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Volume 6 · Issue 1 · January 2001

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Marketplace: What Does Decrease in Registration Rates Signal?

Stewart Anderson writes that, while the number of new certificates of registration to ISO 9001/2/3:1994, ISO 14001:1996 and the supplements to ISO 9001 remained healthy, it appears that the Year 2000 saw a marked deceleration in registrations in North America. According to the data received by the World Preferred Registry, 6,800 new ISO 9001/2/3:1994 certificates were issued in North America in 2000 compared with 9,745 in 1999–a decrease of 30.2%. Further evidence of a registration slowdown in 2000 is provided by the numbers of new certificates issued for ISO 14001, QS-9000 and AS9000. Anderson compares Year 2000 and 1999 registration data for ISO 9001/2/3, ISO 14000, QS-9000 and AS9000 and provides 2000 data for TL 9000. He also explores some of the more likely reasons for the slowdown, and offers projections for registration trends in 2001.