ISO Survey reveals increase in ISO certificates worldwide

Each year in autumn, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) releases statistics regarding the development of their management system standards. The current numbers as of the end on 2016 confirm the continuing increase in the number of certified organisations worldwide. With regard to the most important ISO standards, there was again a notable increase of 8 % to a grand total of 1.6 million ISO certificates issued worldwide. Here’s an overview; for more details please visit the website of ISO.

Newly included in the ISO survey were the standards ISO 28000 for security management systems in the supply chain (356 certificates) and ISO 39001 for traffic safety (478 certificates).

The globally relatively uncommon standard for Business Continuity Management (BCM), ISO 22301, has continued to increase, with a growth of 23 percent (3,853 certificates); India (1,607 certificates) maintains its top spot.

ISO/IEC 27001, the standard for information security management systems (ISMS), with an increase of 21 percent (33,290 certificates) has grown significantly and fulfilled expectations. The leader here is still Japan (8,945).

The international standard for food safety, ISO 22000, is stagnating at 32,139 certificates. China is leading with 11,069 certificates.

The largest rate of growth, at 63 percent, was achieved by the standard for IT service management, ISO 20000-1. Worldwide, until the end of 2016, 4,537 certificates were issued, most of them in China (1,666).

The environmental standard ISO 14001, with a worldwide increase of 8 percent during 2016, has now achieved 326,189 certificates, of which 23,167 were according to the 2015 version. With considerably more than 100,000 certificates, China (137,230) leads the pack on ISO 14001.

The automotive standard ISO/TS 16949 continues its growth trend to increase the number of certificates by 7 percent to 67,358. The Top Ten list is led by China (28,830).

The energy management standard ISO 50001, with an increase of 58 percent, has experienced another significant increase compared to the previous year to currently 18,976 certificates worldwide – and the trend is for further growth. The majority of about 90 percent have been issued in Europe.

The standard for medical products, ISO 13485, has grown by 13 percent worldwide (29,585 certificates).The US (5,298) are leading here.

Finally, after six years of stagnation, ISO 9001 is showing a significant increase of 6.8 percent to a total of 1,106356 certificates in 187 countries (of which only 80,596 certificates according to ISO 9001:2015). The largest number of certificates were issued in China, with an increase of 20 percent (350,631).

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DQS is now an approved audit firm for Walmart social audits

Some time ago we informed you that DQS CFS had become a member of APSCA, the Association of Professional Social Compliance Auditors. DQS CFS decided to become a member in order to demonstrate the high level of professionalism of its social auditors. One year after joining APSCA, we are getting the results we had hoped for: DQS is now one of the approved audit firms for Walmart social audits. After many months of dialogue with Walmart’s responsible sourcing team, Walmart has decided to approve DQS for social audits conducted in accordance with Sedex SMETA.

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ISO-Revisions: How to conduct the Stakeholder Analysis.

ISO-Revisions: How to conduct the Stakeholder Analysis

September 14, 2018 is rapidly approaching. On this day, all certificates issued according to ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 will lose their validity. For certified sites that have not yet begun the transition to the new versions of the standards, the time to act is now.

At the time of writing, approximately 60 % of all DQS customers have successfully completed the transition to ISO 9001:2015. For organizations that have yet to complete this step, we recommend taking into account the 90-day period for closing any possible non-conformities – meaning the initial audit would have to take place at latest by June 2018.

The Stakeholde Analysis – Here’s how

During the transition audits, we have noticed that a considerable number of organizations struggle with the identification of interested parties, as required by the standards.

In order to assist organizations with the identification of interested parties, DQS has developed a template and a guidance document.

The documents are available free of charge in German and English and can be downloaded on the website of DQS CFS – Competence for Sustainability – here:

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