The latest results of the yearly ISO Survey are available, which show an estimation of the number of valid certificates to ISO (International Organization for Standardization) management system standards as of 31 December 2019. The scope of the 2019 survey remains unchanged from the previous edition, with a total of 12 ISO management system standards included. A more specific survey on ISO 9001 is currently ongoing.
UNIDO, a long-standing partner of ISO, has assisted enterprises worldwide, particularly Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME), in the application of quality management principles and the implementation of ISO quality management standards (such as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001).
The ISO Survey details the number of valid certificates to ISO management standards reported for each country, each year. ISO does not perform certification itself; therefore, organizations looking to get certified to an ISO standard must contact an independent certification body. The ISO Survey counts the number of certificates issued by certification bodies that have been accredited by members of the International Accreditation Forum (IAF).
Accredited certification is vital for market access (companies exporting to global markets) as goods that bear internationally recognized certification pass through borders more quickly, with a minimized risk of rejection, and supply chain transaction costs are reduced. UNIDO supports national governments in their efforts to build a well-functioning quality infrastructure system, which includes organizations that provide conformity assessment services such as certification.
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