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New Establishment and Revision of the Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS) (June 2020)

- Establishment and revision of JIS for humidity control outdoor air processing machines by heat pump desiccant systems; algorithms of estimating the levels of injuries for emergency/automatic collision notification systems (D-Call Net); common frameworks for developing and using systems and software, etc. -

June 22, 2020

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 June 2020, METI newly established 13 standards and revised 10 standards (see Appendix 1). In particular, METI believes that the following establishment and revision of the standards are especially important.

(1) Establishment of the JIS for humidity control outdoor air processing machines by heat pump desiccant systems

Among humidity control outdoor air processing machines incorporated into commercial air-conditioning systems for office buildings, retail stores, hospitals, plants and other facilities, heat pump desiccant systems are able to efficiently and stably control humidity. Companies have been showing expectations for such systems as those creating a high-level balance between energy conservation and comfort.

Against this backdrop, METI established a JIS for the performance and test methods of humidity control outdoor air processing machines by the systems. This establishment is expected to allow companies not only to quantitatively compare the performance of the systems, smoothly select products and develop environments for fair competition but also to contribute to creating new markets and disseminating energy-saving equipment.

*Note: The JIS was established taking advantage of the Standard Development Program for the Creation of New Markets.


Figure 1: Example of the humidity control outdoor air processing machines


Figure 2: Example of the compositions of humidity control outdoor air processing machines

(2) Establishment of the JIS for algorithms of estimating the levels of injuries for emergency/automatic collision notification systems (D-Call Net)

Recently, emergency medical helicopters with doctors on board (hereinafter referred to as “emergency medical helicopters”) have been introduced into emergency medical services and are greatly contributing to an increase in the ratios of saving patients’ lives. However, ambulance team members generally decide on whether or not they should request an emergency medical helicopter after they have arrived on location, and this causes a challenge in flying emergency medical helicopters quickly to patients.

To overcome this challenge, more and more emergency medical service industries have been introducing an emergency/automatic collision notification system (D-Call Net) that is able to automatically judge whether or not a request for mobilizing an emergency medical helicopter should be issued based on the facts of traffic accidents, e.g., directions from which collision forces are applied to the vehicle that has caused the target accident or the magnitude of the force. Against this backdrop, METI established a JIS for methods of developing algorithms of estimating the levels of injuries and methods of assessing such algorithms.

Dissemination of such automatic notification systems that satisfy the JIS is expected to not only allow emergency medical service industries to accurately, quickly and automatically call a request for emergency medical helicopters, which has been conducted mainly after the arrival of ambulance team members to the location, but also to reduce the number of fatalities caused by traffic accidents


Figure: Overview of an emergency/automatic collision notification system (D-Call Net)

(3) Revision of the JIS for providing common frameworks for developing and using systems and software

Recently, more and more systems and software have been becoming diverse and increasing in scale.Therefore, development and use of these systems and software require both ordering companies and contractors to foster common recognition. As means for supporting them, a group of international standards and a group of JIS corresponding to these international standards have been established. Among these standards, METI revised JIS X0171 stipulating information items for documentation in order to add new information items, e.g., “Communication procedure” and “Information security procedure”.

Advancement of development and use of systems and software that satisfy the JIS is expected to not only further promote mutual understanding and consensus building between stakeholders at home and abroad but also advance development of systems and software.

Table: Relationship between JIS X0171 and related JIS

International standard JIS corresponding to the international standard Requirement stipulated in these standards
ISO/IEC/IEEE 12207:2015 X0160 Processes, work and actions for developing and using software(which include the requirements for document preparation.)
ISO/IEC/IEEE 15288:2015 X0170 Processes, work and actions for developing and using systems
(which include the requirements for document preparation.)
ISO/IEC/IEEE 26531:2015 X0154 Preparation and management of contents for preparing the documents mentioned above
ISO/IEC/IEEE 15289:2017 X0171 Information items required to be written in the documents mentioned above (94 information items)

2. Outline of the JIS

The JIS stipulate types and quality of products, data, services, etc., 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 more information on the JIS, visit the following websites.

For more information on the Standard Development Program for the Creation of New Markets, visit the following websites.

For details of the respective JIS, visit the following website.

3. Past news releases

For past news releases related to the establishment and 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, contact, by email as far as possible, the divisions in charge of METI shown in Appendix 1. Please note that the division in charge of Item 1, (1) and (2) above is the International Standardization Division ( s-kijun-ISO@meti.go.jpメールリンク), and that in charge of Item 1, (3) above is the International Electrotechnology Standardization Division ( s-iec@meti.go.jpメールリンク). When sending an email, please clearly write: your name, the name of your company (if you send an email as a representative of a company or other entity) and contact details.

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