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ISO 42001:2023 Information technology — Artificial intelligence — Management system

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ISO 42001:2023 Information technology — Artificial intelligence — Management system

Introduction to ISO 42001:2023

In 2024, ISO joined the AI sphere by releasing ISO 42001. This is a new standard designed to help implement safeguards for the security, safety, privacy, fairness, transparency, and data quality of AI systems. In an era where artificial intelligence (AI) is reshaping industries, the introduction of ISO/IEC 42001:2023 comes as a pivotal development. ISO 42001 outlines the requirements of a management system for AI and similar algorithms. One of the components of the management system is conducting comprehensive and effective risk assessments concerning the deployment of AI systems. ISO 42001 consists of 10 sections (aligning with ISO 9001) and four annexes. ISO 42001 includes best practices for an AI management system (AIMS) and intends to help organizations use AI responsibly to perform their roles in using, developing, monitoring, or providing products or services. The AI management system should be fully integrated with the organization’s processes and overall management structure.

Which Companies or Industries Does This Standard Apply To?

ISO 42001 is applicable to companies regardless of size, type, and nature that offer AI as one of their products or services (e.g., OpenAI) — it affects all organizations that implement an AI system at any point in their operations including governments, academia, and businesses. If you are using AI for specific tasks, you can, and should, implement the ISO 42001 guidelines. Examples of those likely to deploy AI include IT and telecommunication, retail and e-commerce, healthcare, manufacturing, automotive, and many other industries.

The AI Act outlines defined measures that organizations must take when developing an AI system. The ISO 42001 management system ensures that with each new AI system and every change to existing applications, there is automatic monitoring to ensure continued compliance with the AI Act. Establishing an AIMS prevents the need for checking all individual AI systems within your organization. The management system assists you in doing the right things effectively and consistently.

What are the benefits of being certified in this standard?


1 – Strategic Integration into Organizational Governance 

ISO/IEC 42001:2023 fosters the adoption of robust governance practices, aligning AI initiatives with business goals and risk management strategies. This standard requires an informed decision-making process at the organizational level.

2 – Harmonizing Governance and Innovation 

ISO/IEC 42001:2023 empowers organizations to leverage the benefits of AI while encouraging a dynamic balance between harnessing innovation and safeguarding ethical considerations in the development and implementation of AI systems.

3 – Implementation of Robust Safeguards 

ISO 42001 mandates the establishment of all-encompassing controls. By incorporating these controls, organizations can proactively minimize potential risks and safeguard the interests of stakeholders, thereby enhancing overall AI system resilience.

4 – Demonstration of Commitment to Ethical AI Practices 

ISO/IEC 42001:2023 certification serves as tangible proof of an organization’s unwavering commitment to the ethical development and application of AI and showcases the establishment of effective governance structures, effective risk management, and adherence to AI compliance protocols.

5 – Effective Management of Continuous Learning in AI Systems

ISO/IEC 42001:2023 provides a framework for organizations to establish safeguards and processes. With ISO 42001 certification, you demonstrate that you have a methodology of working that ensures all AI systems you develop and/or deploy satisfy all requirements and regulations. This applies to all organizations developing AI systems in-house, using them, or procuring them externally.

ISO/IEC 42001 certification demonstrates that an organization can:

  • Comprehend the regulatory and ethical considerations surrounding AI implementation
  • Assist an organization in aligning the AI initiatives with its core business objectives
  • Support an organization in developing and implementing an AI management system
  • Evaluate the quality, reliability, and performance of AI systems
  • Ensure that AI solutions meet exacting standards and function as intended
  • Identify potential AI-related risks, assess risks, and implement necessary measures to mitigate those risks

The ISO 42001 AI management system standard not only aligns with the rapid advancement of AI technologies, but also ensures that companies can leverage these innovations responsibly and ethically. By certifying against the ISO 42001 standard organizations can unlock numerous benefits, such as enhanced operational efficiency, internal confidence, improved reputation, and faster adoption of innovation.


Key Requirements, Features of the Standard

Key requirements include establishing an AIMS, documenting AI policies, conducting comprehensive training, and performing regular risk assessments and audits. The structure of ISO 42001 is somewhat similar to ISO 27001. There are Mandatory Clauses in the main standard document (Clauses 1 to 4). Annex A provides a list of required controls that must be deployed based on scope and the Statement of Applicability.

Mandatory Clauses

Implementing ISO 42001 involves a series of mandatory clauses that guide organizations in establishing a robust Artificial Intelligence Management System (AIMS). These include but are not limited to:

Determine the context of the organization.

Identify interested parties and understand their needs and expectations.

Define Organizational Roles and Responsibilities

Establish Targets and Objectives

Document the scope of AIMS.

AI Policy and Leadership Commitment

AI Risk Assessment Process

Risk Treatment and Controls

Effective Training and Awareness Programs

Internal Audit Requirement

Certification Process

The ISO certification process is a systematic approach that organizations follow to demonstrate their commitment to quality, efficiency, and compliance with international standards. It typically involves a series of steps to ensure that a company’s processes and practices meet the specific requirements of a chosen ISO standard.

The process to achieve certification often consists of the following steps:

Contacting a Certification Body:

  • Begin by identifying the specific ISO standard(s) that are relevant to your industry or organization’s needs.
  • Contact an accredited certification body (also known as a registrar or certifying agency) that specializes in the ISO standard you want to certify against. Ensure they have the necessary expertise and accreditation to perform the certification.

Develop Documentation:

  • Create or update the necessary documentation, including policies, procedures, work instructions, and forms, to align with the ISO standard’s requirements.
  • Ensure that these documents are comprehensive, clear, and accessible to all relevant employees.

Conduct Internal Audits:

  • Perform internal audits to assess your organization’s readiness for certification.
  • Internal audits help identify non-conformities, corrective actions, and opportunities for process improvement.
  • Train your internal auditors or consider hiring external auditors to conduct these assessments.

Certification Audit (Stage 1):

  • The certification body conducts a Stage 1 audit, which is typically a document review.
  • They assess your documentation, policies, and procedures to ensure they meet the standard’s requirements.
  • Any identified issues or concerns are communicated to you at this stage.

Certification Audit (Stage 2):

  • The certification body conducts a Stage 2 audit, which is an on-site assessment of your organization’s operations.
  • Auditors evaluate the effectiveness and implementation of your QMS to ensure it aligns with the ISO standard.
  • Non-conformities may be identified, and you’ll be required to address them.

Companies often hire expert consultants to simplify the ISO certification process and reduce the burden on existing management teams in leaning new standards, ensuring compliance, developing documentation and more. This ultimately makes it more cost effective for companies to hire consultants to support them through the process than pursuing it on their own.

Quality Systems Enhancement is the only company that offers guaranteed certification through our 10-Step Approach™ to ISO (or any) certification. QSE ISO consultants emphasize developing simplified, documented Management Systems which meet or exceed the requirements of any ISO standard requirements. This 10-Step Approach™ has a built-in discipline to involve all employees, including top management, right from the beginning to achieve long-term, desired results. Our approach is so complete that we have helped over 800 companies obtain certification, of which, the majority have obtained certification with zero deficiencies.

Other Comparable Standards

NIST AI Risk Management Framework (AI RMF) 

ISO/IEC TS 4213, Information technology — Artificial intelligence — Assessment of machine learning classification performance

ISO/IEC 5259 (all parts)2), Data quality for analytics and machine learning (ML)

ISO/IEC 5338, Information technology — Artificial intelligence — AI system life cycle process

ISO/IEC 23053, Framework for Artificial Intelligence (AI) Systems Using Machine Learning (ML)

ISO/IEC 23894, Information technology — Artificial intelligence — Guidance on risk management

ISO/IEC TR 24027, Information technology — Artificial intelligence (AI) — Bias in AI systems and AI aided decision making

ISO 27001, Information technology – Security techniques Information security management systems Requirements

Support Services Offered by QSE

ISO 42001 Training:

  • QSE offers comprehensive training programs to help organizations understand and implement ISO 42001 effectively.
  • Our training sessions are tailored to suit your specific needs, whether you are new to the standard or looking to enhance your existing knowledge.
  • Our experienced trainers provide practical insights and real-world examples to make the learning process engaging and informative.

ISO 42001 Consulting:

  • QSE’s team of expert consultants specializes in guiding organizations through the process of achieving compliance with ISO 42001.
  • We offer customized consulting services that address your unique challenges and objectives.
  • Our consultants work closely with your team to develop a tailored strategy for successful implementation and certification.

ISO 42001 Auditing:

  • QSE conducts thorough audits to assess your organization’s conformity with ISO 42001
  • Our auditors have extensive experience in evaluating compliance and identifying areas for improvement.
  • We provide detailed audit reports and actionable recommendations to help you continually improve your quality management system.

About QSE

Quality Systems Enhancement (QSE) was founded in 1992 by Baskar Kotte in Roswell, Georgia. Throughout the years, QSE has grown to include consultants from all over the world including the United States, Canada, Mexico, India, and more.

QSE has helped over 800 companies to achieve registration in very diverse industries such as automotive, aerospace, electronics, healthcare, packaging, telecommunications and more. QSE is also a certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and a member of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) throughout the following states: Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Florida, and Kentucky.

Our proprietary 10-Step Approach™ to certification addresses each element in the standard and includes a mix of specialized training, consulting and auditing. We have used this approach successfully registering over 800 companies. Our approach has provided a one hundred percent success rate the first time through. Many of these successes were “zero deficiency” audits.

When utilizing this approach, we guarantee registration in as little as seven to eight months.

Of course, a variety of options are available to you based on your particular needs or budget requirements. We provide a no-obligation visit to assess your needs and offer a program that is customized to your company.

Documentation is at the core of every Quality System. We believe in a one-level documentation system as opposed to the two / three / four level documentation structures preferred by many others. Our documentation rarely exceeds 200 pages, including all attachments. One of the intangible benefits of our simplistic one-of-a-kind documentation is that it is easy to maintain – and that is a great advantage when it comes to maintaining your certification through surveillance audits. We guarantee that our documentation addresses all the requirements of the ISO standard and once implemented, will work for your company. Guaranteed!

  • QSE has over 27 Years of standing in the field of Consulting, Auditing and Training for any ISO Standard, Sector Specific Standard, AISC standard or Food Safety Standard
  • QSE has helped over 700 facilities to earn their ISO certifications and other certifications
  • All QSE customers passed ISO certification audits with no or minimum nonconformities
  • Over 98 % of QSE customers passed ISO certification audits with nil nonconformity first time around. QSE has a 100 % success rate in obtaining certifications for its customers
  • Unlike our competitors, QSE has a unique, comprehensive, evidence based, simplified single level, documentation system which is easy to implement and provides evidence for implementation to earn ISO 27001 certification
  • QSE’s designed templates are tried and tested for accuracy and correctness and provide objective evidence during internal audits and ISO certification audits
  • QSE’s simplified system is evidence based, and it is easy to implement, easy to use and easy to audit
  • QSE‘s evidence-based system with proven lists, forms and tables results in ISO certification with minimum or no nonconformities
  • QSE engages all competent auditors to conduct internal audits or supplier audits
  • President QSE, Baskar Kotte is an original and an active member of ISO/US TAG/TC 176, the Technical Committee that originally developed the ISO 9000 family of standards, ISO/US TAG/TC 207 which developed the ISO 14000 family of standards, ISO/US TAG/ TC 301 (TC 242) which developed ISO 50001 and   ISO 19011 the Guiding standards for Auditing. Mr. Kotte also participated and provided input to the development of the current ISO 9001:2015, ISO 140001:2015, ISO 50001:2018 family of Standards and ISO 19011:2018 revised standards.

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