We are doing science for policy
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.
Millions of tests checking the quality of food contact materials are performed in Europe every year. The results of these tests influence important decisions, i.e. compliance or non-compliance with legislation, for industry and food safety control. Testing results shall therefore be reliable and comparable throughout the European Union. This can only be realised through harmonisation, validation and standardisation of test methods.
In 2004 Regulation (EC) No 882/2004 on official feed and food controls established the JRC as European Union Reference Laboratory for Food Contact Materials (EURL-FCM). The prime role of our EURL-FCM is building confidence in the comparability of measurements of official control laboratories that test compliance of food contact materials in the European Union. The Regulation uses a two-step approach to achieve this goal.