New Establishment and Revision of the Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS) (November 2019)
- Establishment and revision of the JIS, including those for window- or doorset-type components attached to facilities for preventing flood disasters and for methods of calculating or indicating the rates of energy consumption efficiency that electrical and electronic appliances should achieve under the energy conservation standards -
November 20, 2019
The Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS) is a collection of national standards stipulating the criteria for mineral or industrial products, data and services in Japan, including their quality, performance and test methods. 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 November 2019, METI newly established 46 standards and revised 28 standards (see Appendix 1). In particular, METI believes that the following establishment of new standards and revision of the existing standards are especially important.
(1) Establishment of the JIS for facilities for preventing flood disasters
Amid the advancement of climate change and other environmental changes, the number of flood disasters caused by heavy rain is growing in recent years. Inflows of rainwater into entries or exits of underground shopping arcades or buildings accessed by the general public may close evacuation routes, submerge electricity facilities or cause other risks. To prevent such disasters, businesses and households often make use of specific products to prevent their facilities from being flooded, e.g., shutters and doors.
A wide variety of such products are on the market now, but no standards have been stipulated for methods of assessing the products for their performance in preventing facilities from being flooded and this has caused difficulties for product users to compare individual performance among such products. To overcome this challenge, METI decided to stipulate new JIS as standards for performance assessment or test methods of a variety of such products so as to permit users to select products with quality which satisfies their needs.
Dissemination of this JIS is expected to help users install facilities for preventing target objects from being flooded in accordance with their needs based on forecasting of the depth of water referring to hazard maps, and this may contribute to reducing the damage of flood disasters at underground shopping arcades or buildings.
(2) Revision of the JIS for methods of calculating or indicating the rates of energy consumption efficiency that electrical and electronic appliances should achieve under the energy conservation standards
METI revised the existing JIS for methods of calculating or indicating the rates of energy consumption efficiency that electronic computers should achieve under the energy conservation standards, which are cited in the regulations and other rules related to the Act on the Rational Use of Energy, the regulations of which came into force in April 2019. Specifically, the indication of energy consumption efficiency is revised from the existing “energy consumption efficiency” to a new one, “annual power consumption,” in line with the labels of other household electricity equipment, and this revision is expected to provide consumers with information in a more user-friendly way.
If the rate of energy consumption efficiency for an appliance reaches 100% or more in terms of the related standards, a label with the green mark will be attached to the appliance as before. As for the enforcement of the revised JIS for such indication, METI sets a grace period of one year until March 31, 2020. Accordingly, manufacturers are permitted to continue the conventional indications before the date.
2. Outline of the JIS
The JIS stipulate types and quality of products, data, services and other products, test or assessment methods for ascertaining such types and quality, and the values of standards that businesses are required to meet. Producers, service providers, product users and consumers and other stakeholders, for example, make use of these standards in their approaches to accessing quality products and enjoying provision of services in a secured manner.
METI has been establishing new standards or revising the existing ones for the JIS in response to technological advancements, changes in social environments and other factors as necessary.
For details of the respective JIS, visit the following website:
3. Past news releases
For past news releases related to the revision of JIS, visit the following website:
4. Partial revision of the Industrial Standardization Act
The Bill for 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 the Act was 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) and to change the title of the Industrial Standardization Act from “Kogyo Hyojyunka Ho” to “Sangyo Hyojyunka Ho” in Japanese as well as the title of the Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS) from “Nihon Kogyo Kikaku” to “Nihon Sangyo Kikaku” in Japanese. The revised Act came into force on July 1, 2019.
For more information, visit the following website:
5. Contact counter of the respective JIS
If you wish to make any inquiry on details of the respective JIS that have been publicized, directly contact the divisions in charge of METI shown in Appendix 1. Please note that the division in charge of Item 1 (1) above is the International Standardization Division and that in charge of Item 1 (2) is the International Electrotechnology Standardization Division.
- Appendix1:List of Newly Established and Revised JIS Publicly Notified on November 20, 2019 (PDF:222KB)
- Appendix2: Establishment of the JIS for facilities for preventing flood disasters (in Japanese) (PDF:650KB)
- Appendix3: Revision of the JIS for methods of calculating or indicating the rates of energy consumption efficiency that electrical and electronic appliances should achieve under the energy conservation standards (in Japanese) (PDF:294KB)
Divisions in Charge
- Information on this press release:
Standards and Conformity Assessment Public Relations Office, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau
- Information on the respective JIS:
International Standardization Division & International Electrotechnology Standardization Division, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau