The 2023 Edition of ISO/IEC 17043: Main Changes and Expectations

Student analyzing laboratory sample to keep up with the changes to laboratory proficiency testing in ISO/IEC 17043:2023.

The 2023 edition of ISO/IEC 17043, Conformity Assessment – General Requirements For The Competence Of Proficiency Testing Providers, was published on May 8, 2023. The review process for the standard began in 2020 with the final voting beginning in January 2023. This revision is the second edition of the standard and replaces the first edition, ISO/IEC 17043:2010.

How Can Proficiency Testing Providers Prepare for the New ISO/IEC 17043?

In anticipation of the publication of the ISO/IEC 17043:2023 standard, ANAB is preparing several tools for proficiency testing providers to use to learn and understand the updated requirements and work towards transitioning to the 2023 edition of the standard in the time period defined by ILAC.

A webinar occurred on May 25, 2023 at 2pm EDT. The webinar reviewed the main changes to the standard and provided a brief review of a crosswalk of the 2010 requirements to the 2023 requirements. You can watch The 2023 Edition of ISO/IEC 17043: Main Changes and Expectations here.

Additionally, ANAB is offering instructor-led and self-paced training. Understanding the Requirements and Concepts of ISO/IEC 17043:2023 is offered as an instructor-led course throughout the transition period.

Navigating ISO/IEC 17043:2023 Comparison to ISO/IEC 17043:2010 is a self-paced course available now.

What Are the Changes to ISO/IEC 17043:2023?

The main changes to the 2023 edition of ISO/IEC 17043 include harmonization with ISO/IEC 17025:2017 and ISO 13528:2022, as well as inclusion of the requirement that testing and calibration activities and proficiency testing item production conform to relevant requirements of appropriate ISO conformity assessment standards. The standard was also updated to include the requirements from ISO/CASCO PROC 33, which includes a common structure and elements across conformity assessment standards. In addition to updating and harmonizing the requirements, new requirements related to impartiality, risk, and information management were added to the standard.

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