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

July 20, 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 July 2020, METI newly established two standards and revised two standards (see Appendix 1).

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 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, please contact the divisions in charge at METI, as shown in the appendix, by 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 your contact information.

Related document

Division in Charge

Standards and Conformity Assessment Public Relations Office, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau