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

- Establishment and revision of the JIS, including the JIS for movable racks with shelves and storage furniture -

August 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 August 2020, METI newly established 11 standards and revised 19 standards (see Appendix 1). In particular, METI believes that the following revision of the JIS is especially important.

Establishment of the JIS for movable racks with shelves and storage furniture

As no JIS was established for movable racks for offices and other purposes, manufacturers have been confirming the performance of movable racks by referring to the JIS for test methods of goods which are considered similar to such racks and then supplying their products. However, such manufacturers have been urged by the recent popularization of such racks backed by their user-friendliness to unify their own, different approaches to movable racks, such as types, traveling speed and safety performance including emergency stop functions and earthquake countermeasures.

This establishment of the JIS is expected to help manufacturers unify their own, different approaches to moveable racks, such as types, performance and test methods, and to simplify and streamline their production, thereby contributing to popularization of such products with increased safety.

Appearance of movable racks

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 secure manner.

METI has been establishing new standards or revising the existing ones 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. 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 shown in Appendix 1. Please note that the division in charge of Item 1, is the International Standardization Division, METI. 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 your contact information.

Division 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, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau