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The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.
The public launch of IPCheM, the Information Platform for Chemical Monitoring, will take place on Monday, 19 October 2015, in Brussels.
IPCheM is a single access point for locating and retrieving chemical monitoring data collections.
Supporting a coordinated approach to collecting, storing and accessing monitoring data on chemicals, in humans and in the environment, IPCheM will be of great interest to a wide range of users, including relevant authorities, international and national organisations, researchers, companies and the general public.
IPCheM is designed as a decentralised system that provides remote access to existing data and information systems.
While providers maintain the structure of their databases, the data therein are harmonised in order to be accessible, retrievable and comparable through the unique IPCheM interface. This creates greater visibility and promotes a wider use of valuable chemical monitoring data, thus increasing the knowledge base for sound risk management and communication. Combining information from different sources on a variety of environmental media, consumer products and food, and ultimately from human beings themselves, provides the basis for understanding the effects of exposure to chemical mixtures.
IPCheM, designed and developed under the auspices of DG ENV, is a major achievement of the JRC, the Commission’s in-house science service. It is also a valuable example of how joining efforts and resources across all Commission Services and the major European Agencies can lead to successful and useful results.
As of 14 October, 70 participants have registered from EU Member States, stakeholders, interested international organisations and representative of EC Directorates.
IPCheM link: https://ipchem.jrc.ec.europa.eu/ (publicly available from 19.10.2015)