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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 Joint Research Centre (JRC) will organise a workshop for the participants in the 2017 EC Proficiency Test as well as basic and advanced courses on gamma-ray spectrometry.
For more information about the workshop and courses download the programme (PDF).
The events are open to all but priority will be given to participants of the PT.
The JRC supports the Directorate General for Energy in implementing Article 35 of the EURATOM treaty by performing regular proficiency tests (PTs) of the Member States capacity to measure radioactivity in the environment.
In July-August 2017, four radionuclides (131I, 134Cs, 137Cs and 40K) were tested in a matrix composed of maize, one of the most common ingredients in feed.
The maize reference material was produced by the JRC. There were 120 participants from the EU and neighbouring countries.
In addition to the routine reporting, for the first time, the JRC asked the participants to carry out on a voluntary basis an emergency reporting within 48 hours of receiving the sample. Seventy-nine laboratories performed the emergency reporting.