8 Steps to IEC 61340-5-1 Compliance

To become compliant to IEC 61340-5-1:2016 an organisation must develop and write an “ESD control program plan”. In today’s blog, we review the 8 requirements outlined in IEC 61340-5-1:2016 for a compliant ESD Control Plan. Per IEC 61340-5-1:2016, Section 5.2.1 “The plan is the principal document for implementing and verifying the program. The goal is a fully implemented and integrated program that conforms to internal quality system requirements. The plan shall apply to all applicable facets of the organization’s work”. If your plan does not outline each of these 8 steps, then it may need updating to become complaint to the latest version of IEC 61340-5-1. For support with your plan, please get in touch.


Initial and recurrent ESD awareness and prevention training for all personnel who come into contact with ESD sensitive items

Product Qualification

Conducted during initial selection of ESD control items to
ensure that chosen ESD control items meet plan requirements

Compliance Verification

Identifies electrical properties to be checked,
measurement limits, and test frequencies

Grounding/Bonding Systems

Connect ESDS items, personnel, and other conductors
to same electrical potential

Personnel Grounding

Electrically connect all personnel handling ESDS items to grounding / equipotential bonding system

ESD Protected Area (EPA) Requirements

Handle ESDS items, parts, assemblies and equipment without ESD protective packaging in an EPA with clear boundaries

Packaging Systems

Define ESD protective packaging requirements for
both inside and outside the EPA


Mark ESDS items in accordance with customer contracts, purchase orders, drawings, or other documentation

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