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The latest edition of The ISO Survey of Certifications, for 2010, underlines the global market relevance of ISO's management system standards for quality, environment, medical devices, food safety and information security revealing an increase in certificates of 6.23 %, a worldwide total of 1,457 912 certificates and users of one or more of the standards in 178 countries.

The biggest increases in certification are to the sector-specific ISO 22000:2005 food safety management system standard which is up by 34% and to the issue-specific ISO/IEC 27001:2005 information security management system standard which has risen by 21%.

Russia figures in top-3 leading countries by number of ISO 9001 certificates (3rd position after China and Italy – 62265 certificates) and by growth rate (2rd position after China – 9113 new certificates issued during 2010).

This survey is based upon the data provided by certification bodies on voluntary basis. It accounts certification both under IAF-recognized accreditation systems, e.g. UKAS, SAS, DAR etc, and other national accreditation systems

The question is what hides behind the statistics: operating quality management systems, duly maintained and continuously improved, or conformity on paper? The practice shows that there are all kinds of certificates in the market, and the weight of a certificate varies significantly. But one thing is obvious: ISO 9001 is being actively promoted in the Russian market, and quantity will inevitably turn into quality.

We welcome all stakeholders to share opinion on the survey’s results on our Facebook page SGS Training Russia.

Tatiana Apatovskaya
Marketing Manager for Russia, SGS

t: +7 (495) 775 44 55


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