The mission of the Joint Research Centre (JRC) is to provide customer-driven scientific and technical support for the conception, development, implementation and monitoring of European Union policies. As a service of the European Commission, the JRC functions as a reference centre of science and technology for the Union. Close to the policy-making process, it serves the common interest of the Member States, while being independent of special interests, whether private or national.
What is the JRC?
The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is a Directorate General (DG) of the European Commission serving the European Union (EU) as a whole. It's overall objective is to help create a safer, cleaner, healthier and more competitive Europe.
The JRC coordinates and contributes to numerous EU-wide networks linking industry, universities and Member State institutes, as well as carrying out studies and experiments in our own laboratories on behalf of customer institutions. The JRC also participates in projects with a large range of partners in the Member States, and liaises with a variety of non-EU and global scientific and standard-setting bodies.
This work embraces a broad spectrum of tasks: from establishing standards for healthcare product approval to identifying the sources of illicit nuclear materials; from improving the earthquake-resistance of buildings to detecting the presence of genetically modified (GM) ingredients in foodstuffs; from assessing the quality and sustainability of water resources, to satellite monitoring of land use and deforestation.