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. Nuclear Generation II&III Association (NUGENIA)

    Description: NUGENIA is an international non-profit making association, established in 2011 under Belgian law to promote research & development of nuclear power reactors of the 2nd and 3rd generation. NUGENIA has its headquarter in Brussels and has 92 member organisations (status June 2014).


    Acronym: NUGENIA
  2. The JRC supports the implementation of European legislation regarding the levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in foodstuffs at the European Union Reference Laboratory for Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons.


    Acronym: EURL PAHs
  3. The JRC supports the implementation of European legislation related to the monitoring of mycotoxins in food of plant origin and animal feed at the European Union Reference Laboratory for Mycotoxins.


    Acronym: EURL Mycotoxins
  4. The JRC supports the European Commission to ensure the verification of compliance with the feed and food law, animal health and animal welfare rules regarding heavy metals in feed and food at the European Union Reference Laboratory for Heavy Metals in Feed and Food.


    Acronym: EURL HM
  5. The JRC supports EU policy regarding GMOs in food and feed at the European Union Reference Laboratory for Genetically Modified Food and Feed.


    Acronym: EURL GMFF
  6. The JRC supports the European Food Safety Authority's work on additives in feed at it's European Union Reference Laboratory for Feed Additives.


    Acronym: EURL-FA
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. The Steering Committee for the European Coordination Centre for Accident and Incident Reporting Systems (ECCAIRS) is the group of representatives of the EU Member States that guide the European Commission in the implementation and maintenance of means and methods required to run an efficient and effective data collection, integration and exchange network for transport safety information.


    Acronym: ECCAIRS Steering Committee
  10. European Clearinghouse for Operating Experience (OE) of Nuclear Power Plants (NPP) (CLEARINGHOUSE)

    The Clearinghouse is a network which has been established in 2008 to enhance nuclear safety through improvement of the use of lessons learned from Operating Experience. The Clearinghouse is mainly composed of nuclear safety regulatory authorities and their Technical Support Organizations in Europe.