Press Release

  This press release is issued by NASDA.


Obtainment of ISO 9001 Third Party Certification for NASDA Headquarters

April 23, 2003 (JST)

National Space Development Agency of Japan)

The National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA) has been adopting the ISO (International Organization for Standardization) Standards of the 9000 series as one of the measures to establish and improve NASDA's quality system since 1998, and has been applying the standards, one by one, to such fields as launch vehicle and satellites, development and operation of the International Space Station (ISS), and Testing.
Following these fields, the Headquarters of NASDA has currently obtained a third party certification, ISO 9001(2000 version).
With the certification of the Headquarters, NASDA completes the quality system except research fields.

1. Accreditation Bodies, Providing Certification for NASDA Headquarters

(1) JAPAN : The Japan Accreditation Board for Conformity Assessment (JBA)
(2) U.K. : United Kingdom Accreditation Services (UKAS)
(3) U.S.A. : American National Standards Institute-Register Accreditation Board (ANSI-RAB)*
(4) Germany : Deutscher Akkreditierungs Rat (DAR)
(5) France : French Committee for Accreditation (COFRAC)*
(6) Australia : Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ)
(7) Netherlands : Raad voor Accreditatie, Netherlands (RvA)

* Owing to the procedural matters, the registrations in U.S.A. and in France are delayed.

2. Registration Body

Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance Limited (LRQA)

3. Quality Policy

"Provide Quality to Meet Customer's Requirements "
The effectiveness of the quality management system should be continuously improved. In order to implement the quality policy, it should be taken into consideration that NASDA fosters "challenging spirits and professionalism" of the employees.

4. Applicable Operations

The ISO 9001: 2000 is applicable to the following headquarters' operations: Office of Space Utilization Systems, Office of Space Transportation Systems, Office of Satellite Technology, Research and Applications, and Office of Research and Development.

5. Applicable Departments in the Headquarters

  • Policy and Program Management Department
  • General Affairs Department
  • Personnel Department
  • Finance Department
  • Contract Department
  • Safety and Reliability Department
  • External Relations Department
  • Advanced Information Systems Department
  • Ground Facilities Office


List of the Departments provided with ISO 9000 Series certifications.
NameStandardAccredited Date
Office of Space Transportation Systems
Tanegashima Space Center
ISO 9002 : 1994 October 20, 2000
Office of Space Transportation Systems ISO9001 : 1994 August 30, 2001
Office of Satellite Technology, Research and Applications ISO9001 : 1994 December 4, 2001
Office of Space Transportation Systems
Kakuda Rocket Propulsion Center
ISO9002 : 1994 March 8, 2002
Office of Research and Development
Environmental and Structural Test Laboratory
ISO9001 : 2000 June 12, 2002
Office of Space Utilization Systems ISO9001 : 2000 November 22, 2002

[International standards ISO 9000 series (1994 version) for quality assurance]

This is the international standard series related to the quality system regulated by the Technical Committee ISO/TC176 on Quality management and Quality assurance, mainly consisting of ISO 9001, ISO 9002, and ISO 9003.

a) ISO 9001: model in design, development, production, installation, and servicing.
b) ISO 9002: model in production, installation, and servicing.
c) ISO 9003: model in final inspection and tests.

[International standards ISO 9001 (2000 version) for quality assurance]

The 1994 editions of ISO 9001,ISO 9002, and ISO 9003 standards are consolidated into the single ISO 9001: 2000 standard.
The contents are restructured into four sections "Management responsibility", "Resource management ", "Product Realization", and "Measurement, Analysis and Improvement".
The terminology, originally designed for the manufacturing industry, was also revised to be applicable in all sorts of business fields.
What emphasized here are as follows: top management commitment, emphasis on the process approach, continual improvement together with enhancing satisfaction for customers and other interested parties.