Top 10 Countries for ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 Certifications Worldwide – ISO Survey 2020

Top 10 countries with ISO 9001 certifications

These simpleQuE infographics show the top 10 countries for ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certifications worldwide. The data is based on the 2020 ISO Survey results which estimate the number of valid certificates as of December 31, 2020.  The International Standards Organization compiles the number of valid certificates for the 12 ISO management standards (ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO/IEC 27001, ISO 45001, etc. ) submitted by Certification Bodies accredited by the International Accreditation Forum (IAF).*

The ISO Survey results provide three sets of data for each of the 12 ISO standards including the number of:

  • valid certificates for each country
  • sites covered by the certificates for each country
  • sectors per country covered by the certificates

On the simpleQuE infographics, the focus is on the top 10 countries and their ISO 9001 certifications and ISO 14001 certifications.  Once again China tops the list in both categories in 2020. 

The overall results show an 18% increase from 2019, of the total number of certificates for the 12 management system standards covered in the survey – from 1,357,241 in 2019 to 1,593,031 certificates in 2020. Part of the increase is due to the new ISO 45001 standard (Occupational health and safety) which was published in 2018.

The table below, shows the increase in the number of certificates worldwide from the period of 2018 through 2020, for ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 45001.  The rate of increase for ISO 9001 (4%) and ISO 14001 (12%) has been greater compared to previous years, mainly due to a significant increase in China.

*Note that certification bodies that provide the data for the survey, participate on a voluntary basis. The level of participation my fluctuate from year to year and impact survey results.

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