Working Groups


Why join an IEST Working Group (WG)?
By participating on an IEST WG, you can help establish the industry guidelines that affect your business. WG activities also provide opportunities to network with other experts, contribute to your profession, build your resumé, and promote your company.

What is the purpose and function of the WGs?
WGs publish and share up-to-date, reliable technical information in these fields:

  • Contamination Control
  • Design, Test, and Evaluation
  • Product Reliability
  • Nanotechnology Facilities

WGs develop IEST Standards and Recommended Practices (RPs) that provide standardized procedures based on peer-approved applications of environmental technology. WG members determine, through cooperative effort, what issues to address and what procedures to include in each consensus document. IEST has also revised U.S. Federal Standards such as FED-STD-209, MIL-STD-781, MIL-STD-810, and MIL-STD-1246 (now IEST-STD-1246).

What will be my role?
WG meetings held at IEST conferences are open to anyone, and you may attend as many WG meetings as you wish as an observer. This provides an opportunity to see the document development process in action, learn more about topics and technology of interest, and contribute your expertise.

Attend two consecutive meetings of the same WG and become eligible to apply to become a voting member. As a voting member you will have a voice in shaping the RPs and standards your industry uses.

When do WGs meet?
WG meetings take place during ESTECH (IEST’s annual technical meeting) and EDUCON (IEST's Education Conference and Working Group Summit). Many WGs also hold online meetings between conferences.

How do I join a WG?
Email We will connect you with the chair of your WG of interest. For information on WGs under development, view Call for Participants.

What is the cost to join a WG?
There is no cost to join a WG. However, by becoming an IEST member, you will save on publications -- and get selected documents for free. Plus, the savings more than covers the cost of your membership. IEST membership dues help IEST administer the WG meetings and encourage work on cornerstone standards, expert support for the constantly evolving MIL-STD-810, oversee the ISO 14644 standards series as the Secretariat to ISO/TC 209, and lead the conversation on nanotechnology facility best practices.