JAS are the Japanese national standards established by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries in the fields of food, agriculture, forestry, and fisheries.
Under the JAS system, it is possible to establish a variety of standards, including (1) Quality/Specifications of Products, (2) Process of Production/Distribution of Products, (3) Methods of Product Handling by Business Operators, (4) Business Managing Methods of Business Operators, (5) Testing Methods of Products, and (6) Vocabulary related to (1)-(5).
The JAS Standards for organic plants and organic processed foods of plant origin were established in 2000 on the basis with the Guidelines for the Production, Processing, Labelling and Marketing of Organically Produced Foods which were adopted by the Codex Alimentarius Commission.
The organic JAS logo can only be applied by registered business entities that have been certified by the Accredited certification body to verify that organic foods are produced in compliance with JAS.
The JAS system includes (1) a certification system in which a third party (an accredited certification body) verifies that products, services, and initiatives conform to standards.