Israel ranked tenth in world in medical equipment standard certifications

Israel is ranked tenth in the world in the number of accreditations for ISO medical equipment safety standard ISO 13485:2003, according to the International Organization for Standardization’s Survey of Certifications for 2004.

The standard defines additional requirements for manufacturers of medical equipment beyond the requirements of ISO 9001:2000. Israel is among the leading countries in the world in the number of accreditations for this standard, and according to forecasts is expected to see a significant growth in 2005. All told, 3,068 companies and organizations in 56 countries and jurisdictions around the world hold ISO 13485:2003 certification.

The survey, undertaken and published by ISO, relates to the number of accreditation certificates that are valid as of the end of 2004. The survey also shows that as of that date 670,399 companies and organizations in 154 countries and jurisdictions held ISO 9001:2000 certification.

The survey places China as first in the world with 132,926 ISO 9001:2000 certificates. In second place is Italy with 84,458 certificates while the U.K. is third with 60,960 certificates. World growth in ISO 9001:2000 certificates over the previous year is 26 percent.

Israel is ranked in sixteenth place with 7,280 ISO 9001:2000 certificates, a little more than one percent of total world certificates, a growth of 31 percent over the previous year.