BOKEN is Japan’ s leading comprehenive testing organization that conducts testing and research with a focus on not only textiles but lifestyle goods.

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1948 Established the Japan Spinners Inspecting Foundation.
1958 Designated by government as testing organization under the Export Inspection Law.
1962 Registered as testing organization for arbitration of micronaire readings.
1969 Developed BOKENSTAIN (textile identification agent).
1970 Denominated a common name as "BOKEN".
Started BOKEN Exhibition.
1976 Designated as testing organization for Q mark inspection.
1977 Registered as testing organization under the Working Environment Measurement Law .
Registered as testing organization under the Measurement Law.
1989 Formed a business alliance with SGS Hong Kong Ltd.
Established Tokyo(Tobu) Testing Center.
Designated as testing organization for SEK mark inspection.
Designated as testing organization by International Down and Feather Bureau.
1990 Designated as testing organization by International Down and Feather Bureau.
Designated as testing organization for carpets by Japan Fire Retardant Association.
Started BOKEN Seminar.
1992 Formed a business alliance with China Textile Institute in
Taiwan.
1993 Formed a business alliance with SP Technical Research
Institute of Sweden.
1995 Established Shanghai Testing Center.
Changed structure to branch system.
Registered as investigative organization under the Product Liability Law.
Established approval testing center for lifestyle goods.
Established new testing center of Tobu(Tokyo) Head Office.
1996 Formed a business alliance with Korea Woven Fabrics Testing Institute (Renamed
as FITI Testing & Research Institute).
Set up a website.
1997 Started Textile Introductory Textiles seminars.
1999 Acquired ISO 9002 certification.
2000 Acquired JNLA (Japan National Laboratory Accreditation) certification.
2002 Established Changzhou Testing Center.
Established Qingdao Testing Center.
Acquired ASNITE (Accreditation System of National Institute of Technology and
Evaluation) certification (Tobu, Kinki, Chubu, Seibu).
Started Quality Control Seminar.
2003 Renewed ISO 9001 registration.
Registered as an accredited business under the
international MRA (Tobu, Kinki, Chubu, Seibu).
Established Life Environment Testing Center.
Established Kinki CITYLAB Honmachi.
Designated as a designated performance evaluation
organization of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure,
2004 Established Life Environment Testing Center Tokyo Laboratory.
Formed a business alliance with SGS Taiwan Ltd.
2005 Formed a business alliance with SGS-CSTC Ltd. (Guangzhou)
Established Shanghai Second Testing Center (Now: Shanghai puxi Office & Laboratory).
Designated as testing organization of CCMI (Cashmere
and Camel Hair Manufacturers Institute)
2006 Renewed ISO 9001 registration.
Formed a business alliance with SGS-CSTC Ltd.(Hangzhou)
Established Tobu Nihonbashi VIVOLAB.
2007 Established Lifestyle Goods Testing Center.
2009 Held the first overseas BOKEN Exhibition.
2010 Established Tobu Shibuya Office.
2011 Transformed to general incorporated foundation.
Changed name from "Japan Spinners Inspecting
Foundation" to "Boken Quality Evaluation Institute".
Established Shanghai Functional Analysis Center.
2012 Formed a business alliance with Chinatesta Textile Testing & Certification Services (CTTC).
Formed a business alliance with SGS Indonesia Ltd.
Established a group company "Qingdao Boken Quality Evaluation Co., Ltd."
2013 Established Tokyo Head Office
Formed a business alliance with SGS Thailand Ltd. and SGS Vietnam Ltd.
Established Osaka Hommachi Office.
Elected as strategic cooperation partner of China National Textile & Apparel
Council (CNTAC) White list management system.
2014 Established Bangkok Office & Laboratory and Ho Chi Minh
Office & Laboratory.
Registered as registered inspection body under the Food
Sanitation Act.
Established a group company "Changzhou Boken Quality
Evaluation Co., Ltd."
Established a group company "Shanghai Aili Apparel
Check & Mending Co., Ltd."
Established Nantong Office in Changzhou Boken Quality
Evaluation Co., Ltd.
Formed a business alliance with HeiQ Materials AG, a
chemical manufacturer for textiles in Switzerland.
Expanded a business alliance with SGS Thailand to
Kingdom of Cambodia.
Formed a business alliance with Japan Electrical Safety &
Environment Technology Laboratories (JET).
2015 Registered Analysis Test Center (Tokyo and Osaka Office &
Laboratory) for specific aromatic amines as JNLA
Registered Testing Organization.
Established Qingdao Boken Quality Evaluation Co., Ltd.
Dalian Reception Office.
Established Phnom Penh Office & Laboratory.
Moved and expanded Okayama Office & Laboratory.
Formed a business alliance with Techno Science Co., Ltd.,
an environmental analysis company.