Networks & bureaus

To meet its objectives and deliver high-quality scientific support and results, the JRC has developed lasting partnerships with external entities sharing a common interest in specific research areas. This collaboration is essential for the JRC's work on harmonisation and validation of methods and measurements, establishing common standards, and providing scientific and technical support for the implementation of European legislation.

JRC's networking activities also respond to European policy makers' and EU Member States' increasing demands to establish common scientific reference systems. The JRC collaborates with hundreds of partner organisations in scientific networks worldwide, covering a broad range of fields from climate change and air quality to environmental monitoring of radioactivity and food contact materials.

  1. EU-NETVAL provides support for EURL ECVAM's validation studies that serve to assess the reliability and relevance of alternative methods with a potential to replace, reduce, or refine the use of animals for scientific purposes.


    Acronym: EU-NETVAL
  2. The JRC's European Union Reference Laboratory for alternatives to animal testing is the leading international centre for coordinating the validation of alternative methods.


    Acronym: EURL ECVAM