The JRC is a Directorate-General of the European Commission under the responsibility of Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science. Its Board of Governors assists and advices the Director General on matters relating to the role and the scientific, technical and financial management of the JRC.
The Directorate-General is located in Brussels.
The seven JRC institutes are located on five separate sites in Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain. The Institutes are:
- The Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM)
- The Institute for Transuranium Elements (ITU)
- The Institute for Energy and Transport (IET)
- The Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen (IPSC)
- The Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES)
- The Institute for Health and Consumer Protection (IHCP)
- The Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS)
The Ispra site management (ISM) Directorate is responsible for the site management and for the nuclear decommissioning, safety, security and protection.