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JRC releases milk reference materials on World Standards Day
The JRC has released two new certified reference materials for milk and milk products. The release comes on World Standards Day, 14 October, which aims to raise awareness about the positive impact of standards.
The European Reference Materials ERM®-BD150 and ERM®-BD151 make the many measurements related to the dairy sector trustworthy, thereby ensuring the safety of food products on the market. They are intended for quality control and for assessing the performance of the methods to measure elements in milk and milk products, and will support the dairy sector to comply with limits set in European legislation for some trace elements, such as calcium, potassium or magnesium.
These reference materials are just two examples of the JRC's work on standardisation. The Commission's in-house science service also collaborates extensively with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) on a wide range of standards issues, including the harmonisation and standardisation of analytical methods to determine the presence of chemicals in textiles and to characterise textile fibres. Since 2010, three of the JRC-developed methods became international standards after CEN or ISO had published them.
Also in the world of nanomaterials, very miniscule materials with special properties stemming from their nanoscale dimensions, it is crucial that everybody speaks the same language. The JRC has supported standardisation for nanomaterials in the areas of health, safety, and the environment through its participation in both the ISO and CEN Committees on Nanotechnologies for instance, and nine standardisation documents addressing issues such as occupational exposure, safety or test item preparation have been published.
The JRC is likewise exploring how a "watch list", of substances presenting a significant risk to or via the aquatic environment can be drafted, because a watch list mechanism has been included in the amended Environmental Quality Standards Directive under the Water Framework Directive.
In addition to the above-mentioned examples, the JRC provides scientific and technical support to European standardisation in a vast range of areas, including construction, life sciences, bio- and eco-technologies, clean transport and renewable energies and nuclear safeguarding. Earlier this year the JRC published its thematic report on Science for Standards with an overview of the JRC's standardisation work.
- JRC Science for Standards thematic report
- Two new certified milk powder reference materials to commemorate World Standards Day 2013
- The JRC's work on nanotechnology
- Validation of analytical methods for the WFD "watch list" pilot exercise
- European Committee for Standardization
- International Organization for Standardization