BS EN ISO/IEC 17000:2020

BS EN ISO/IEC 17000:2020

Conformity assessment. Vocabulary and general principles

Status : Current   Published : June 2020



What is BS EN ISO/IEC 17000:2020 about?

Conformity assessment is most effective when it’s underpinned by a framework of internationally agreed terminology that’s consistently communicated between suppliers, customers, public authorities and the international agencies concerned.

To that end, BS EN ISO/IEC 17000:2020 specifies the general terms and definitions used in conformity assessment and describes the functional approach to conformity assessment.  

Who is BS EN ISO/IEC 17000:2020 for?

  • Conformity assessment bodies including:
    • Accreditation bodies
    • Certification bodies
    • Inspection bodies
    • Validation and verification bodies
    • Conformity assessment customers and potential customers
    • Scheme owners and operators
    • Consultants
    • Regulators
    • Laboratories
    • Government authorities

Why should you use BS EN ISO/IEC 17000:2020?

If vocabulary is misused in conformity assessments it could result in ambiguity, misunderstandings, lack of trust and costly disputes. BS EN ISO/IEC 17000 therefore specifies the general terms and definitions used in conformity assessment (including in the accreditation of conformity assessment bodies and to facilitate trade) in order to reduce the likelihood of misinterpretation.  

BS EN ISO/IEC 17000 is recognized by the World Trade Organization and the European Union. General principles of conformity assessment and a description of the functional approach to conformity assessment are also provided.

NOTE: Conformity assessment interacts with other fields such as management systems, metrology, standardization and statistics. The boundaries of conformity assessment are not defined in this document.


BS EN ISO/IEC 17000:2020 contributes to UN Sustainable Development Goals 2, 6, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16 because the standard supports conformity with agreed best practice standards across a very wide range of subject areas and disciplines.  



What’s new about BS EN ISO/IEC 17000:2020?

This is a revision of the 2004 edition. The major changes in BS EN ISO/IEC 17000:2020 are:

a)       Some terms have been modified and removed

b)      Some terms have been updated to reflect updated terminology in related sectors

c)       Nine additional terms have been defined

d)      One ‘product’ has been moved to the list of related general terms defined outside the ISO/IEC 17000 series of standards

e)      The underlying principles of conformity assessment – the Functional Approach – have been clarified along with the conceptual relationships between the defined general terms


Standard NumberBS EN ISO/IEC 17000:2020
TitleConformity assessment. Vocabulary and general principles
Publication Date15 June 2020
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)No other standards are normatively referenced
Informative References(Provided for Information)ISO 17034, ISO/IEC 17050-1, ISO/IEC 17024, ISO 3534 (all parts), ISO 19600, ISO 15189, ISO 19011, ISO/IEC 17040, ISO/IEC TS 17027, ISO/IEC 17025, ISO/IEC 17030, ISO/IEC TS 17023, ISO Guide 30, ISO/IEC TR 17028, ISO/IEC 17065, ISO/IEC 17029, ISO/IEC Guide 2, ISO/IEC 17043, ISO/IEC 17021-1, ISO/IEC Guide 99, ISO/IEC 17011, ISO/IEC TS 17021-4, ISO/IEC 17020, ISO 9000:2015
ReplacesBS EN ISO/IEC 17000:2004
International RelationshipsEN ISO/IEC 17000:2020,ISO/IEC 17000:2020
Draft Superseded By19/30359468 DC
DescriptorsCertificates of conformity, Conformity, Harmonization, Quality assurance systems, Acceptance (approval), Quality assurance, Terminology, Standards organizations, Standardization, Approval organizations, Definitions, Testing organizations, Certification (approval), Vocabulary
Title in FrenchÉvaluation de la conformité. Vocabulaire et principes généraux
Title in GermanKonformitätsbewertung. Begriffe und allgemeine Grundlagen
ISBN978 0 580 98273 6
File Size1.656 MB

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