EOS/ESD Association, Inc. position on recertification audits
To: EOS/ESD Association, Inc. accredited certification bodies
From: Lisa Pimpinella, Executive Director
Re: Coronavirus Outbreak in China
EOS/ESD Association, Inc. follows ANAB (ANSI National Accreditation Board) policy. They have issued guidance to ANAB-accredited Certification Bodies regarding safety concerns and travel restrictions that impact conformity assessments in China.
Extraordinary events or circumstances affecting assessments require a reasonable action plan. EOS/ESD Association, Inc. is allowing recertification audits to include alternative short-term methods of assessment. Further, we are not requiring facility certificates that have expired, because audits cannot be safely conducted, to be deactivated or lapsed as a result of this virus circumstance.
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.
In order to meet the global need in the electronics industry for technically sound ESD Control Programs, EOS/ESD Association, Inc. has established an independent third party 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 industry standard 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 in order to demonstrate the technical competence and impartiality of conformance services and processes. These assessments enhance confidence between buyers and sellers as they mitigate risk.
NOTE: The second edition of IEC 61340-5-1 was released on May 1, 2016. For facilities certified to IEC 61340-5-1, 2017 is a transition year. Beginning January 1, 2018 all sites must certify to the 2016 version of the IEC document.
The Audit The ESD certification audit focuses on all the key elements of a good ESD program:
ESD Control Element Selection & Function
Purchasing (ESD-related contracts)
Non-conforming product, and documentation control
Typically, audits take up to two days. EOS/ESD Association, Inc. 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.
Certification Bodies The audit is conducted by an EOS/ESD Association certified certification body. Each employee staff that has been trained and certified by the ESD Association. A list of certification bodies is maintained at www.esda.org/s2020registrars.html. 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.
International Certification Certification bodies cover Asia, Europe, and North and South America.