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Spain in the global top ten for ISO certifications

Spain in the global top ten for ISO certifications


  • Spanish companies rank among the top ten in the world in the number of main certifications they hold: quality, environmental management, information security and food safety, energy management or IT service quality, among others.
  • For example, Spain is the seventh country in the world by number of ISO 9001 Quality Management certificates. It is the most widespread quality management tool in the world, with more than one million organisations effectively implementing it.

30 October 2018. Spain once again ranks among the top ten countries in the world in classification of the main certifications. This is reflected in the latest 2017 report of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). AENORSpain's benchmark certification body has played a significant role in placing our country in these outstanding rankings.

This report, called ISO Survey of Certifications, is the world benchmark in management system certifications according to international ISO standards and is published every year with updated data from all countries. The certificates analysed range from the more traditional quality management or environmental management certificates to the more innovative ones, like information security, IT service quality, business continuity management and road safety, among others.

Spanish companies rank in the top ten for the main certifications:  

  • ISO 9001 Quality Management. Spain ranks seventh in the world with nearly 32,000 certificates according to this standard. ISO 9001 is the most widespread quality management tool in the world, with more than one million organizations effectively implementing it. Among other advantages, this certification improves processes and eliminates the costs -including those that are directly monetary- of 'no quality', opting for continuous improvement.
  • ISO 14001 Environmental Management. Spanish companies rank fifth in the world, with more than 13,000 ISO 14001 certificates. There are 362,600 certified organisations in the world complying with the Environmental Management standard. This certificate helps to prevent environmental damage by using the necessary means to avoid, reduce or control it.
  • ISO 50001 Energy Management. Spain is the eighth country in the world in terms of ISO 50001 certificates, with 568 quality marks issued. There are 22,900 certified organisations in the world. This certificate helps to manage and reduce energy consumption in companies, positively reducing related financial costs and greenhouse gas emissions. Implementing this standard leads to companies saving up to 30% of energy costs.
  • ISO 27001 Information Security. Spain ranks tenth in the world in terms of the number of ISO 27001 Information Security certificates, with more than 800 certifications. This certificate helps to protect and reinforce the information systems in organisations, implementing appropriate controls to ensure the IT system's privacy, integrity and accessibility.
  • ISO 20000 Information Technology (IT) Service Quality.Spain ranks sixth in the world in terms of the number of ISO 20000 certificates, with nearly 200 certifications. This certificate certifies that companies have implemented a Quality Management System in their IT Services, optimizing service efficiency and reducing costs, in an effort to continuously improve.
  • ISO 22000 Food Safety. Spain ranks tenth in the world with nearly 600 certificates according to this standard. This standard sets out the requirements to ensure food safety in all types of organisations in the supply chain, regardless of their size or complexity. ISO 22000 is the only standard that applies to the entire food chain.
  • ISO 39001 Road Safety.Spain ranks fifth in the world by number of certificates according to ISO 39001. There are already over 600 worldwide organisations certified under this standard, this being the second year that ISO has analysed its implementation by country. This certification helps companies improve operational safety and reduce accidents.

  • ISO 22301 Business Continuity. Spain ranks ninth in the world by number of ISO 22301 certificates. This certificate certifies that organisations have implemented and apply a series of controls and measures to handle the general risks faced by the continuity of an organization's business, taking into account global risk management and analysis of the effect of critical processes on the business.

According to this report, there are more than 1.5 million certified organisations in the world, proving that companies and institutions see certification as an effective tool for improving their competitiveness, one which contributes to building trust.