Obtain the Standard

Until September 15, 2018, two versions of the official e-Stewards Standard for Responsible Recycling and Reuse of Electronic Equipment are in use, as recyclers and certification bodies transition to Version 3 of the Standard. However, to encourage timely transitions to Version 3, the older Version 2 Standard will be removed from the website by January 1, 2018. In addition, Version 2 of the e-Stewards Standard is available in two forms: the official (complete) version and the review version. Certifications must always be made to an official version of the standard, and not the review version.

e-Stewards Standard Version 3.0

Official Standard

Unofficial Review Version

Official e-Stewards Standard V3 List of Sanctioned Interpretations V3 Unofficial Review Version V3
$195.00 (Click here to purchase) Free (Click to download) Currently under development

Even though Version 2 certificates are valid until September 15, 2018, all audits must be conducted using Version 3 of the Standard starting on January 1, 2018. Until January 1, 2018, a company seeking certification or recertification may choose to be audited to either the official Version 2 or Version 3 of the Standard. For more information about transitioning from Version 2 to Version 3, click here.

e-Stewards Standard Version 2.0 (obsolete on September 15, 2018)

Official Standard

Unofficial Review Version

Official e-Stewards Standard V2 Sanctioned Interpretations V2 Unofficial Review Version V2
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To review the overview of the differences between V2 and V3 click here.

Two Forms of Standards Available – Official and Review

The e-Stewards Standard is available in two forms:

  • the official (complete) version containing ISO 14001 verbatim, and
  • the free Review Version, which paraphrases ISO 14001 language (with permission)

Official Standard

The official e-Stewards Standard (V2 or V3), combined with the Sanctioned Interpretations of the e-Stewards Standard, is the form of the standard that must be used for certification purposes, not the Review Version.

Terms of Use for the Official Standard

As the purchaser of the Standard (V2 or V3), you are required to follow ANSI’s End User License Agreement regarding its use, which includes a limit on the number of copies you may store and print with each purchase. Following purchase, you will receive one digital copy via e-mail, and may produce one hard copy from it, as per ANSI requirements. The End User License Agreement is available in full by clicking here.

Sanctioned Interpretations to the Official Standard

V3 Sanctioned Interpretations are integrated into each updated Publication Version Series 3.0 (e.g. 3.1, 3.2). Note: Updated versions of V3, which integrate new Sanctioned Interpretations, will be provided for free to individuals who previously purchased a V3.0 Series Standard. Separate Sanctioned Interpretations for V2 will continue to be available until September 15, 2018.

Review Version of the Standard

A reviewable form of the V2 Standard is available at no cost containing all the industry-specific e-Stewards performance requirements. The V2 Review Version has ISO 14001: 2004 paraphrased with permission from ANSI. Certifications must always be made to the official version of the Standard, and not the Review Version. However, it is freely distributable and is useful to understand the industry-specific performance requirements of the e-Stewards Standard V2. There are plans to create a Review Version for Version 3.