ISO Standards Overview

The Increasing Importance of ISO Certification

(ISO: Geneva) – The principal highlights of “The ISO Survey of Certifications 2009” are that ISO 9001, the global benchmark for quality management, has topped one million certifications, and that certifications to ISO 22000 for food safety management systems, and to ISO/IEC 27001 for information security management systems have rocketed.

ISO states in the introduction to the survey that the 8-percent increase in ISO 9001 certificates, compared with the 3-percent increase in 2008, “confirms the importance of ISO 9001 in the global supply chains and as the pioneering model on which subsequent management system standards have been built and flourish.”

Safe food supply chains are a global priority. ISO 22000 certifications reached at least 13,881 certificates in 127 countries and economies – a rise of 69 percent.

The increasing importance organizations give to information security was demonstrated by the 40-percent increase in ISO/IEC 27001 certifications, which reached 12,934 in 117 countries.

International Organization for Standardization Press Release
October 25, 2010


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