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Joint Press Release with the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan Automobile Research Institute, Japan Quality Assurance Organization and Japan Robot AssociationGlobal Safety Standard ISO13482 was Issued for Service Robots

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has issued ISO 13482, a global safety standard for service robots. The establishment of standards for service robots was realized based on the proposal submitted to the ISO from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO). The proposal was based on the results of the Project for Practical Application of Service Robots conducted by METI and NEDO to study the safety of such robots, and it has been adopted by the ISO.

1. Background

As aging of the population continues in Japan, the expectation of the need to utilize robot technologies in the field of living-support, such as caring for the elderly, is increasingly growing. Meanwhile, as service robots more frequently come into contact with humans, technology, standards and rules to ensure human safety are required towards full-scale introduction of such robots. In addition, a system for further safety assurance is also necessary.

In light of this situation, METI and NEDO jointly launched the Project for Practical Application of Service Robots in FY2009 and have taken concrete action, including collecting and analyzing data on the safety of such robots, formulating safety standards for users, testing methods for verifying safety, and establishing approaches to certifying safety.

2. The Project for Practical Application of Service Robots - the basis for ISO 13482

In the project, service robots, which are already developed in Japan, are categorized into three major groups, namely, mobility, ridden, and wearable types. When studying which safety standard should be submitted to the ISO as a new global standard, members of the project led the preparation of a draft standard to be proposed with the three types in mind and actively discussed this issue with other countries.

As a result of this approach, the ISO adopted Japan's proposal and issued ISO 13482 for service robots as a new global safety standard.

The adoption will enable manufacturers of such robots to gain certification in order to meet global safety standards. It is also expected that manufacturers will be able to gain the trust of customers with proof of certification, having met internationally recognized safety standards.

Reference: Recent trends of organizations concerning safety approval for service robots

The Japan Quality Assurance Organization (JQA) used the results of the project and established an approach to certifying robot safety. JQA had already begun preliminary steps for certifying the safety of such robots even before ISO/DIS 13482, which has since been adopted as a new global safety standard by the ISO, was completed. In February 2013, JQA successfully granted certification for safety to "Robot Suit HAL? for Well-being," manufactured by CYBERDYNE Co., Ltd. In response to the establishment of ISO13482, JQA will begin a new approach to certification to meet the standard.

Press release regarding certification of Robot Suit HAL? for Well-being disclosed on February 27, 2013:
http://www.meti.go.jp/english/press/2013/0227_01.html

In addition, the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan Automobile Research Institute (JARI) and other organizations have been developing new testing methods for verifying the safety of service robots, mainly at the Center for Service Robot Safety Verification in Tsukuba City, Ibaraki Prefecture. In the future, private enterprises will be able to carry out verification tests for such robots at the center to see if their products meet the ISO13482 standard.

Center for Service Robot Safety Verification:
http://robotsafety.jp/wordpress/External Site Link (in Japanese)

Reference: ISO13482 website
http://www.iso.org/iso/home/store/catalogue_tc/catalogue_detail.htm?csnumber=53820External Site Link

Release Date

February 5, 2014

Division in Charge

  • Industrial Machinery Division, Manufacturing Industries Bureau
  • International Office for Technical Regulations, Standards and Conformity Assessment Policy, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau
  • Standardization Office for Information Technology and Electrotechnology, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau
 
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