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New Establishment and Revision of the Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS) (September 2017) Establishment and revision of the JIS including faucets, ball taps and flush valves and the general rules of primary batteries

The Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS) is a collection of national standards stipulating the criteria for products to be sold in Japan, including their types/scales, quality/performance, and safety. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) continues to revise and newly establish such standards in response to societal and technological changes. METI publicly introduces the newly established and revised standards which are especially important for the economy and for the public once a month in a press release.

1. Outline of the new establishment and revision of standards

In September 2017, METI newly established 3 standards and revised 15 standards (see Appendix 1). In particular, METI believes that the following revisions to the standards are especially important.

(ⅰ)Revision of the JIS for Faucets, Ball Taps and Flush Valves

As Japan needs energy saving for houses and structures, the reduction of energy consumption of hot-water supply equipment contributes to a decrease in energy consumption and the enhancement of the energy efficiency performance of a building as a whole. METI revised the JIS to newly add requirements for water-saving faucets, ball taps and flush valves. This revision is expected to further facilitate efforts to reduce energy consumption in houses and structures (Appendix 2)

(ⅱ)Revision of the JIS for the general rules of primary batteries

In order to further improve the safety of primary batteries, METI revised JIS C8500 (Annex B) to add recommendations on considerations for safety in the designing of battery compartments to prevent accidental ingestion and other new matters (Appendix 3).

2. Outline of the JIS

Stipulated under the Industrial Standardization Act, the JIS is a collection of national standards certified by the government of Japan, aiming at the improvement of mineral or industrial products in terms of quality, performance and safety, as well as the increase and enhancement of production efficiency and other areas.

The JIS stipulate a variety of criteria to be met by products, including types/scales, quality/performance, safety, testing methods for assessing these criteria, and other standard criteria. These standards are utilized to ensure product reliability and quality for manufacturers, users and consumers.

METI establishes new standards or revises the existing ones for the JIS in response to technological advancements, safety requirements, and other societal changes, as necessary.

For more information on the JIS, visit the following websites:

METI conducts this establishment and revision process through the examination of proposals by the Japanese Industrial Standards Committee (JISC). METI hereby announces the results of the new establishments and revisions of the JIS in September 2017.

3. Previous news release (explanation of the major establishments and revisions of the JIS)

Appendices

Release date

September 20, 2017

Division in Charge

Standards and Conformity Assessment Public Relations Office, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau

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