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Cabinet Decision on the Cabinet Order for the Partial Revision of the Enforcement Order for the Measurement Act and the Order for Fees Concerning the Measurement Act

On June 16, 2017, the Cabinet decided to approve the Cabinet Order for the Partial Revision of the Enforcement Order for the Measurement Act and the Order for Fees concerning the Measurement Act.

1. Purpose of the revised Orders

The Measurement Act stipulates provisions for measurement units and measuring instruments used for business trade and certification. This act secures the establishment of appropriate and rational measurement systems, thereby contributing to developing the Japanese economy and improving Japanese culture, including securing the everyday life of the public and protection of consumer benefits.

In light of the report titled “Ideal Future Approaches to Measurement Administration  For the Coming Decade ,” compiled by the Measurement Administration Council in November 2016, this revision aims to take necessary measures involving the Enforcement Order for the Measurement Act (Cabinet Order No. 329 of 1993) and the Order for Fees Concerning the Measurement Act (Cabinet Order No. 340 of 1993).

2. Outline of the revised Orders

  1. To secure the execution of proper measurement, an aim of the Measurement Act, the revised orders additionally cover automatic scales by the definition of mass measures being specified, measuring instruments and also to additionally stipulate provisions for valid periods of verification marks, etc., organizations in which verification is implemented, and other rules.
    In light of the impact of the revision on manufacturing or repair businesses, operators, and users subject to the orders and aiming to designate verification bodies, the revised orders also stipulate provisions for transitional measures necessary for the use of specified measuring instruments and for the notification submitted by manufacturing or repair business operators, as well as provisions for timing of starting inspections.
  2. Concerning alcoholic beverages in general, including low-malt beer, under the Liquor Tax Act, the revised orders are to allow businesses to use special containers (i.e., containers designed to secure the proper amount of liquid in being filled to the predetermined height of the containers under the Measurement Act, e.g., beer bottles and milk bottles).
  3. The revised orders are to take the following measures concerning the type approval by the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST):
    1. Cutting fees for businesses also submitting a test certificate for technological standards issued by external organizations, as an attachment to the application, and
    2. Amending the fee-setting system from uniform fees by specified measuring instrument to flexible fees according to items to be tested.
  4. The revised orders are also to take necessary measures for abolishing the special measure concerning grace periods for periodic inspections targeting non-automatic scales and other instruments, which was stipulated in establishing the Enforcement Order for the Measurement Act in 1993.

3. Future schedule

Promulgation: June 21 (Wed.), 2017
Enforcement: October 1 (Sun.), 2017
Note: Some of the provisions, e.g., those described in Item 2 (2) above, will come into force on the date of the promulgation.

Release date

June 16, 2017

Division in Charge

Metrology Policy Office, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry1-3-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8901, Japan Tel: +81-(0)3-3501-1511
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