The new electrostatics international standard has been released, IEC 61340-5-1:2024 Electrostatics – Part 5-1: Protection of electronic devices from electrostatic phenomena – General requirements, replacing the previous 2016 standard.

Click here for a download of key changes : 2024 Update To 61340-5-1 Key Differences.pdf


Summary of key updates are as follows:

  • Additional and updated definitions including the optional alternative job title of ESD Control Program Manager or ESD Coordinator
  • Insulators defined as materials and objects with a resistance greater than or equal to 1.0 x 1011
  • Isolated conductors defined as materials and objects with a resistance less than 1.0 x 104
  • Personnel grounding now includes reference to groundable static control garment systems (Table 2)
  • New table (Table 4) for packaging requirements,  including requirements for compliance verification of packaging
  • Product Qualification Plan requirement
  • Compliance Verification simplified by reference to 61340-5-4 for all ESD control items (replaces 6 standards in 2016 standard)
  • Annex A has been updated to include examples of acceptable tailoring statements and rationale to assist understanding

To buy the latest complete standard, click the link here to the British Standards website.

For more information on the new 61340-5-1:2024 standard and how if may affect your static control operations, including how we can help, please contact us.