Achieving and maintaining ISO registration isn’t easy or cheap. So it’s only natural that companies might occasionally wonder whether it continues to be relevant, or more to the point, a justifiable expense. In this article, we’ll argue that, while interest in ISO certification does not appear to be growing, it has mostly remained consistent over a the past 5-7 years. with a very gradual decline over that time.
First published in 1987, the ISO 9000 family of standards saw dramatic growth during the 1990’s and into the 2,000s. The chart below, compiled by Wikipedia.org shows growth in ISO Requirements Certificates from 2005 to 2011. Source: ISO.org Survey of ISO
ISO 9001 Declines Slightly, Other Standards Grow
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The chart below shows the change in certificates for various popular certifications from 2010 – 2011. While ISO 9001 saw a slight decline as indicated above, several other standards showed significant growth in number of certificates issued.
What About Search Interest?
Viewed from a different perspective, how much interest was there in ISO certification based on Google searches? A quick visit to Google trends shows that interest in “ISO Registration” has fluctuated over time with a slight decline in interest from 2005 to 2013.
Today, over 1,000,000 ISO 9001 certificates are outstanding, worldwide. From these numbers, we can clearly see that although interest in ISO registration may not be enjoying robust growth of late, it isn’t going way any time soon. Further, ISO standards are vital in certain industries to maintain the safety of consumers and likely will be for many years to come.
If your company is not required by your suppliers to be ISO registered, you may nevertheless find that having that certificate is a lot like having a college degree. It’s a fundamental accomplishment that while not required could limit opportunity for those who don’t have it.
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