ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 28
Revision June 2020
1 Scope (Revised in 2015)
Standardization of basic characteristics, test methods and other related items of products such as 2D and 3D Printers/Scanners, Copiers, Projectors, Fax and Systems composed of their combinations, excluding such interfaces as user system interfaces, communication interfaces and protocols.
SC 28 was established in 1989 based on a Japanese proposal. Initially SNV (Switzerland) assumed Secretariat for the subcommittee. Then in 1997 ABNT (Brazil) succeeded the position. In 2001, however, Brazil stepped down from the Secretariat position for the reason of resource constraint. A proposal of JISC (Japan) to take over the Secretariat position from ABNT was welcomed by ABNT and SC 28 and approved by JTC 1 in its Sophia Antipolis Plenary held in October 2002. Financial and resources support for SC 28 Secretariat functions is provided by JBMIA (Japan Business Machines and Information Systems Association) delegated by JISC.
SC 28 is primarily a printer and copier oriented subcommittee whose scope remained unchanged since its inception. However, due to the changing nature of market needs for office equipment and related technologies with increasing usage of 3D technology in the office environments, SC 28 resolved to clarify its scope as written above in 2015.
Included in the inventory of published SC 28 standards are specification sheets descriptors, productivity (throughput) measurement methods, printed image quality evaluation methods, toner/ink cartridges yield measurement methods, office colour management and accessibility guidelines for office equipment.
Though 3D printers/scanners in the office/home space was added to the scope of SC 28, 3D technologies and markets are still growing and increasing its diversity. Therefore, we continue to monitor developments of 3D technologies and markets in order to adopt our standardization experiences in 3D, such as the methods for measurement of productivity of 3D devices, quality of 3D output, yield of consumables and so on. It is estimated to take a few years for SC28 to actually initiate any work of standards since 3D technology has neither matured nor unified yet for SC 28 to adopt.
SC28 has been monitoring the technology and its legislatives of accessibility, which offers easy-access especially for disabled and/or elderly people. Features such as simplified displays to help those with weak eyesight, reduced height of multifunctional printers and easy sliding trays are a few examples. ISO/IEC 10779:2008 “Accessibility guidelines for older persons and persons with disabilities” was revised in 2020 harmonized with the US Section 508 and European EN 301 549.
The fact that the frontier of SC 28 is contiguous with scopes of several committees necessitates SC28’s tight liaison ship and Joint Working Group (JWG); ECMA TC 38, CIE Div.1, CIE Div. 8, ICC, TC 42/WG 3/WG18, TC 42/WG 5, IEC TC 100/TA2, ISO TC 130/WG 3, ISO TC 171 /SC1/SC2, JTC1/SC41 and JTC 1/WG 12.
ISO/IEC JTC 1 SC 28 Plenary meeting at Zhuhai, China in June 2018
3 Plenary meetings
9th (1998): Buzios, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
10th (1999): Yokohama, Japan
11th (2000): Berlin, Germany
12th (2001): Simsbury, Connecticut, USA
13th (2002): Berlin, Germany
14th (2003): Jeju-do, Korea
15th (2004): Nuremberg, Germany
16th (2005): Beijing, China
17th (2006): Lexington, Kentucky USA
18th (2007): Matsumoto Nagano, Japan
19th (2008): Boeblingen, Germany
20th (2009): Busan, Korea
21st (2010): Rochester NY, USA
22nd (2011): Hangzhou, China
23rd (2012): London. UK
24th (2013): Vienna, Austria
25th (2014): Berlin, Germany
26th (2015): Matsue, Japan
27th (2016): Portland (Vancouver WA), USA
28th (2017): London, UK
29th (2018): Zhuhai, China
30th (2019): Matsuyama, Japan
31th (2020): Virtual meeting due to COVID-19
Name Term National body
Raul Colcher 1997-2001 Brazil (ABNT)
Akira Saito 2002-2017 Japan (JISC)
Takashi Ito 2017- Japan (JISC)
Name Term National body
Andre Valle 1997-2001 Brazil (ABNT)
Katsuhito Dei 2002-2006 Japan (JISC)
Kazumasa Kumakura 2006-2009 Japan (JISC)
Motokuni Sugiyama 2009 -2014 Japan (JISC)
Takashi Ito 2014-2017 Japan (JISC)
Etsuko Sawada 2017- 2020 Japan (JISC)
Nobuaki Hamada 2020 – Japan (JISC)
ISO/IEC JTC 1 SC 28 Plenary meeting at Matsuyama, Japan in June 2019