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Japan Accreditation Council
What is JAC?
  In response to the 2005 recommendation of Japan Industrial Standards Committee (JISC), Japan Accreditation Council (JAC) was launched.
The purpose of this council is to contribute to increase the reliability of all conformity assessment systems in Japan, by means of
a) sharing the experience of accreditation among accreditation bodies,
b) improving technical competence of accreditation bodies, and
c) cooperating to promote accreditation systems to the market.
(1) Establishment of common infrastructure and attainment of solution of common issues to improve the reliability and technical competence
(2) Research and exchange of domestic/international information on Conformity Assessment and Accreditation
(3) Dissemination and promotion activities on Accreditation System and Conformity Assessment System
(4) Other issues necessary to achieve to the purpose of the council.
The council is consists of voluntary participants who agree with the purposes and are relevant to the following conditions;
(1) Member
Accreditation bodies of CABs within Japan and its collaborators
(2) Observer
Bodies planning to accredit CABs within Japan and its collaborators.Or bodies whom Members agree with to participate.
(3) Others
Conformity Assessment Division, METI
(Note) Here, “CABs” include testing and calibration laboratory, product certification body, management system certification body,inspection body, personnel certification body, etc.
As of 16th May 2006, JAC consists of 12 organizations including IAJapan,JAB, JCLA, VLAC, and central government ministries accrediting product certification bodies, such as METI (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry), MHLW (Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare), and MAFF (Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery).
IAJapan is functioning as the secretariat of JAC. The member list is as below
Office of Medical Devices Evaluation
Evaluation and Licensing Division
Pharmaceutical and Food Safety Bureau
Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare ( MHLW )
Food Safety and Consumer Affairs Bureau
The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan ( MAFF )
Electromagnetic Environment Division
Radio Department, Telecommunications Bureau
Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications ( MIC )
JASC Office, Conformity Assessment Planning Office,
Industrial Standards Research Office
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)

Mutual Recognition Office
Conformity Assessment Division
Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)

Product Safety Division
Commerce and Distribution Policy Group
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)
Incorporated Administrative Agency
Food and Agricultural Materials Inspection Center (FAMIC)
The Japan Accreditation Board Conformity Assessments (JAB)
ISMS Accrediton Center(ISMS-AC)
Voluntary EMC Laboratory Accreditation Center (VLAC)
International Accreditation Japan (IAJapan)
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