LRQA ISO Standards Update - ISO Survey shows how management systems help tackle global challenges

The latest ISO Survey of Certifications indicates that achieving certification to ISO management system standards is still very much a priority against the backdrop of all of the major ISO standards being revised. With both ISO 9001 (quality) and ISO 14001 (environmental) at Draft International Standard (DIS) stage, providers of consultancy, assessment, certification and training services are gearing up for potentially the single largest increase in activity in the history of the management systems industry. Interested parties, including organisations, quality/environmental/health & safety managers and consultants and certification bodies are all trying to interpret the changes as they happen.

ISO’s survey shows that a grand total of 1,541,983 certificates had been issued worldwide at December 2013, representing a 4% increase year on year. This annual survey, now entering its third decade, continues to provide a pragmatic picture of certifications to ISO’s management system standards across the globe. On trend from previous years, the latest edition demonstrates reliable performance for all seven ISO management systems standards covered in the survey including quality/automotive quality, environmental, energy, information security, food and medical devices.

Through LRQA’s membership of the Independent International Organisation for Certification (IIOC), we participate in all of the major committees helping to shape the future of the world’ leading ISO standards, including ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 45001 (the new ISO standard for occupational health and safety, set to replace OHSAS 18001).


LRQA has been at the forefront of communicating the changes to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001. Our range of services encompasses gap analysis, training (including in-company management briefings and transition planning and facilitation workshops) and assessment. Our services are designed to make the transition to the new standards as seamless as possible for the many thousands of clients that we serve worldwide. To find out more, visit or email