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Volume 6 · Issue 7 · July 2001


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The Three Horsemen of the Apocalypse (or Just Business as Usual?)

There are indications that the world of ISO 9001/2 registration activity did not continue at its phenomenal rate in 2000–at least not in the United States–and may not be much better in 2001. While no one is mentioning a "registration apocalypse", this article focuses on whether 2001 and the publication of ISO 9001:2000 will be the start of a decline in the popularity of QMS registration. The fact is that an apocalypse is not going to occur, because there are three horsemen–but they represent factors that account for a temporary pause and decline in new registrations: the transition, the sector standard revisions and the economics of financial slow-down.