ISO Survey 2019

ISO Survey 2019

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ISO Survey 2019

ISO Survey 2019 has recently been published.

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The ISO Survey of Certifications is an annual assessment to determine the number of valid certificates to ISO management system standards worldwide, issued by IAF-accredited certification bodies. The most up-to-date ISO Survey covers the 2019 calendar year.

This blog will assess the global trends in certification and also the trends in both the Republic of Ireland (RoI) and the United Kingdom (UK).

Table 1 Global uptake of ISO Management System Standards in 2019 (and 2018 for comparison)

StandardDiscipline20192018
Total CertsTotal SitesTotal CertsTotal Sites
ISO 9001:2015Quality Management883,521

(↑ 1%)

1,217,972

(↑ 3%)

878,6641,180,965
ISO 14001:2015Environmental312,580

(↑ 2%)

487,950

(↑ 9%)

307,059447,547
ISO/IEC 27001:2013Information Security36,362

(↑ 14%)

68,930

(↑ 15%)

31,91059,934
ISO 22000:2018 (& 2005 version)Food Safety33,502

(↑ 4%)

39,651

(↑ 10%)

32,12036,105
ISO 45001:2018Health and Safety38,654

(↑ 223%)

62,889

(↑331%)

11,95214,607
ISO 13485:2016 (& 2003 version)Quality – Medical Device23,045

(↑ 18%)

31,508

(↑ 31%)

19,47224,123
ISO 50001:2018 (& 2011 version)Energy Management18,227

(↑ 1%)

42,215

(↓ 3%)

18,05946,770
ISO 22301:2019 (& 2012 version)Business Continuity1,693

(↑ 12%)

6,231

(↑ 18%)

1,5065,282
ISO/IEC 20000-1:2018IT Service Management6,047

(↑ 14%)

7,778

(↑ 8%)

5,3087,225
ISO 28001:2007Supply Chain Security1,874

(↑ 204%)

2,403

(↑ 261%)

617666
ISO 37001:2016Anti-bribery872

(↑ 124%)

4,096

(↑ 166%)

3891,541
ISO 39001:2012Road Traffic Safety864

(↑ 58%)

1,852

(↑ 30%)

5471,422

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From Table 1, we can conclude that ISO 9001 remains the most popularly adopted management system standard with 65% of the total number of certificates issued and 62% of the total sites covered by management system standards.

Other interesting trends can be observed in Table 1 above, chiefly:

  • All standards: The total number of certificates and sites certified has increased globally for all management system standards, save for a small reduction in number of sites certified to ISO 50001.
  • ISO 45001:2018: This standard has shown a rapid growth since its release in 2018 – an increase of over 26,000 certs (223%) and over 48,000 sites (331%) compared to 2018. It is likely this trend will continue through 2020 and 2021 as the organisations currently certified to its predecessor OHSAS 18001 transition to ISO 45001:2018. The transition period is scheduled to end in March 2021
  • ISO 27001:2013: The number of certificates and site certified to ISO 27001:2013 continued to grow and this may be attributed to organisations implementing cyber security measures to counteract the upward trend of hacking/phishing and ransomware attack.

Table 2 Uptake of ISO Management System Standards in 2019 (and 2018 for comparison) for ROI and UK

StandardDiscipline20192018
Total Certs

(ROI)

Total Sites

(ROI)

Total Certs

(UK)

Total Sites

(UK)

Total Certs

(ROI)

Total Sites

(ROI)

Total Certs

(UK)

Total Sites

(UK)

ISO 9001:2015Quality Management2,554

(↑ 2%)

2,975

(↑ 4%)

25,292

(↓ 4%)

36,222

(↓ 2%)

2,4942,85426,43436,950
ISO 14001:2015Environmental975

(↑ 2%)

1,710

(↑ 3%)

11,420

(↑ 2%)

21,913

(↑ 0%)

9571,66011,20121,809
ISO/IEC 27001:2013Information Security221

(↑ 3%)

310

(↓ 0%)

2,818

(↑ 15%)

5,251

(↑ 11%)

2143112,4444,723
ISO 22000:2018 (& 2005 version)Food Safety63

(↓ 10%)

63

(↓ 10%)

91

(↑ 1%)

139

(↓ 5%)

707085146
ISO 45001:2018Health and Safety382

(↑ 148%)

459

(↑ 170%)

2,954

(↑ 218%)

5,389

(↑ 253%)

1541709281,525
ISO 13485:2016 (& 2003 version)Quality – Medical Device43

(↓ 16%)

71

(↑ 13%)

716

(↓ 8%)

809

(↑ 1%)

5163778802
ISO 50001:2018 (& 2011 version)Energy Management173

(↓ 12%)

429

(↓ 44%)

1184

(↑ 3%)

3203

(↑ 3%)

19776111533111
ISO 22301:2019 (& 2012 version)Business Continuity12

(↑ 20%)

16

(↓ 16%)

305

(↑ 5%)

609

(↑ 8%)

1019290564
ISO/IEC 20000-1:2018IT Service Management25

(↑ 19%)

30

(↑ 11%)

157

(↑ 9%)

244

(↑ 4%)

2127144235
ISO 28001:2007Supply Chain Security0012

(↓ 94%)

14

(↓ 93%)

00198200
ISO 37001:2016Anti-bribery2

(↑ 200%)

7

(↑ 250%)

25

(↑ 47%)

97

(↑ 106%)

021747
ISO 39001:2012Road Traffic Safety011

(↓ 92%)

18

(↓ 83%)

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From Table 2 above, it can be seen that the global trends in uptake of standards is also represented across the RoI and the UK. ISO 9001 is the most popular standard, followed (in order) by ISO 14001, ISO 45001, ISO 27001 and ISO 50001.

Other interesting trends can be observed in Table 2 above, chiefly:

  • ISO 9001:2015: The number of certificates and sites certified to ISO 9001 in the UK has decreased slightly in comparison with 2018 data.
  • ISO 45001:2018: This is the most rapidly growing standard in both Ireland and the UK. As stated above, this is likely to continue until all current OHSAS 18001 certifications have transitioned to ISO 45001.
  • ISO 50001:2018: Although the second edition of ISO 50001 was released in late 2018, it does not have the same growth rate as ISO 45001. In RoI, the number of certificates and specifically sites certified to ISO 50001 in 2019 is markedly less than in 2018. This may be due to a small number of organisation who have a large number of sites not maintaining certification to ISO 50001. This decrease may also coincide with the conclusion of the second phase of the Energy Efficiency Regulations in ROI and Energy Efficiency Obligation Scheme in the UK, both of which transpose Article 8 of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive 2012. This requires non-SMEs to obtain certification to ISO 50001 or undertake a high quality energy audit every four years, with the second phase concluding in December 2019. Certain organisation previously certified to ISO 50001 may have decided to undertake a high quality energy audit instead.
  • ISO 13485:2016 The number of certificates to ISO 13485 has decreased in 2019, whereas the number of sites certified has increased over the same period. This may point to organisations opting for corporate certification rather that having each site independently certified, when migrating from the earlier edition of the standard.
  • ISO 28001:2017 and ISO 39001:2012: Certification for both of these standards have greatly reduced in the UK.

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