JRC-IHCP activities

Tubes with chemicalsThe JRC-IHCP hosts and develops multi-disciplinary activities cutting across chemistry, nanoscience, biology, toxicology, nutritional and behavioural science and information management. It produces methodologies, knowledge base and information for the assessment of potential risks to human health, and provides reliable methods and standards for harmonised testing in Europe.

The institute hosts a number of reference centres and laboratories and serves five main policy areas:

Alternatives to Animal Testing

  • Support to international research towards next-generation toxicity testing and EU legislation and strategies on chemicals and consumer products  -> EU Reference Laboratory ECVAM

Food Safety and Consumer Protection

  • Harmonised testing methods and standards for food packaging materials and kitchen utensils, cosmetics, and textiles -> EU Reference Laboratory for Food Contact Materials

Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

  • Effective and reliable detection methods for  GMOs in food and feed  to  support EU legislation on authorisation and labelling and to help guarantee consumers' freedom of choice -> EU Reference Laboratory for Genetically Modified Food and Feed

Public Health

  • Contribution to harmonisation of cancer and rare diseases care in Europe; promotion of healthy diets and life style; disease prevention by  countering of environmental and behavioural factors


  • Detection and characterisation of nanomaterials in food and consumer products to support safe innovation, safety assessment of nanomaterials.