Does the E-Pad (metal frame) exposed on the surface of a high-side IPD have the same potential as GND?

The DIP26 and HSSOP31 packages for our high-voltage IPDs have an E-Pad (metal frame) exposed on the package surface. Its voltage potential is equal to GND.

The circuit, operation and usage of the high-voltage IPD are also described in "High voltage intelligent power device application note“. Please also refer to this document.