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New Establishment and Revision of the Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS) (August 2018)

Establishment and revision of the JIS including shock-resistant watches-impact performance and test methods; standard for determination of the antibacterial effectiveness of flexible cellular polymeric materials; and standard for test blocks that are used for non-destructive testing-automatic inspection system for inner diameter surface of machining holes

August 20, 2018

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 August 2018, METI newly established 11 standards and revised 26 standards (see Appendix 1). In particular, METI believes the establishment of the standards for the following are especially important.

(1) Establishment of JIS for shock-resistant watches-impact performance and test methods

figure:Direction of dropShock-resistant watches characteristically have higher resistance to impacts than ordinary watches. JIS B7027 (shock-resistant watches-impact performance and test methods) was newly established to enable objective evaluations of shock-resistant watches. This new JIS is expected to enable consumers to purchase proper shock-resistant products without fail and help eliminate inferior products, thereby facilitating protection of consumer interests and proper distribution of products.

(2) Establishment of JIS for standard for determination of the antibacterial effectiveness of flexible cellular polymeric materials

Demand for kitchen sponges and bed cushions made of antibacterial flexible cellular polymeric materials is increasing among consumers who seek safer and healthier everyday lives. JIS K 6400-9 was newly established as a standard for determination of the antibacterial effectiveness of flexible cellular polymeric materials. This new JIS is expected to contribute to promoting the dissemination of products made of antibacterial flexible cellular polymeric materials, and to enhancing the international competitiveness of Japanese companies that have superior technologies in this field.

photo:Structure of flexible cellular polymeric materials, Kitchen sponges, Bedding

(3) Establishment of JIS for test blocks that are used for non-destructive testing-automatic inspection system for inner diameter surface of machining holes

photo:Finished products ofr test blocksJIS Z 2324-1 (non-destructive testing-automatic inspection system for inner diameter surface of machining holes-Part 1: standard test blocks) was newly established for standard test blocks that are used for testing or calibration of devices to automatically inspect the inner diameter surfaces of machining holes of auto parts or industrial machinery parts.

This new JIS enables the use of unified test blocks for inspections using any of the three types of automatic inspection systems (laser system, camera system and eddy-current system*).

Subsequent to this JIS for test blocks, standard method of performance testing using relevant standard test blocks will be established in the near future. The upcoming standard for such testing method is expected to contribute to selecting appropriate types of inspection system through comparison of inspection results, and to increasing the reliability of data.

*Note: A non-destructive inspection system to inspect cracks, scratches, etc. in a test object by putting a coil carrying alternating current close to the conductive test object and detecting eddy current changes in the test object caused by an electromagnetic induction phenomenon.

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, and 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 website.

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

4. Partial amendment 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 categorize 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.

5. Contact information for inquiries on respective standards

For any inquiries on the details of publicized standards, please directly contact the relevant division in charge listed in Appendix 1.

Appendix

Division in Charge

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