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, as of January 1, 2018, to encourage timely transitions to Version 3, the older Version 2 Standard has been removed from the website. Copies of the V2 Standard and the separate Sanctioned Interpretations for V2 will continue to be available upon request until September 15, 2018.

On August 15, 2018, Version 3.1 of the e-Stewards Standard was published. V3.1 has integrated Sanctioned Interpretations (amendments to V3.0), including a citation list of which sections have changes, which is located in Appendix D. V3.1 is available at no cost to those who purchased V3.0, and for purchase to those purchasing the Version 3.0 series for the first time.

e-Stewards Standard Version 3.1

Official Standard

Unofficial Review Version

Official e-Stewards Standard V3.1 Citation List of Sanctioned Interpretations V3.1 Unofficial Review Version V3.1
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Even though Version 2 certificates are valid until September 15, 2018, as of January 1, 2018, all audits must be conducted using Version 3.0 series of the Standard For more information about transitioning from Version 2 to Version 3, click here.

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 (available now), and
  • the free Review Version, which paraphrases ISO 14001 language (with permission) (available soon).

Official Standard

The official e-Stewards Standard V3, combined with the Sanctioned Interpretations, now in Version 3.1 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 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. There are currently no Sanctioned Interpretations for V3. Version 3.1 published now published as of August 15, 2018.

Review Version of the Standard

Currently, there is no Review Version for Version 3 of the e-Stewards Standard. However, there are plans to create a Review Version in the near future. Once available, the reviewable form of the V3 Standard containing all the industry-specific e-Stewards performance requirements will be available at no cost. The V3 Review Version will have ISO 14001: 2015 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 V3.