JRC releases new reference material used in blood tests
The CRP reference material enables laboratories to use common reference ranges and to compare results between hospitals and countries over time© EU 2012
The JRC has released a new clinical reference material certified for C-reactive protein (CRP) in collaboration with the International Federation for Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (IFCC). This reference material, developed by the JRC Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM), is the global standard for CRP, enabling laboratories worldwide to use common reference ranges in diagnosis, and to compare results between hospitals and countries over time.
CRP is one of the most important health status markers measured in human blood tests as its levels change rapidly in response to inflammation and infection, making it a sensitive marker of inflammation and tissue damage. Measurements of CRP are used in the diagnosis of bacterial and viral infections, the assessment of disease activity in inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, and the determination of the long-term risk of cardiovascular disease and heart attacks.