued in 2017 compared with 2016 had increased. A decrease was reported in Central/South America and Europe.

  1.  ISO 13485 – Medical Devices – Quality Management System – Requirements for Regulatory Purposes

Variations in increases and decreases were reported by ISO on the number of Medical Device Quality Management System standard certificates issued in 2017 compared with 2016. No specific reason given.

  1.  ISO 22301 – Societal Security – Business Continuity Management System – Requirements

ISO reported, for each country analysed, an increase in the issue of Societal Security Business Continuity Management System standard certificates issued in 2017 compared with 2016.

  1.  ISO 20000 – 1 – Information Technology – Service Management – Part 1 – Service Management System – Requirements

Again, ISO reported, for each country analysed, an increase in the issue of Service Management System standard certificates issued in 2017 compared with 2016.

  1.  ISO 28000 – Specification for Security Management System for the Supply Chain

ISO reported, for each country analysed except for one country, Central/South Asia, an increase in the issue of Specification for Security Management System for the Supply Chain standard certificates issued in 2017 compared with 2016.

  1.  ISO 39001 – Road Traffic Safety Management System – Requirements with Guidance for Use

Overall ISO reported an increase in the issue of Road Traffic Safety Management System standard certificates issued in 2017 compared with 2016, with two countries, Africa and the Middle East, remaining stable.

ISO reported that overall participation remained the same as the 2016 survey except in a few cases where larger providers of data for a specific country failed to participate. This had an impact on the total, but the variation in the participation concerned the small providers of data. ISO stated that fluctuations in the number of certificates issued in 2017 was down to an important provider of data changed its way of reporting the data which led to significant overall reduction of the number of certificates reported and in the overall results of the survey. Many countries’ totals have been impacted by this diminution. You can refer to our findings on ISO Survey for 2016 here.

In 2017 there was a suppression of data on sites. ISO stated the reason as being data collected in the past was incomplete or not reported which led to inconsistent results. The decision was made by ISO to only show the number of valid certificates to reduce these inconsistences.

ISO also reported a correction to the number of certificates in Germany and Italy. These countries showed a decrease in certificates for 2017. ISO stating that this was due to a change in the way certificates are counted by data providers. This change accounted for the decrease in the number of certificates especially ISO 9001 for the 2017 survey.

Following a review of the results within the ISO 2017 Survey, it is positive to see the overall issue of Management System Standard certificates increasing and organisations achieving formal recognition to these international standards, raising the overall global ISO footprint and creating value for these organisations.

 

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