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 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. The European Soil Bureau Network's main tasks are to collect, harmonise, organise and distribute soil information for Europe.


    Acronym: ESBN
  9. 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
  10. 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