◆ J-Moss (Japanese RoHS) ◆
The name J-Moss is a combination of initial of “Japan” and an acronym of JIS C 0950 title “The marking for presence of the specific chemical substances for electrical and electronic equipment.”
JIS C 0950 is a Japanese Industrial Standard specifying the rules about "marking for presence" of 6 specific chemical substances for the 7 specific electrical and electronic products. The JIS is quoted in the ministry ordinance of the Japanese Recycling Law (the Law for Promotion of Effective Utilization of Resources) as a method of marking, and then its requirement is mandatory for the designated 7 products.
The JIS C 0950 was originally issued in 2005, and was revised in January 2008. The following is the information about the law and new JIS.
1. Japanese Recycling Law and JIS C 0950
The Japanese Recycling Law (the Law for Promotion of Effective Utilization of Resources) obliges manufacturers and importers of the following 7 products in Japan to make "marking for presence" about 6 substances:
[Who is obliged to make “marking for presence”? ]
Manufacturers and importers of the following seven products in Japan.
[Scope of products]
Unit-type air conditioners
[Specific chemical substances]
Polybrominated diphenyl ether
See Annex A of the JIS C 0950: 2008
[Exemption from content mark]
See Annex B of the JIS C 0950: 2008
[Methods for "marking for presence"]
See the JIS C 0950: 2008 for details. Summary is as follows:
1) To place the "content mark (orange mark)” on the product, packaging and catalogues,
2) To describe the presence condition of 6 substances on the website in Japanese so that
consumers and recyclers can access and understand easily. Also, its URL should be
described in catalogues.
Please check if you fall under any of the following cases, and refer to the JIS so that you can comply with the Japanese law. When you use the “J-Moss Green mark” voluntarily, please refer to the “J-Moss Green mark Guideline” which is issued by three Japanese industry associations*.
* three associations： Please see “2. How to obtain JIS and Guideline”
As the presence condition appeared in the website will be utilized by consumers and recyclers in Japan, you are required to describe it in Japanese. You are also required to describe the URL for the presence condition in catalogues in Japanese.
The JIS C 0950 is an industrial standard and is quoted in the ministry ordinance of the Japanese Recycling Law (the Law for Promotion of Effective Utilization of Resources), and then its requirement is mandatory for the designated 7 products. Regarding the law, please see the website of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry:
2. How to obtain JIS and Guideline
JIS means the “Japanese Industrial Standard” and is issued by JSA (Japanese Standards Association).
The English translation of JIS C 0950:2008 (J-Moss) has been issued by JSA and you can subscribe for it from the following website.
Please click " English JIS Standards Published in March 2008."
As to the Japanese version, you can subscribe from the following website.
You can also browse the Japanese JIS on the following website (you can only look it but can neither print nor download.) Please search JIS by the No. C 0950.
http://www.jisc.go.jp/app/JPS/JPSO0020.html (Japanese JIS only)
◆J-Moss Green mark Guideline
The J-Moss Green mark Guideline is issued by the following three industry associations which cover 7 designated products:
JEITA (Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association)
JEMA (Japan Electrical Manufacturers’ Association)
JRAIA (Japan Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Industry Association)
You can make a subscription for the Japanese version from the following URL:
As the guideline quotes a fair part of the JIS C 0950, please use it in combination with JIS.
◆Scopes of JIS and Guideline
For your reference, please see the scopes of JIS and Guideline.
3. How to obtain electronic data of each mark
◆Content mark (Orange mark)
You can download the electronic data from here. It is free of charge.
◆J-Moss Green mark
Please subscribe for the electronic data with this subscription form.
We will send you the electronic data within few days. It is free of charge.
As manufacturers and importers of the target products in Japan are obliged to make
“marking of presence” on the website in Japanese, we recommend that you would
collaborate with your Japanese office and/or trading companies.
4. Notice for companies using old J-Moss Green mark
(Annex D of JIS C 0950:2005)
According to the revision of JIS in 2008, the implementation of the J-Moss Green mark has been changed as follows:
(a) The Green mark is not defined in JIS any more. The old JIS (C 0950:2005) has been
revised in January 2008, and the new JIS (C 0950:2008) does not include the Green mark.
The newly designed Green mark is defined by the industrial guideline called “J-Moss
Green mark Guideline.”
(b) The newly designed Green mark has been effective since January 21, 2008 on which date
the new JIS and the “J-Moss Green mark Guideline” was issued. Scope of the new
Green mark is limited to 7 products which are target products for obligation of
“Content mark (orange mark)”. Products other than the following cannot bear the new Green mark:
Unit-type air conditioners
(c) The old Green mark can be used for products which were manufactured or imported
in Japan on or before July 31, 2008. The products other than those mentioned in (b)
which are manufactured or imported in Japan on or after August 1, 2008 can neither bear
old Green mark nor new Green mark.
Contact: J-Moss administration office
Environmental Affairs Dept. of JEITA