EU Science Hub

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.

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


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


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


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.


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.

EURL Mycotoxins

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.


JRC is co-charing together with Emisia ( and the I.S.P.R.A. ( the Expert Panel on Transport of the Task Force on Emission Inventories and Projections (TFEIP). The TFEIP operates under the UNECE Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution. It supports Parties in the reporting of official air pollutant emissions and projections data to the Convention.


The Forum for Air quality Modelling (FAIRMODE) is a joint response action of the European Environment Agency (EEA) and the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC). Its aim is to bring together air quality modellers and users in order to promote and support the harmonised use of models by EU member countries, with emphasis on their application to the European Air Quality Directive.


The specific objective of RALCEA is to foster information based policy and to promote south-south cooperation on capacity development in the water sector by supporting the development of a network of knowledge centres in Latin America.


The Life Cycle Data Network is a web-based infrastructure giving access to quality assured data for Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) provided by different actors, such as industry, national LCA projects, research groups and consultants.