Making Responsible Use of AI: US Leads Development of ISO/IEC 42001, the Artificial Intelligence Management System Standard


ISO/IEC 42001, Artificial intelligence – Management system, developed by the International Organization for Standardization / International Electrotechnical Commission (ISO/IEC) Joint Technical Committee (JTC) 1, Information technology, Subcommittee (SC) 42, Artificial intelligence, provides guidance for organizations of all sizes in using artificial intelligence (AI) systems responsibly. The United States plays a key role in JTC 1, with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), ISO’s US member body, serving as secretariat.

Although AI is becoming more and more popular in many IT-related fields, enterprises must be cautious when implementing AI due to the hazards it poses. By offering a framework for managing opportunities and risks and encouraging the appropriate use of AI, ISO/IEC 42001:2023 assists an AI management system in addressing the intricacies of the technology. For any organization, regardless of size, style, or nature, that uses or delivers products or services utilizing AI systems, the standard lays out standards and offers direction for setting up, putting into practice, maintaining, and continuously improving an AI management system.

This system enables enhanced quality, security, traceability, transparency, and reliability of AI applications. The standard is based on a “Plan-Do-Check-Act” method to creating, deploying, maintaining, and continuously developing AI. Assuring stakeholders that AI-integrated systems are being created, managed, and utilized ethically is the standard’s ultimate objective, which also aims to assist enterprises in realizing the greatest possible benefits from AI.

“ISO/IEC 42001:2023 is a first-of-its-kind AI international standard that will enable certification, increase consumer confidence in AI systems, and enable broad responsible adoption of AI,” said Wael William Diab, chair of SC 42. “This novel approach takes the proven management systems approach and adapts it to AI. The standard is broadly applicable across a wide variety of application domains and will help unlock the societal benefits of AI while simultaneously addressing ethical and trustworthy concerns.”

Stakeholders with a range of interests, including those from the public and private sectors, regulators, technology specialists, academics, researchers, and more, worked together to establish the standard. Out of the sixty-three countries that make up SC 42, almost thirty percent are developing countries. The stakeholders of many SC 42 members will primarily be AI users, which helps to create a balanced standards-development environment that includes both technology developers and consumers.

ISO/IEC 42001, Information technology – Artificial intelligence – Management system, is currently available for purchase through subscription or the ANSI webstore. It is also available for purchase as a component of the ISO/IEC 42001 / ISO/IEC 22989 / ISO/IEC 23894 Artificial Intelligence Package.



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