How Many Companies Are Certified ISO in Malaysia?

If you are interested to know how many companies in Malaysia are ISO-certified. In that case, you are probably a student preparing for an assignment or just curious about this title.

Anyhow, you are on the right page!

ISO organization surveyed Management System Standard certification in 2021. A total of 16,891 valid certificates were issued in Malaysia.

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    The Top 3 ISO Certifications Are

    1. ISO 9001 – 11,610 certification, 69% of total ISO certification in Malaysia
    2. ISO 14001 – 2,560 certification, 15%
    3. ISO 45001 – 1,349 certification, 8%

    92% of ISO certifications in Malaysia are in Quality, Environmental and Safety Management Systems.

    The other 6.6% are ISO IEC 27001 Information security systems (1.7%, 290), ISO 22000 Food safety (2.6%, 441) and ISO 13845 Medical devices quality management systems (2.3%, 383).

    ISO 20000-1 Information technology – services management is 21 certification.

    Organizations certified to below ISO management systems may implement ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) programs. 

    ISO 37001 Anti-bribery management systems have 140 certifications.

    ISO 50001 Energy management systems with 36 certifications.

    ISO 22301 Societal security – Business continuity management systems is 25 certifications.

    Sector-Specific Management System For Industries

    ISO 39001 Road traffic safety management systems with 19 certifications.

    ISO 29001 Petroleum, petrochemical and natural gas industries – quality management systems have 3 certifications.

    ISO 28000 Specification for security management systems for the supply chain is 5 certifications.

    Below is a graph showing the total number of valid ISO certifications in each ISO management system and its percentage as on 31 December 2021.

    Which ISO Standard Should You Choose for Certification?

    The above statistic shows ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems is a popular ISO certification standard. Not only in Malaysia but worldwide as well.

    If your organization is considering going for ISO certification, ISO 9001 is your choice unless you are in a specific industry sector.

    You may use ISO IEC 27001 Information Security systems if you manage a huge personal database.

    If you are in food manufacturing, ISO 22000 Food Safety management systems will be more appropriate.

    If you are a medical device manufacturer or in its supply chain, ISO 13835 Medical Service quality management system will suit you more.

    Most organizations will start with ISO 9001, followed by sector-specific ISO standards certification.

    You may learn more about ISO 9001 requirements to know how to proceed.

    Final Thoughts

    The total number of ISO-certified companies in Malaysia shows the ISO certification demand in the Malaysian market.

    It may be an opportunity to enhance your business strategies in marketing. Or improve your management systems as per international recognized ISO standards.

    You can check out more in “What is ISO Standards?”.

    Are your company ISO-certified? Let us know by sharing your ISO preparation or certification process, or audit experience with us in the comments section below.

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    About the Author
    SYChong is an ISO auditor and consultant here at She holds 20 years of experience in QAQC and implementing ISO 9001, ISO 14001, FSC CoC, and EICC/RBA in organizations.

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