Reference materials for biotechnology and life sciences
Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements
Acronym: Biotech RM
This project focuses on the provision of reliable and internationally accepted means for reference measurement systems in the fields of health, life science and biotechnology. The development and certification of reference materials for calibration and quality control purposes for these areas is the principal outcome of the project. In addition, participation in international metrological and standardisation efforts for bioanalysis activities contributes also to the increased knowledge and understanding of protein and DNA-related measurements.
The project primarily concentrates on quality assurance issues related to the quantification of genetically modified organisms, the establishment and implementation of health-related reference measurement systems (targeting mainly proteins and DNA) and the measurement of other health-relevant compounds (such as hormones and electrolytes in serum). In support of the European regulations on the labelling of genetically modified products in food and feed and of the In Vitro Diagnostics (IVD) Directive, the development and provision of well-characterised pure compounds and matrix reference materials will remain the goal of the third year of FP7, together with the development of cutting-edge methods for a better characterisation and quantification of protein and DNA molecules or fragments thereof in relevant matrices.
This action will work closely together with the actions "European Reference Materials - Technology development and quality management" (11102), "Food safety and quality control" (33004) as well as "Reference materials for food safety and microbiology" (33003). The action cooperates with relevant international organisations, such as the Comité Consultatif pour la Quantité de Matière (CCQM) of the Comité International des Poids et Mesures (CIPM), the International Federation of Clinical Chemistry (IFCC), the Joint Committee for Traceability in Laboratory Medicine (JCTLM), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the Comité Européen de Normalisation (CEN). Moreover, support is provided to the European Network of GMO laboratories (ENGL) and in particular to the Community Reference Laboratory on GM food and feed (CRL-GMFF). Complementary duties are coordinated with the JRC-IHCP to ensure efficiency.