Published data of the ISO Survey for 2020

Published data of the ISO Survey for 2020

Published data of the ISO Survey for 2020

Every year ISO conducts a survey of certifications to our management system standards. The survey shows the number of valid ISO management standards certificates (such as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001) that are issued annually for each country.

ISO does not perform certification. Organizations looking to get certified to an ISO standard must contact an independent certification body, such as DQS UkraineThe ISO Survey counts the number of certificates issued by certification bodies that have been accredited by members of the International Accreditation Forum (IAF).


The survey for 2020 shows an estimate of the number of valid certificates as of December 31, 2020. The scope of the 2020 Survey remains unchanged compared to the previous edition – 12 standards of ISO management systems are considered.

The results of the ISO survey contain three documents:

At the same link are surveys from previous years. You can conduct your own analysis by comparing the results of different years.

Conclusions from the results of the Survey

  • Overall results show an increase from 2019 by 18% of the total number of valid certificates for the 12 standards of the management system covered by the survey. Part of this significant increase is due to a significant increase in ISO 45001 certification; this standard was published in 2018 and therefore had a limited number of certificates in the previous Survey.
  • The rate of increase in the number of ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certificates was higher than in previous years: + 4% for ISO 9001 and + 12% for ISO 14001, mainly due to a significant increase in certifications in China.
  • Like previous editions of the Survey, the results show some fluctuations at the level of individual countries, which are explained by factors, related to the non-participation of some certification bodies in the certification for some specific countries. In the 2020 survey, this applies in particular to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 for Belgium, Korea, Mexico, Ireland and the Philippines, and ISO 28000 for China.
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