March 19, 2019
On March 19, 2019, the Cabinet approved the Cabinet Order for the Partial Revision of the Order for Fees Concerning the Measurement Act.
1. Purpose of the revision
The measurement system under the Measurement Act ensures the credibility of transactions in society and economic transactions in Japan, and works as the basis for safety and assurance.
The revision provides for the fees concerning the verification and type approval for “catch weighers”, for which the verification and type approval start from April 1, 2019.
2. Outline of the revision
In order to ensure the implementation of appropriate measurement, which is the purpose of the Measurement Act, automatic weighing instruments (mass measuring instruments used for automatic weighing in factories, etc.) were newly added as specified measuring instruments in 2017, based on the proposal by the Metrology Policy Council in November 2016.
It is necessary to pass the official verification process in order to use the specified measuring instrument under the Measurement Act for transactions and certifications. The verification process for automatic weighing instruments starts from April 1, 2019, sequentially.
* Among automatic weighing instruments, the verification for catch weighers starts from April 1, 2019, and for hopper scales, automatic gravimetric filling instruments, and conveyer scales, from April 1, 2020.
In this partial revision, the fee for the verification and type approval for catch weighers by the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), starting from April 1, 2019, is stipulated.
3. Future schedule
Promulgation: March 25 (Mon.), 2019
Enforcement: April 1 (Mon.), 2019
Division in Charge
Metrology Policy Office, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau