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Spain climbs the global top ten ISO certifications ranking
 

Spain rises several places in the world's top ten main ISO certifications

24/09/2019

  • Spanish companies are among the top ten entities in the world to have the most important certifications, including quality, environmental management, anti-bribery, information and food security, energy management and IT service quality, among others.
  • For example, Spain ranks first in both Europe and the world as regards the number of centres to have obtained ISO 39001 Road Safety certification, and third as regards ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems and ISO 37001 Anti-bribery Management certification.

24 September 2019. Spain is once again among the top ten countries in the world as regards classification of the main certifications and has climbed the rankings for practically all of them. These are the findings of the latest report issued by the International Organisation for Standardization (ISO) for the financial year 2018. AENORSpain's benchmark certification body has played a significant role in placing our country in these outstanding rankings.

The ISO Survey of Certifications report, which is the world's leading record of management system certifications in accordance with international ISO standards, offers two new features this year. Firstly, in order to reflect the market situation more accurately, information about certified work centres is included. And secondly, the report includes data on the following two new certifications: ISO 45001 Health and Safety at Work and ISO 37001 Anti-bribery Management Systems. These certifications are added to those that were already included in previous reports, ranging from the most traditional certifications such as quality management and environmental management, to the most innovative certifications such as information security, quality of information technology (IT) services, business continuity management and road safety, among others.

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

  • ISO 9001 Quality Management. Spain is ranked fifth in the world and third in Europe with nearly 60,000 certified work centres in accordance with 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 incurred on a lack of quality (including direct monetary costs) by focusing on continuous improvement.
  • ISO 14001 Environmental Management. Spanish companies are ranked third in the world and first in Europe with more than 28,000 work centres certified in accordance with ISO 14001. 307,059 organisations have been certified in accordance with the Environmental Management standard worldwide. This certificate helps to prevent environmental damage by using the necessary means to avoid, reduce or control it.
  • ISO 50001 Energy Management. With more than 3,000 centres, Spain continues to be ranked fourth in both Europe and the world as regards the number of ISO 50001 certified centres. There are 46,770 certified organisations worldwide. 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. With nearly 2,000 certifications awarded, Spain is ranked seventh in the world and third in Europe as regards the number of ISO 27001 certified Information Security centres. 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 20000-1 Quality of Information Technology (IT) Services. With more than 300 certifications awarded, Spain climbs four positions to gain the ranking of third in the world and first in Europe as regards the number of certified centres. 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 is ranked tenth in the world and fifth in Europe, with nearly 800 centres certified in accordance with 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.With nearly 400 centres, Spain climbs three positions to become both Europe and the world's leading country as regards the number of certified work centres. This certification helps companies improve operational safety and reduce accidents.
     
  • ISO 22301 Business continuity. Spain is ranked tenth in the world and third in Europe as regards the number of centres certified in accordance with the ISO 22301 standard. 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.

Spain has obtained the following figures for the two certifications included this year, which are: ISO 45001 Health and Safety at Work and ISO 37001 Anti-bribery Management Systems:

  • ISO 45001 Health and Safety at Work. Spain is ranked third in Europe and fourth in the world, with almost 700 certified work centres. This certification proves that companies and institutions have implemented Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems that help them prevent work-related risks by supporting continuous improvement.
  • ISO 37001 Anti-bribery Management Systems. Spain is ranked third in the world and second in Europe as regards the number of centres certified in accordance with the ISO 37001 standard. This certificate helps organisations detect, prevent and properly manage potential criminal conduct involving bribery by proving compliance with legislation and other voluntary commitments.

According to this report, there are nearly 2 million certified organisations worldwide. This demonstrates that companies and institutions see certification as an effective tool to improve their competitive edge, which contributes to generating confidence.