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

Establishment and revision of the JIS, including test methods for textiles with anti-mosquito performance

December 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 December 2018, METI newly established 14 standards and revised 20 standards (see Appendix 1). In particular, METI believes that the following establishment of new standard is especially important.

Establishment of the JIS for test methods for textiles with anti-mosquito performance

In recent years, a growing number of consumers worldwide are raising interest in breakout of infections transmitted by mosquitoes and other insects, in connection with growing concerns over global warming issues. This trend has bolstered the advancement of research and development for textiles and products with anti-mosquito performance. However, no standards for test methods for assessing anti-mosquito performance of such products had been stipulated. To address this situation, METI established JIS L1950-1 and JIS 1950-2 that stipulate test methods for objective assessment of anti-mosquito performance.

Establishment of these JIS is expected to help industries meet consumers’ high awareness of safe and secure products and to improve user-friendliness of products, such as assisting consumers in selecting products with anti-mosquito performance according to their purposes of use.


Composition example of a feeding apparatus using a test method of attraction to blood under JIS L1950-1
(composition around the feeder; cross-sectional view)

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:

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 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