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A person who conducts the business of manufacturing Designated Equipment may be registered by the Minister of METI for each of its plants and types of work according to the business category regarding Designated Equipment. The person so registered is referred to as a “Registered Manufacturer of Designated Equipment.”
In addition, a person who conducts in a foreign country the business of manufacturing Designated Equipment to be exported to Japan is referred to as “Registered Foreign Manufacturer of Designed Equipment” separately from Registered Manufacturers of Designed Equipment.
Designated Equipment manufactured by a Registered Manufacturer of Designated Equipment or Registered Foreign Manufacturer of Designed Equipment for which a Designated Equipment Standards Conformity Certificate has been issued does not need to undergo a Designated Equipment Inspection.
A person who intends to be registered shall apply to the Minister of METI (or the Director General of Industrial Safety and Inspection Department when its plants or works to manufacture Designated Equipment are set up in only one jurisdiction of the Industrial Safety and Inspection Department). The Minister of METI or Director General of Industrial Safety and Inspection Department shall inspect (i) manufacturing equipment for Designated Equipment, (ii) inspection equipment for Designated Equipment, (iii) the quality control method and matters concerning the organizational system for inspection, and (iv) inspection codes for Designated Equipment (a code prescribing a method of inspecting Designated Equipment) in the plants or works, in addition to examination of documents concerning various items. When they conform to the standards set in the Designated Equipment Inspection Ordinance, said person shall be registered.
Moreover, the items of inspection by the Minister of METI as referred to in (i) through (iv) above may be examined instead by the High Pressure Gas Safety Institute of Japan or an Investigation Agency of Inspection Organizations, etc. In that case, when they conform to the standards, the High Pressure Gas Safety Institute of Japan or Investigation Agency of Inspection Organizations, etc. shall issue a document showing the conformity, and the applicant shall submit an application for registration to the Minister of METI with that document.