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The ISO Will Start Discussion on International Standardization of Blockchain Technologies

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has established three new technical committees (TC), including the TC for developing new international standards concerning blockchain and electronic distributed ledger technologies.

1. TC concerning blockchain and distributed ledger technologies

Blockchain technology, a new technology used for the trading of digital assets, e.g., bitcoin, is considered to have a characteristic structure in which [i] falsification is extremely difficult relative to conventional centralized-management systems and in which [ii] inexpensive systems that have [iii] no downtime in effect could be built. It is expected to be applied to a wide variety of fields, including IoT. In this situation, the need for international standardization of the technology has been raised to develop industries in which blockchain technologies are utilized.

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) hereby announces that the ISO has established a new TC concerning blockchain and electronic distributed ledger technologies. The TC will make activities for international standardization of the technologies, including systems, applications and data compatibility and exchangeability among users.

In Japan, the JIPDEC leads core activities for international standardization of Japanese technologies as a domestic accountability agent, and has been advancing a variety of efforts, including submitting Japan’s proposals for establishing the standards of new technologies with the ISO, examining documents to be discussed, and collaborating with related associations and companies. METI will also collaborate with the JIPDEC and support activities for developing industries involving blockchain technologies.

2. Other TCs

Moreover, the ISO has also established two other TCs: a TC concerning chain of custody and a TC concerning organizational governance. The former will conduct activities for establishing new international standards involving transparency and traceability in processing and distribution processes, while the latter will conduct those involving effective approaches to establishing governance.

In recent years, the ISO has been increasing the number of TCs aiming to formulate new standards across sectors, as is seen in the TCs above. As additional information, METI considers it important that stakeholders in broader areas across Japan proactively participate in the activities for establishing a new international standard when other countries submit a proposal with the ISO for establishing a new TC. As one of the efforts for promoting this participation, METI has been offering information provision and opinion referential services through the website of the Japan Industrial Standards Committee (JISC) as follows:

References: Summary of the ISO TCs

Release date

October 7, 2016

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International Standardization Division & International Electrotechnology Standardization Division, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau

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