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Status of ISO/IEC 17024 Revision

ANAB Webinar

October 26, 2023 @ 2:00 pm 3:00 pm


This webinar will provide a review of the events leading up to the revision of ISO/IEC 17024 that is now underway.  The ANAB expert to ISO CASCO WG(Working Group) 30 will discuss the critical changes now being considered in the revision of ISO/IEC 17024.  When a revised ISO/IEC 17024 is finally published, all users will benefit from the information from this webinar as the background and context in which to understand and implement the revised standard.

ISO/IEC 17000 series standards have been in use for 25 years as requirements for the competence, consistency, and impartiality of many types of conformity assessment bodies.  Accreditation as a demonstration that a conformity assessment body fulfills the ISO/IEC 17024 standard is widely demanded and accepted as assurance that the deliverables from the conformity assessment body are trustworthy.  The global infrastructure of conformity assessment and accreditation bodies can be accessed by individuals and organizations around the globe as a basis for quickly developing the trust necessary for global trade and global solutions to societal problems. 

So all is well; proof of the effectiveness of the ISO/IEC 17024 standard grows as it is used more and more around the world and more and more individuals and organizations become familiar and knowledgeable about it.  Right? . . . .  Except standards are not static.  Periodically the need for a standard to be updated or revised should be considered.  At some point a standard will likely need to be updated or revised.  The key question then becomes how can the revision make the needed changes but ensure the trust based on the old version of the standard is still warranted?  Because revisions of the ISO/IEC 17024 standard can impact trust between individuals and organizations globally, getting information during the revision process can be crucial.

Key Takeaways

  • Learn about the ISO process for maintenance of the ISO/IEC 17024 standards
  • Understand the revision history of ISO/IEC 17024 leading up to the current version
  • Acquire background about the work group (WG) deliberations and discussions in the revision process
  • Focus on the major questions/issues in which the WG is engaged to identify the areas of the revised standard likely to need the most attention


Dr. Vijay Krishna, Vice President, Credentialing

Dr. Vijay Krishna is Vice President, Credentialing at the ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB). He serves as an IAF representative on ISO WG 30 that is revising ISO/IEC 17024. Vijay is the co-convener of IAF Working Group for Persons and convener of APAC ISO/IEC WG.  He is chair of the IAF Task Force on Competence of Accreditation Body Assessors and Experts.

Dr. Krishna holds a doctoral degree in Human and Organizational Learning/HRD from The George Washington University, where he has taught graduate-level courses in leadership, organizational change, and learning in adulthood.

Keith Mowry, ANAB Senior Manager of Accreditation

As Senior Manager Business Development Keith Mowry collaborates with clients and schemes in all fields of conformity assessment to create and enhance conformity assessment solutions. He represents the ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB) on the ANSI International Conformity Assessment Committee (ANSI ICAC, the US mirror committee to ISO CASCO), including active membership and participation on the ANSI ICAC Subcommittee for ISO CASCO Chair’s Policy and Coordination Committee.

In addition to Business Development responsibilities, Keith also coordinates ANAB participation in standardization activities at the tactical and strategic levels. In particular, he provides expertise and support regarding the ISO/IEC 17000 series standards to ANAB staff, assessors, clients and stakeholders to promote and achieve cost effective, private sector conformity assessment solutions for market operators and regulators alike.

Keith holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, With Distinction in the Curriculum. Keith’s external standards and conformity assessment committee work includes various ISO CASCO Working Groups and Technical Advisory Committees.