Facility Certification Overview

FACILITY CERTIFICATION OVERVIEW

To meet the global need in the electronics industry for technically sound ESD Control Programs, EOS/ESD Association, Inc. established an independent third-party facility certification program. The program is administered by EOS/ESD Association, Inc. through country accredited ISO9000 certified bodies that have met the requirements of this program. The Facility Certification Program evaluates a facility's ESD program based on the industry standards ANSI/ESD S20.20 or IEC 61340-5-1.

Certification through an accredited third party provides assurance that standards, goods, and services meet essential requirements throughout the global supply chain – engendering consumer trust and fostering competitiveness. Increasingly, procurement authorities, government agencies, and program/scheme owners are requiring certification to demonstrate the technical competence and impartiality of conformance services and processes. These assessments enhance confidence between buyers and sellers as they mitigate risk.

Sample ANSI/ESD S20.20 Control Program (PDF) Courtesy of Advanced Static Control Consulting

Certification Bodies
The audit is conducted by an EOS/ESD Association, Inc. accredited certification body. Lead assessors working for accredited certification bodies have been trained and certified by the EOS/ESD Association, Inc. Click here to view the list of Accredited Certification Bodies. EOS/ESD Association, Inc. will continue to add new certification bodies as they are certified.

If your company's certification body is not certified with EOS/ESD Association, Inc., please have them contact the Association for materials and information about becoming certified.

The Audit
The ESD certification audit focuses on the key elements of an ESD program:

  • Documentation
  • ESD Control Element Selection & Function
  • Training
  • Purchasing (ESD-related contracts)
  • Calibration
  • Non-conforming product, and documentation control

Typically, audits take up to two days. EOS/ESD Association, Inc. facility certification program is based on one facility or several buildings in nearby proximity that are a part of the same line of business with a common management. Multiple locations require additional audits. Facilities must undergo the complete audit annually to be recertified.

ANSI/ESD S20.20-2021-released December 2021

  • ANSI/ESD S20.20-2014 and ANSI/ESD S20.20-2021 will both be available until June 2023. 
  • In 2022 Jan-May companies ARE to certified to the 2014 version ONLY.
  • In 2022 JUNE-DEC and 2023 Jan-May companies have a choice to become certified to the 2014 or 2021 version. This facilitates a one-year transition.
  • In June 2023, facility certifications are based on the 2021 version.

References: Facility Certification Newsletter
Issue 1- June 2012 (PDF)
Issue 2- April 2013 (PDF)
Issue 3- Feb 2014 (PDF)
Issue 4- Dec 2015 (PDF)

 

Note:

IECQ Certificates for ANSI/ESD S20.20 are not endorsed by EOS/ESD Association, Inc.

German Cert Co., Ltd. and Novostar are no longer an ESDA accredited Certification Body effective 9/28/2017 and cannot issue ANSI/ESD S20.20 or IEC61340-5-1 facility certification certificates.