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Technical Paper Series

Navigating Cleanroom Standards:
A Comprehensive Guide to Organizations,
Regulations, and Associations

Technical Paper

Introduction to General Standards Organizations for Cleanrooms and Controlled Environments


Cleanrooms have evolved due to changing industry needs and technology. In 1962, Federal Standard 209 was established to distinguish cleanrooms from regular "clean rooms."

Cleanroom standards serve to:

  • Provide a common language and testing methods.
  • Offer reference points for internal SOPs.
  • Define performance requirements for third-party providers.

Multiple organizations are involved in creating these standards, based on regulated or non-regulated activities.

This technical paper explores these General Standards Organizations responsible for shaping and regulating cleanrooms and controlled environments.

Authored by Jan Eudy for Valutek.


Corporate Logos of General standard organizations for cleanrooms and controlled environments.
Controlled Environment Focuses Standard Organizations logos
Technical Paper

Introduction to Controlled Environment Focus Standard Organizations


In the 1960s, the development of Federal Standard 209 aimed to distinguish environments effectively controlling airborne particles. These standards introduced common terminology and testing methods.

The Institute for Environmental Sciences and Technology (IEST), a nonprofit association focused on controlled environments, led this effort. With the global expansion of cleanroom operations, the need for international standards emerged.

In 1990, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) established ISO/TC 209 to create ISO 14644 cleanroom standards, with voting members from 22 nations.

IEST, in collaboration with the International Cleanroom and Contamination Control Society (ICCCS), authored the ISO 14644 standards under the auspices of ISO/TC 209.

This technical paper provides a comprehensive overview of the key standard-setting organizations dedicated to controlled environments.

Authored by Jan Eudy for Valutek.

Technical Paper

Introduction to U.S. Government Agencies: Regulations and Standards for Cleanrooms

United States government departments and agencies are responsible for formulating cleanroom standards and regulations applicable to specific sectors that employ cleanrooms, including pharmaceuticals, food production, defense, and aerospace.

These standards and regulations serve as a safeguard, ensuring the well-being and safety of both the general public and personnel within government and military sectors.

This technical paper offers an extensive overview of regulatory bodies, standards, and recommended procedures specific to cleanrooms and controlled environments in the respective domains of food (USDA), pharmaceuticals (FDA), defense (Department of Defense), and aerospace (NASA).

Authored by Jan Eudy for Valutek.

US Government Agencies logos under the capitol dome
The logos of Life Science Associations
Technical Paper

Introduction to Life Science Association


Non-profit scientific institutions and industry trade groups play a pivotal role in establishing guidelines for research, pharmaceuticals, biologics, and medical device manufacturing.

It is advisable to engage with these organizations for insights into standards, ongoing education, and training resources that can be employed in the formulation of standard operating procedures for your cleanroom operations.

This technical paper highlights those major "Life Science" NGOs and industry trade associations. 

Authored by Jan Eudy for Valutek.

Technical Paper

Introduction to Advance Material Association


Non-profit scientific organizations and trade associations play a crucial role in establishing standards for industries such as semiconductor and electronics manufacturing, optics, automation, and computer industries.

It is advisable to seek guidance from these entities regarding industry standards and opportunities for ongoing education and training, which can be instrumental in crafting standard operating procedures for your cleanroom operations.

This technical paper spotlights those major "Advanced material" NGOs and industry trade associations. 

Authored by Jan Eudy for Valutek.

The logos of Advanced Materials Associations

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