The ISO Survey 27th Cycle (2017) data has been released, and shows a 5% drop in worldwide certificates to ISO 9001, aligning with a prior Oxebridge prediction.

The United States lost a staggering 18% of certificates, dropping to just over 25,000 certificates, the lowest since 2010. At its peak in 2006, the United States boasted 44,883 certificates, meaning the nation now has lost nearly half of the ISO 9001 certificates it once had. Oxebridge lays the blame for this on the changes made to the ISO 9001:2000 standard, which began ISO’s tendency to allow consultants to dominate the standards development process, resulting in long-winded, expensive and vague standards.

Oxebridge’s model predicts by 2020, the US may drop below 10,000 certificates nationwide for the first time since 1995, as a result of the imposition of “risk-based thinking,” Annex SL, and the arbitrary transition deadlines imposed by ISO and IAF on user organizations.

Oxebridge previously predicted the dramatic drops after bot the 2000 and 2008 editions of ISO 9001 were released. Industry stakeholder such as ISO, IAF, ANAB, ASQ and others refused to take heed of the data.

In 2013, Oxebridge called for a temporary pause in the development of ISO 9001:2015 to prevent mass defections. ISO responded by threatening to sue Oxebridge for copyright infringement, a claim they later abandoned.

A detailed analysis of the data will be published shortly. You can obtain the ISO Survey data directly from ISO, for free, here.