Beyond the giant ISO 9001 and the popular ISO 14001 for Environmental Management, other standards that have been gaining a lot of traction are those of ISO 45001 (Occupational Health and Safety), ISO 37001 (Anti-bribery and anti-corruption), ISO 13485 (Medical Devices), and ISO 27001 (Data Privacy). Each establishes a set of standards which companies can adhere to in order to display their higher commitments.
Based on the most recent survey posted by the International Organization for Standardization, the ISO standards that have experienced the most growth in the past year are those of ISO 45001, ISO 37001, and ISO 13485 and ISO 27001 (tied for third place). Customers are now becoming more and more interested in the ‘how’ behind company operations, thus making ISO certifications a huge advantage to those companies that have them.
The ISO 45001 standards for occupational health and safety management and has seen almost 200% growth over the past year partly because of the migration from the older British Standard BS 18001 to this new ISO 45001 (released in 2018). ISO 45001 is a much more robust standard as it not only deals with controlling known hazards, but also proactively identifying sources or situations that have potential for causing harm. This is part of a bigger shift we’re seeing toward people centeredness and risk management being baked into companies’ operations at every level. The Coca-Cola Company, among many others, is currently undergoing the transition from the 18001 to the 45001 standards.
ISO 37001 is an international standard that allows organizations of all types to prevent, detect and address bribery involving their organization. Nothing undermines institutions’ reputation and equitable business more than bribery. Although this standard has seen huge growth globally, the US hasn’t substantially started adopting this standard just yet. As the US is historically a late mover with most of the ISO standards, adopting this standard will help your organization stay ahead of that curve.
The Medical Devices QMS, ISO 13485, has seen a 15-20% increase in certifications worldwide and is expected to keep growing as the state of the world pushes this norm to the forefront of the QMS leaderboard. This standard was discussed on Part I of this article alongside ISO 9001 and the benefits of implementing a Quality Management System, as well as on our previous article Welwaze meets ISO: A Promise of Quality.
ISO 27001, Data Privacy, has also seen a 15-20% increase in certifications worldwide. ISO 27001 is an information security management system helping organizations manage the security of assets such as financial information, intellectual property, employee, or other private and protected information. With the exponentially increasing dependence on electronic information systems and the millions of attacks experienced daily by American companies large and small, data privacy and protection is on the forefront of every organization.