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New Establishment and Revision of the Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS) (January 2019)

Establishment and revision of the JIS, including textile-evaluation methods of ultraviolet (UV) ray-shielding, selected terms and definitions of reference materials and risk management guidelines

January 21, 2019

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 newly establishing and revising 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 January 2019, METI newly established 19 standards and revised 17 standards (see Appendix 1). In particular, METI believes that the following establishment of new standards and revision of the two existing standards are especially important.

(1) Establishment of the JIS for textile-evaluation methods of ultraviolet (UV) ray-shielding

Recently, a growing number of consumers are interested in the impact of ultraviolet rays on their skin from the viewpoint of health and beauty. In response to this trend, many types of textile products with UV-ray shielding performance are on the market. Against this backdrop, METI established JIS L1925 (textile-evaluation methods of ultraviolet ray-shielding) as new standards for objective evaluation methods of UV-ray shielding performance involving cloth for textile products that are finished to have such performance. This establishment will enable consumers to compare the textile products confirming their UV-ray shielding performance, thereby enhancing consumer trust in such products and improving user-friendliness.

 
Photo: Example of textile products with UV-ray shielding performance

(2) Revision of the JIS for selected terms and definitions of reference materials

Reference materials are chemical substances used for calibration of measuring devices such as densitometers. In manufacturing products, securing the trustworthiness of measurement results is significant and reference materials play an essential role in ensuring it. As expanding application of reference materials has been increasing necessity for standards for terms and definitions involving transportation and storage of such materials, METI revised JIS Q0030, standards for selected terms and definitions of reference materials.

This revision is expected to contribute to enhancing common understanding of using reference materials and disseminating appropriate use of reference materials, thereby further enhancing trustworthiness of measurement making use of such materials.

Photo: Examples of reference materials and certificates of such materials
Source: National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)

(3) Revision of the JIS for risk management guidelines

As society becomes ever more sophisticated and complex, a problem caused in some internal activity of an organization is likely to not only result in a relatively large and wide-ranging impact on its management but also increase potential risks in such management. In this situation, companies may face difficulties in operating healthy management if they continue to rely on conventional business models alone, such as efforts for improving management technologies on the manufacturing floor in parallel with advancing learning-by-failure approaches.

JIS Q31000 provides guidelines according to which a variety of organizations in different industries and of different sizes are able to handle risks in an optimal manner in operating risk management. The JIS stipulates actions that companies should take in risk management so as to create and protect corporate value: setting goals in advance; making corporate decisions on achieving these goals; and improving corporate performance.

This revision changes the aims of the guidelines on risk management from “employee-based risk management led by personnel in charge” to “business operator-based risk management in line with corporate business goals.” This revision is expected to help companies operate more effective risk management.

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