Top 10 Countries for ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 Certifications Worldwide – ISO Survey 2021
What are the Top 10 Countries for ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 Certifications?
These simpleQuE infographics show the top 10 countries for ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certifications worldwide based on the 2021 ISO Survey results which estimate the number of valid certificates as of 12/31/21. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) compiled the number of valid certificates for 16 ISO management system standards (ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO/IEC 27001, ISO 45001, etc.) submitted by Certification Bodies accredited by members of the International Accreditation Forum (IAF).*
The ISO Survey 2021 results provide three sets of data including the number of:
- valid certificates for each country for 16 ISO management system standards
- sites covered by the certificates for each country for 12 of the ISO standards
- sectors per country covered by the certificates for 13 of the ISO standards
According to the survey, there were 1,077,884 ISO 9001 certificates and 420,433 ISO 14001 certificates worldwide in 2021! On the simpleQuE infographics, the focus is on the top 10 countries and their ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certifications. Once again China tops the list in both categories in 2021.
Top 10 Countries for ISO 9001 Certificates (see infographic above)
- China – 426,716
- Italy – 92,664
- Germany – 49,298
- Japan – 40,834
- UK – 39,682
- India – 36,505
- Spain – 31,318
- USA – 25,561
- France – 21,918
- Brazil – 16,268
Top 10 Countries for ISO 14001 Certificates
- China – 217,592
- Japan – 21,976
- Italy – 18,135
- UK – 17,378
- Spain – 14,122
- India – 9,275
- Germany – 9,256
- Korea (Republic of) – 6,886
- France – 6,392
- Romania – 6,174
The Numbers of ISO Management System Standards Certifications are Going Up!
The table below, shows the increase in the number of certificates worldwide from the period of 2018 through 2021, for ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 45001. The rate of increase for ISO 9001 (18%) and ISO 14001 (27%) has been greater compared to previous years, mainly due to a significant increase in China. As a new standard, ISO 45001 certificates have increased 96% over the 4-year period (Read our blog about ISO 45001 to learn more about this occupational health and safety standard.) All the standards covered by the ISO Survey experienced growth of the number of certificates.
*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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