Material Issue 3
Protection and Conservation of the Global Environment (1)

SDGs and Our Commitment

Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

We promote sustainable consumption and production patterns through various efforts in green procurement and resource circulation.

Goal 13: Climate Action

Our activities to achieve this goal include measures to improve energy efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions throughout the entire product life cycle, and assistance to help customers and society reduce environmental impacts.

Goal 15: Life on Land

To achieve a society in balance with nature, we take measures to conserve biodiversity and procure sustainable wood products.


Recognizing that the Earth is an irreplaceable asset, Canon Medical Systems Group strives to develop and provide environmentally conscious medical equipment and systems that contribute to the community and healthcare services. This is the responsibility and corporate philosophy of Canon Medical Systems Group, which is expanding its business worldwide. Based on this philosophy, and to the extent of technical and economic feasibility, we promote environmental activities in accordance with the Canon Group Environmental Charter and the Canon Medical Systems Group Standards of Conduct.

Environmental Policy

Canon Medical Systems Group considers environmental stewardship to be a primary responsibility of management. The Group specifies and periodically reviews its objectives and targets through assessment of the environmental aspects of its business activities, products, and services. All staff members work towards the goal of continuously improving the environmental management system and its performance, and preventing pollution.
Canon Medical Systems Group complies with all laws and regulations concerning the environment, agreements on pollution prevention, and its own stricter standards, taking effects on the environment and on biodiversity into consideration.
Canon Medical Systems Group specifies the following objectives to reduce the environmental impact of its products and business processes.
  1. Developing and providing environmentally conscious products and services, which contribute to reducing environmental impact throughout their life cycles.
  2. Reducing the environmental impact of all business processes, including design and development, manufacturing, sales and distribution, servicing, and disposal, with a focus on the prevention of global warming, the efficient utilization of resources, and the control of chemical substances.
  3. Promoting biodiversity conservation activities in cooperation with communities.
Maximizing disclosure and enhancing communication to facilitate mutual understanding with communities and customers.

Toshio Takiguchi
President and Chief Executive Officer
Canon Medical Systems Corporation
Issued: January 4, 2018

Management System

The Canon Group has its own group-wide environmental management system that meets the requirements of ISO 14001, the international environmental management system standard. The system is designed to help offices in and outside of Japan to continuously improve their activities to ensure environmental conservation. Our production sites and sales companies in 40 countries and regions around the world have attained the integrated ISO management systems certification (ISO 14001).
In May 2018, our company received an inspection for the Canon global integrated ISO management systems certification and, based on the inspection result, obtained the certification. We will continue to promote environmental activities with an emphasis on maintaining employees’ motivation and improving the quality of activities.

Environmental Education for Employees

We provide all employees, as well as employees of contracting companies working on-site, with environmental training every year with the aim of allowing all employees to be well informed of the company’s environmental policy and the goals of environmental activities, ensuring compliance, and sharing information on the environment to activate communication and improve environmental awareness.
In addition, training for specialists and internal environmental auditors, who need competence, is provided to enhance our training programs.

Global Environmental Meeting
The first Global Environmental Meeting was held in April 2018 to discuss the establishment of an environmental management system involving both our company’s group companies in Japan and its overseas subsidiaries. Seven overseas subsidiaries participated in the meeting. The Canon Group Environmental Management Policy and the significance of our efforts in addressing environmental issues were explained to help participants improve their understanding.

Four Core Pillars of Our Environmental Strategy

According to the Canon Group’s Environmental Assurance Philosophy, our environmental strategy has four major goals, as shown below.
The basic concept behind the strategy is that producing products and providing services with fewer resources (raw materials, energy) will not only contribute to reducing costs but also to increasing economic benefits for customers.

1EU Ecodesign Directive: Directive aiming to establish a framework for ecological design requirements applied to energy-related products
2POPs Treaty: The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) specifies requirements related to POPs, which have high persistence in the environment, high bioaccumulation, high toxicity to humans and other organisms, and long-range transport potential, aiming to eliminate or restrict the production and use of POPs, reduce POPs emissions, and secure proper management of waste containing POPs.
3EU REACH Regulation: Comprehensive regulation for registration, evaluation, authorization and restriction of chemicals
4EU RoHS Directive: Directive adopted by the European Parliament and the Council concerning the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment sold in member states of the Council of the European Union
5EU WEEE Directive: Directive adopted by the European Parliament and the Council concerning the collection and recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment
6Production site: Headquarter of Canon Medical Systems Corporation located in Japan which is the main production site

Product Life Cycle

Promotion of Eco-Conscious Products

We send many new products to market each year while making efforts to meet challenging goals contribute to sustaining the global environment and reducing operating costs while achieving the clinical performance expected by customers. Based on our product development and design process, which complies with IEC 60601-1-9*, the international standard for environmentally conscious design of medical electrical equipment, products help save energy and resources and eliminate toxic chemicals over the course of their entire life cycle, from production to use and disposal. Our efforts are also focused on improving product use efficiency through improving customers’ testing efficiency.

IEC 60601-1-9: International electrical standard of requirements for environmentally conscious design to ensure compliance of medical devices with environmental regulations in different countries, which have become stricter every year

Participation in Global Environmental Activities by Industrial Associations

We play a leading role in the Environment Committee of JIRA*1 and participate in DITTA*2, its superior international organization. In response to the EU Ecodesign Directive*3, we also participate in a voluntary activity to promote the eco-design of products led by COCIR*4. We, in cooperation with other member companies, proactively save energy and resources, and manage chemicals contained in products. Outcomes from these efforts are proactively reported and shared with the European Union (EU). Particularly in recent years, in response to the circular economy promoted in the EU, we place emphasis on exploring technology to identify and reduce the consumption of CRMs*5. We have also adopted proactive efforts to eliminate toxic chemicals in products.

1 JIRA: Japan Medical Imaging and Radiological Systems Industries Association
2 DITTA: International Congress of Diagnostic Imaging and Therapy Systems Trade Association
3 EU Ecodesign Directive: Directive aiming to establish a framework for ecological design requirements applied to energy-related products
4 COCIR: The European Coordination Committee of the Radiological, Electromedical and Healthcare IT Industry
5 CRMs: Critical Raw Materials

Effective Use of Resources

TOPICS: Refurbishment Efforts

To make effective use of resources consumed in our business activities, we recycle used products and reuse parts in the repair of products. We have established 3R centers in Japan, the United States and Europe to refurbish used products to promote the Secondlife refurbishment program, which complies with the GRP*1 as defined by COCIR*2. Experts stationed at the 3R centers examine used products collected from medical facilities and, depending on their condition, replace parts as necessary to update their functions, which is followed by quality inspection to ensure that refurbished products meet high quality standards. The IEC*3 63077 international standard regarding the refurbishment of used products is expected to be issued by the end of 2019.
We also reuse parts for repair. After undergoing cleaning and inspection of appearance and function, parts collected from used products are sorted out based on inspection results, which is followed by quality inspection. These inspected parts will then be sent to parts centers to be used for repair.

1GRP: Good Refurbishment Practice, the refurbishment process undertaken for the resale of used medical devices. It defines requirements for the selection of devices to be refurbished, replacement of parts on an as-needed basis, the testing of safety, function and performance based on the specifications of the original manufacturers, and the recording of details of refurbishment work.
2COCIR: The European Coordination Committee of the Radiological, Electromedical and Healthcare IT Industry
3IEC: International Electrotechnical Commission. An international organization which prepares and publishes International Standards for all electrical, electronic and related technologies.

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