The Electrostatic Discharge Association is an independent trade association in the United States. It is affiliated with the American National Standards Institute. The Electrostatic Discharge Association is a voluntary association founded in 1982. With the increasing need for global harmonization in the area of standards, the international focus of the ESD Association is vitally important. The Electrostatic Discharge Association (ESDA) standards are the most comprehensive and up-to-date industry accepted standards for the control of ESD.
The first place to look for guidance in developing your ESD Control program would be within the ESDA standards. As of February 1998, the ESDA has refined their definitions of standards by specifying the following categories. Standard is a precise statement of a set of requirements to be satisfied by a material, product, system or process that also specifies the procedures for determining whether each of the requirements is satisfied. Standard test method is a definitive procedure for the identification, measurement and evaluation of one or more qualities, characteristics or properties of a material, product, system that yield a test result. Standard practice is a procedure for performing one or more operations or functions that may or may not yield a test result.