International Partnership

In 2007, IBHRE formed a strategic partnership with the Japanese Heart Rhythm Society. IBHRE representatives worked closely with their Japanese counterparts to develop an examination that met the requirements mandated by the Japanese Ministry of Health. Requirements stipulated that all professionals in the medical device industry who have direct contact with cardiac patients must be nationally certified. Under this collaboration Japan allied professionals may earn the Certified Cardiac Device Specialist - Japan Device Representative  (CCDS-JDR) credential. The exam is intended to ensure a standard knowledge base for those involved in assisting physicians and other health care professionals in the implant and management of pacemakers and ICDs.

2024 CCDS-JDR Exam Dates:

January  January 27, 2024
July July 27, 2024

Contact the Secretariat of the Japan CDR Center to register and for more information.

About the Japanese Exam:

  • More than 600 examinees completed the first exam.
  • The IBHRE and Japan partnership serves as a model for exams specifically tailored to meet the knowledge requirements of a health care system outside of the United States.

IBHRE welcomes the opportunity to work with all international heart rhythm organizations. For more information, please email us at

IBHRE-JDR Certification Committee 

Katsuhiko Imai, MD
Hiroshima University

Yasuya Inden, MD
Nagoya University
Vice Chairman

Ritsuko Kohno, MD
Sangyou Medical College

Ryuji Tokano
Juntendo University

Katsumi Matsumoto, MD
Good Heart Clinic

Toshkio Nakai, MD
Nihon University

Nobuhiro Nishii, MD
Okayama University

Yasufumi Miyauchi, MD
Nihon Medical College

Masahiko Takagi, MD
Kansai University Medical Center

Takashi Noda, MD
Tohoku University

Junya Hosoda, MD
Yokohama City University

Shingo Sasaki, MD
Hirosaki University

Toshiaki Sato, MD
Kyorin University

Itsuro Morishma, MD
Ogaki Municipal Hospital

Toshiyuki Ishikawa, MD
Yokohama City University


Achieving Global Excellence in Heart Rhythm Management