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Apr. 1972

With the approval of the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health and Welfare, the foundation became independent of the Keio University Shinanomachi Media Center (Kitasato Memorial Medical Library), its mother organization, and assumed such work as that related to MEDLARS, INIS and APTIC.
Aug. 1973 It received an assignment for research and development on the codes for medical terminology and a thesaurus for medical terminology from the Ministry of Health and Welfare.
Aug. 1974 The foundation was established as a center specializing in medicine within the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
Apr. 1975

A dial access service that supplies current medical and healthcare information was initiated.
Oct. 1975 It joined the Japanese Medical Library Association (JMLA) as a supporting member.
Dec. 1976

It signed a business contract with the National Cancer Institute (NCI) of the United States for the International Cancer Research Data Bank (ICRDB).
Nov. 1977 The first issue of “IMIC”, a medical information periodical, was published.
Dec. 1977

Online connection to British Library Lending Division (BLLD) was established.
Nov. 1981 The IMIC library was founded.
May. 1982 Open seminars and open lectures were held at the ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of the foundation.
July. 1985 The Osaka Service Office opened.
Oct. 1987 Open seminars and open lectures were held at the 15th anniversary in Tokyo and Osaka.
July. 1991 The construction of a medical information database for medical congresses and medical seminars was initiated.
Apr. 1993 Rapid bibliographic communication of drug information and database creation service were initiated.
Dec. 1994 Rapid reporting service for adverse effects of pharmaceutical products reported in Japan (Side Effect Literature in IMIC or SELIMIC) was started.
June. 1995 Headquarters and the Tokyo Office moved to Shinanomachi-Rengakan, Shinjuku (the current location).
Nov. 1995 An operation was started to offer “A database for the Proceedings of Medical Congresses in Japan” to NACSIS-IR.
Apr. 1996

“Cancer information service” via fax was initiated.
Sep. 1996 Distribution of "Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare Specific Disease Research CD-ROM" was initiated.
Oct. 1997 IMIC Web [databases for information on adverse effects SELIMIC Web, translation of the abstracts from MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report; epidemiological information from the United States) and an index list of feature articles published in Japan] were made available.
Oct. 1999 The head office of the Japanese Society of Clinical Hematology was established.
Dec. 1999 Production and sales of MedDRA Navigator, a viewing software for MedDRAJ was initiated.
Feb. 2000

IMIC Order (copying service via the Internet and search application system) was started.
Apr. 2000 Medical Societies Secretariat Support Service was initiated.
A service to organize academic congresses on consignment was initiated.
July. 2000 EBM Promotion Center was established.
June. 2001 A management system of academic congress information was introduced on IMICWeb.
Apr. 2002 Copyright Management System operation was initiated.
July 2002 A Web edition catalog for the periodicals available at IMIC was made available.
Oct. 2003 SELIMIC Web was renewed.
Apr. 2005 Medical Device Alert service, SELIMIC Web Alert service and GVP (Good Vigilance Practice) contract literature research were initiated.
Apr. 2006 Documentation services providing information for the proper use of pharmaceutical products were initiated.
Dec. 2006 The head office of Japanese Board of Cancer Therapy was established in Medical Societies Office.
Apr. 2007

Obtained the Privacy Mark/IMIC Order was renewed.
Feb. 2008 Osaka Branch Office was relocated.
Aug. 2009 A new branch office (IMIC ANNEX) was set up near the Shinanomachi-Rengakan office.
Apr. 2010

Integrated Literature Information Management System Service "I-dis" was initiated.
Apr. 2011 SELIMIC was renewed (global GVP compatible).
Nov. 2012 SELIMIC "HIROBA" made public
Apr. 2013 Reorganized as a General Incorporated Foundation pursuant to the Public Interest Corporation System Reform Related Act
Apr. 1972
Widt dte approval of dte Ministry of Education and dte Ministry of Healdt and Welfare, dte foundation became independent of dte Keio University Shinanomachi Media Center (Kitasato Memorial Medical Library), its modter organization, and assumed such work as dtat related to MEDLARS, INIS and APTIC.
Aug. 1973
It received an assignment for research and development on dte codes for medical terminology and a dtesaurus for medical terminology from dte Ministry of Healdt and Welfare.
Aug. 1974
The foundation was established as a center specializing in medicine widtin dte National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
Apr. 1975
A dial access service dtat supplies current medical and healdtcare information was initiated.

Oct. 1975
It joined dte Japanese Medical Library Association (JMLA) as a supporting member.
Dec. 1976
It signed a business contract widt dte National Cancer Institute (NCI) of dte United States for dte International Cancer Research Data Bank (ICRDB).
Nov. 1977
The first issue of "IMIC", a medical information periodical, was published.
Dec. 1977
Online connection to British Library Lending Division (BLLD) was established.
Nov. 1981
The IMIC library was founded.
May. 1982
Open seminars and open lectures were held at dte ceremony marking dte 10dt anniversary of dte foundation.
July. 1985
The Osaka Service Office opened.
Oct. 1987
Open seminars and open lectures were held at dte 15dt anniversary in Tokyo and Osaka.
July. 1991
The construction of a medical information database for medical congresses and medical seminars was initiated.
Apr. 1993
Rapid bibliographic communication of drug information and database creation service were initiated.
Dec. 1994
Rapid reporting service for adverse effects of pharmaceutical products reported in Japan (Side Effect Literature in IMIC or SELIMIC) was started.
June. 1995
Headquarters and dte Tokyo Office moved to Shinanomachi-Rengakan, Shinjuku (dte current location).
Nov. 1995
An operation was started to offer "A database for dte Proceedings of Medical Congresses in Japan" to NACSIS-IR.
Apr. 1996
"Cancer information service" via fax was initiated.
Sep. 1996
Distribution of "Ministry of Healdt, Labour and Welfare Specific Disease Research CD-ROM" was initiated.
Oct. 1997
IMIC Web [databases for information on adverse effects SELIMIC Web, translation of dte abstracts from MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report; epidemiological information from dte United States) and an index list of feature articles published in Japan] were made available.
Oct. 1999
The head office of dte Japanese Society of Clinical Hematology was established.
Dec. 1999
Production and sales of MedDRA Navigator, a viewing software for MedDRAJ was initiated.
Feb. 2000
IMIC Order (copying service via dte Internet and search application system) was started.
Apr. 2000
Medical Societies Secretariat Support Service was initiated.
A service to organize academic congresses on consignment was initiated.
July. 2000
EBM Promotion Center was established.
June. 2001
A management system of academic congress information was introduced on IMICWeb.
Apr. 2002
Copyright Management System operation was initiated.
July 2002
A Web edition catalog for dte periodicals available at IMIC was made available.
Oct. 2003
SELIMIC Web was renewed.
Apr. 2005
Medical Device Alert service, SELIMIC Web Alert service and GVP (Good Vigilance Practice) contract literature research were initiated.
Apr. 2006
Documentation services providing information for dte proper use of pharmaceutical products were initiated.
Dec. 2006
The head office of Japanese Board of Cancer Therapy was established in Medical Societies Office.
Apr. 2007
Obtained dte Privacy Mark/IMIC Order was renewed
Feb. 2008
Osaka Branch Office was relocated.
Aug. 2009
A new branch office (IMIC ANNEX) was set up near dte Shinanomachi-Rengakan office.
Apr. 2010
Integrated Literature Information Management System Service "I-dis" was initiated.

Apr. 2011
SELIMIC was renewed (global GVP compatible).
Nov. 2012
SELIMIC "HIROBA" made public
Apr. 2013
Reorganized as a General Incorporated Foundation pursuant to dte Public Interest Corporation System Reform Related Act

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