Certification Overview

CERTIFICATION OVERVIEW

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 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 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.

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. 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.

 

EOS/ESD Association, Inc. position on recertification audits

7/20/2020

As the COVID crisis continues to impact audits, ESDA is allowing remote audits under some conditions. This process requires some type of live video exchange, as defined in instructions provided to certification bodies (CB). Our remote audit process allows for a complete remote audit that is only in effect, while travel onsite is not permitted, per travel restrictions or site regulations.

Requirements:

  • Remote auditing will only apply to existing clients who have been certified to ANSI/ESD S20.20.
  • New clients cannot be certified for the first time using the remote auditing scheme.
  • Clients certified by another CB and transferring their certificate to a new CB cannot be certified by the new CB via remote auditing.
  • CB management must not approve re-certification until all of the required information has been submitted by the auditor.

This process might result in a longer than normal assessment. CB's might need to add additional time for the remote auditing process. This decision is left to each CB.

When remote audits cannot be conducted, the previously issued guidance below applies.

Date: 3/18/2020-COVID-19 Position (revision to 2-27-2020)

EOS/ESD Association, Inc. follows ANAB (ANSI National Accreditation Board) policy. They have issued guidance per, "Heads Up, Issue 448" dated 2/28/2020 to ANAB-accredited Certification Bodies regarding safety concerns and travel restrictions that impact conformity assessments due to extraordinary circumstances.   

Extraordinary events or circumstances affecting assessments require a reasonable action plan. EOS/ESD Association, Inc. is 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.

We expect CBs to extend certificates up to six months if audits cannot be conducted. When the organization is recertified, it will not be for one year from the recertification decision, but one year from the previous expiration date. This means not providing the organization an additional six months of certification.

IAF MD 4 provides remote audit guidelines that are not endorsed by EOS/ESD Association, Inc.

EOS/ESD Association, Inc. maintains that there are elements of recertification audits that can be completed remotely; however, specific technical requirements of the standard such as onsite measurements cannot be completed remotely.

 

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.