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Results of creating standards and evaluation projects

The project deliverable("The guidebook for the robot care equipment development" and related document)

Safety evaluation standards

Effectiveness Performance Standards

Development Verification Test Standards

Promotion of Standardization

Study Regarding the Development of Robot Aid Devices

Results of the subsidized project for development

In order to promote the development and the making of practical robotic devices for nursing care in priority areas, the Project to Promote the Development and Introduction of Robotic Devices for Nursing Care provides development subsidies to companies and other organizations that want to make products. These projects are called subsidized development projects and the organizations involved in subsidized development project are called subsidized development organizations. The main results of subsidized development projects are beneficial robot aid devices. Even if products do not result, the subsidized organizations the develop products can contribute to the accumulation of various knowledge.

Product Examples

Development robots resulting from subsidized projects

The Project to Promote the Development and Introduction of Devices for Nursing Care

METI has implemented “The Project to Promote the Development and Introduction of Robotic Devices for Nursing Care” since 2013, while aiming at promoting independence of caretakers and alleviating a burden on care workers through supporting development and introduction of the robotic nursing care device in the priority areas, thereby creating new markets for the robotic nursing care device.

The Project to Promote the Development and Introduction of Robotic Devices for Nursing Care is comprised of the following two schemes.

1.Development Subsidies
Provides subsidies to private enterprises desiring to develop products in priority areas, thus encouraging the development for practical application of robotic nursing care devices.
2.Standards Establishment and Evaluation
Defines the introduction of robotic nursing care devices into nursing care home, new nursing care programs utilizing related technologies, research on demonstration guidelines and standardization, and development and introduction guidelines.

Scheme structure

Portal site for this project

This site is established with the aim to contribute to promote“The Project to Promote the Development and Introduction of Robotic Devices for Nursing Care” by Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED) and to publicize the results, as well as social recognition and dissemination of nursing robots.

Basic Guidelines of Robot Development

Nursing care robots, which have gained considerable momentum in their recent research and development, are still in the course of research and development for “practical application.”

“The Project to Promote the Development and Introduction of Robotic Devices for Nursing Care” has been pressed ahead for practical application.

The following two points have been established as the basic guidelines in the development of practical robotic nursing care devices.

Basic Guideline 1:
View the purposes and effects of robotic nursing care devices in terms of impacts on “people.” Develop and utilize the nursing care robots rather than pursue only the mechanical performance, through the clear purposes of “better lives of ‘people’.”
Basic Guideline 2:
View the robotic nursing care devices as a physical means of providing “nursing care that brings improvement.” Nursing care robots do not serve as a means of compensating for disability. Accordingly, view them within overall nursing care programs in view of an interactive relationship with human-provided nursing care.


(Scheme description materials)
“The Project to Promote the Development and Introduction of Robotic Devices for Nursing Care” The Project to Promote the Development and Introduction of Robotic Devices for Nursing Care (40 minutes and 20 seconds)

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