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 European Network of Cancer Registries (ENCR) promotes collaboration between cancer registries, defines data collection standards, provides training for cancer registry personnel and regularly disseminates information on incidence and mortality from cancer in the European Union and Europe.

    ENCR is hosted by the JRC. Established within the framework of the Europe Against Cancer Programme of the European Commission, it has the following objectives:


    Acronym: ENCR
  2. The primary purpose of the ENGL is to help solve the large number of challenges that enforcement laboratories face in the field of detection, identification and quantification of GMOs.


    Acronym: ENGL
  3. 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.


  4. The European Reference Network for Critical Infrastructure Protection (ERNCIP) aims at providing a framework within which experimental facilities and laboratories will share knowledge and expertise in order to harmonise test protocols throughout Europe, leading to better protection of critical infrastructures against all types of threats and hazards and to the creation of a single market for security solutions.


    Acronym: ERNCIP
  5. European Safeguards Research and Development Association (ESARDA) is comprised of European organisations that are actively involved in the Research and Development of Nuclear Safeguards. The main objective is to assist the European safeguards community with the advancement of safeguards, enhancing the efficiency of systems and measures, as well as investigating how new techniques can be developed and implemented.

    ESARDA also endeavours to fulfil an educational role and to reach the general public and in particular, those interested in safeguards.


    Acronym: ESARDA
  6. The network will collect, analyse and review results from exploration projects as well as to assess the development of technologies used in unconventional gas and oil projects.


    Acronym: UH Network
  7. The European Soil Bureau Network's main tasks are to collect, harmonise, organise and distribute soil information for Europe.


    Acronym: ESBN
  8. In line with the Innovation Union flagship initiative and with the challenges that Europe is facing in mind, the European TTO CIRCLE network was established with the aim to bring together the major European public research organisations in order to play a collective role in driving changes to the Technology Transfer landscape in Europe. The European TTO CIRCLE partner organisations are leading European public research organisations (PROs) whose prime mission is to perform research.


    Acronym: TTO circle
  9. 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
  10. 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