Digital signature schemes that answered NIST’s call in September 2022 to be selected in the PQC standardisation process will likely not be fully  assessed for “several years”.

40 candidates from a total of 50 submissions matched all the requirements in the latest callout, while NIST’s initial announcement in 2016 selected the first algorithms for three rounds of evaluation and standardisation.

Next year could bring the Fifth PQC standardisation conference as advancements in quantum computing substantially reshape the market for quantum-resistant public-key cryptographic algorithms.