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. The JRC managed European Product Bureau supports the development of implementing acts and secondary legislation on product policy instruments such as Eco-label, Green Public Procurement (GPP) and Eco-design developing a methodology, identifying products and assessing the potential for improvement of selected products under technical working groups.

  2. Industrial production processes account for a considerable share of the overall pollution in Europe. The EU has a set of common rules for controlling industrial installations described in the Industrial Emissions Directive 2010/75/EU (IED). JRC manages The European Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (lPPC) Bureau which produces reference documents on Best Available Techniques, used by competent authorities in EU member states when issuing operating permits.

    Acronym: EIPPCB
  3. The European GMO Socio-Economics Bureau's (ESEB) mission is to organise and facilitate the exchange of technical and scientific information regarding the socio-economic implications of the cultivation and use of GMOs between Member States and the Commission.

    Acronym: ESEB
  4. For those GM crops authorised for cultivation, EU Coexistence policies include technical measures designed to minimise the economic impacts of a mixture of GM and non-GM agricultural supplies, without compromising the economic efficiency of farmers. The JRC, through the operation of the European Coexistence Bureau (ECoB), develops standards of best agricultural practices for coexistence to assist Member States in developing national rules.

    Acronym: ECoB