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New Establishment and Revision of the Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS) (June 2018) Establishment and revision of the JIS, including standards for water-absorbent polyacrylate for urine absorbing products

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) has been revising and newly establishing 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 June 2018, METI newly established 2 standards and revised 5 standards (see Appendix 1). In particular, METI believes that the following establishment of new standards is especially important.

Establishment of the JIS for water-absorbent polyacrylate for urine absorbing products

With the growing popularization of disposable diapers for babies and grown-ups, the demand and production scale of water-absorbent resins applied to paper diapers are increasing year after year. From the viewpoint that they are applied to disposable diapers, water-absorbent resins should be excellent in the performance of absorbing urine and waste and be safe for users. However, there has been no authorized standards stipulating both functions and safeness of water-absorbent resins per se. In light of this situation, METI established a new standard (JIS S0251) which is expected to maintain and improve the quality and safeness of disposable diapers and also to further enhance the satisfaction of users.

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2. Outline of the JIS

Stipulated under the Industrial Standardization Act, the JIS are 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 at increasing and enhancing production efficiency and other areas.

The JIS stipulates a variety of product criteria, including types/scales, quality/performance, safety, testing methods for assessing these criteria, and other standard criteria that products should meet. These standards are utilized to ensure reliability in quality for manufacturers, users and consumers.

METI has been establishing new standards or revising 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:

For more information on the Standards Development Program for the Creation of New Markets, visit the following websites:

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

4. Partial revision of the Industrial Standardization Act

The Act of Partial Revision of the Unfair Competition Prevention Act, etc. (Act No. 33 of 2018) was approved at the 196th ordinary session of the Diet in 2018 and established. In line with this, the Industrial Standardization Act was partially revised to newly entitle data and services as targets of standardization under the Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS). Accordingly, the title of the Industrial Standardization Act will be changed from “Kogyo Hyojyunka Ho” to “Sangyo Hyojyunka Ho” in Japanese while the title of the Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS) will be changed from “Nihon Kogyo Kikaku (JIS)” to “Nihon Sangyo Kikaku (JIS)” in Japanese.

For more information, visit the following website:

Appendix

Release date

June 20, 2018

Division in Charge

Standards and Conformity Assessment Public Relations 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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