Interesting facts and figures

  • The International Standards Organization (ISO) was founded in 1947. As of September 2008, it had more than 17,400 standards covering almost every sector of economic activity. It is the largest certifying organization in the world.
  • In 1987 the ISO introduced the ISO-9000 series of standards as a way to encourage product and service quality improvement and to facilitate international trade.
  • It can take between nine months to three years to complete the ISO certification process
  • The Standards Council of Canada sees certifications as effective marketing tools of increasing necessity in international markets.
  • There are more than 6000 certification bodies worldwide.
  • The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) runs the only widely recognized environmental certification and eco-labeling program for wild-capture fisheries
  • Some of the world's leading retailers have committed to sourcing 100% MSC-certified fish and seafood.
  • The United States and Europe are the two principal export markets for Nova Scotia companies
  • Initial certification costs in the region of $50,000.
  • Annual or audit fees cost an additional $20-25,000.