Environmentally conscious design is incorporated in all our products. In order to develop products with excellent environmental performance, Canon Medical Group has established a certification system for industry-leading eco-products*. In FY2015, three of our products were additionally recognized as such products.
*Industry-leading eco-products: Canon Medical Group's internally recognized products that, at the time of release, achieved excellent environmental performance in terms of "prevention of global warming", "effective use of resources", and "management of chemical substances".
Since 2011, in order to expand the use of industry leading eco-products to as many customers as possible, helping to reduce environmental impact, we have been positively publicizing the environmental performance of our systems at major exhibitions held in many countries worldwide. In 2015, in addition to Japan, Europe, and South America, we have exhibited our systems in China and Middle Eastern countries. We are making efforts to participate in more international exhibitions in order to publicize products that deliver excellent environmental performance.
Canon Medical is promoting environmental activities while balancing global environment concerns and economic profitability through participation in activities of industrial associations in Japan, the USA, and Europe, and the umbrella organization DITTA (International Congress of Diagnostic Imaging and Therapy Systems Trade Association).
Source: JIRA (Japan Medical Imaging and Radiological Systems Industries Association)
<Japan> Participation in JIRA*1
In keeping with the trend toward stricter application of environmental regulations to medical devices in many countries, JIRA began taking measures related to environmental regulations in 2004. As the head of the Environment Committee of JIRA, a Canon Medical Group's employee has been taking the initiative in promoting environmental measures, such as information exchange between various medical equipment manufacturers, and gathering opinions on proposals.
<Europe> Participation in COCIR*2
In order to comply with EU regulations on the use of chemical substances and with the energy-saving directive for medical devices, COCIR has been taking measures such as setting self-imposed target values etc. in collaboration with EU government agencies. We have also been actively participating in their activities as a principal member.
<Global> Participation in DITTA*3
From this fiscal year, industrial associations in Japan, USA, and Europe have been gathering at the international congress of DITTA to exchange information and make a joint proposal on international environmental regulations that affect medical devices.
We have also been actively participating in DITTA as a member of the industrial association in Japan (JIRA).
*1 JIRA: Japan Medical Imaging and Radiological Systems Industries Association
*2 COCIR: European Coordination Committee of the Radiological, Electromedical and Healthcare IT Industry
*3 DITTA: Global Diagnostic Imaging, Healthcare IT, and Radiation Therapy Trade Association