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Profile

Name Japan Quality Assurance Organization (JQA)
President Noriaki KOBAYASHI
Location 1-25, Kandasudacho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-8555, Japan
Establishment October 28, 1957
Offices JQA has eightteen branch offices throughout Japan, including Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya.
Overseas Offices
Number of Employees 873 as of April 1, 2018

History

1957 Established as Japan Machinery and Metals Inspection Institute (JMI), a designated inspection body under the Export Inspection Law.
1958
  • Started inspection in the fields of electronics and machinery.
1961
  • Started interference radiation testing based on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations in the USA.
1962
  • Started overseas safety conformity testing based on the standards of UL (USA) and CSA (Canada) under the MOU contracts.
1963
  • Started calibration of measuring instruments.
1972 Changed the name to JMI Institute.
1973
  • Started verification of measuring instruments under the Measurement Law.
1979
  • Started testing of construction materials.
1990
  • Started certification based on ISO 9000 series (Quality).
1993 Changed the name to “Japan Quality Assurance Organization (JQA)”.
  • Started service for standard supply under the Measurement Law (traceability system) as a designated calibration body.
1994
  • Joined IQNet (former EQNet), the international network of management system certification bodies of major countries.
  • Started service for standard supply under the Measurement Law (traceability system) as an accredited operational body.
1995
  • Started certification based on ISO 14001 (Environment).
  • Started the S-JQA mark certification of product safety.
1997
  • Accredited as a JIS testing laboratory under the Japan National Laboratory Accreditation System (JNLA).
1999
  • Accepted as a national certification body (NCB) by the IECEE under the IECEE-CB scheme.
2000
  • Accredited as a calibration laboratory by A2LA, an accreditation body in the USA.
  • Joined Asia Network Forum (ANF), the international network of product testing and certification bodies in Asia.
2001
  • Started inspection of portable laser application devices under the Consumer Product Safety Law.
  • Started inspection of specified electrical appliance and material under the Electrical Appliance and Material Safety Law.
  • Started certification based on ISO/TS 16949 (Automotive).
  • Started certification based on JIS Q 9100 (Aerospace).
2002
  • Started certification based on TL 9000 (Telecommunications).
  • Started certification based on ISO/IEC 27001 (former ISMS; Information Security)
2004
  • Started validation, verification and certification of Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects as the world’s first Designated Operational Entity (DOE) for CDM by the UNFCCC.
2005
  • Started certification of controlled medical equipment under the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law.
  • Started JIS Mark certification under the Industrial Standardization Law (JIS).
  • Started verification of the amount of Green House Gas emissions under domestic schemes.
  • Started certification based on ISO 22000 (Food Safety).
  • Started certification based on ISO 13485 (Medical Devices).
2006
  • Started certification based on ISO 20000 (IT Service).
2008
  • Started testing of cryptographic modules.
2009
  • Started development of safety verification/testing methodology on personal care robots, as a part of the project of New Energy and Industrial Technology Organization (NEDO).
2010
  • Started certification based on ISO 22301 (former BS 25999; Business Continuity).
2011 Changed the corporate status to a general incorporated foundation with the laws concerning the reform of public-interest corporations.
  • Started certification based on ISO 50001 (Energy).
  • Started certification based on FSSC 22000 (Food Safety).
  • Started evaluation and certification of functional safety.
2012
  • Started certification based on ISO 26262 (Functional Safety for Road Vehicles).
  • Started certification based on ISO 39001 (Road Traffic Safety).
2013
  • Established JQA Asia (Thailand) Co.,Ltd. in Bangkok, Thailand.
  • Started calibration of vacuum gauges.
  • Started certification based on ISO 13482 (Personal Care Robots Safety).
2014
  • Started Registration of Product Certification (RPC) under the Taiwan-Japan Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA).
  • Established Representative Office of Japan Quality Assurance Organization in Hanoi, Vietnam.
2015
  • Relocated Safety & EMC Center and Measurement & Calibration Center from Kinuta, Satagaya, Tokyo to Minamiosawa, Hachioji-shi, Tokyo.
2018
  • Established JQA EURO Office in Essen, Germany.

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