JRC News

  1. 11 Sep 2015

    An overview of regulatory solutions worldwide on the use of nanotechnology in food and feed production shows a differing approach: only the EU and Switzerland have nano-specific provisions incorporated in existing legislation, whereas other countries count on non-legally binding guidance and standards for industry.

  2. 10 Jul 2015

    The JRC has published science-based options to improve the clarity and the practical application of the EC recommendation on the definition of a nanomaterial.

  3. 1 Jul 2015

    On 1 July, the European Nano-Characterisation Laboratory funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme was launched.

  4. 20 Dec 2013

    The JRC released a first version of its web platform on nanomaterials which is mainly based on links to available information.

    The wide use of nanomaterials in innovative applications and new consumer products, the increasing amount of nanomaterial-related information made available through the internet, and the growing importance of legislation on nanomaterials have triggered requests to facilitate access to relevant information.

  5. 3 Oct 2012

    The European Commission has adopted today the second regulatory review for nanomaterials. Nanotechnology has the potential to create major technological breakthroughs and rekindle economic growth. In recognition of this fact, the Commission presents its plans to improve EU law to ensure its safe use.

  6. 2 Mar 2012

    The JRC's Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM) has developed its second certified nanoparticle reference material (CRM). Similar to the world's first nanoparticle CRM based on industry-sourced particles released a year ago by IRMM, the new material with the code ERM-FD304 consists of silica particles in an aqueous environment. Silica nanoparticles are presently amongst the most widely used nanoparticles in products such as polish, whiteners and dispersants.

  7. 19 Oct 2011

    On 18 October the JRC and the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC) signed a Letter of Intent to strengthen co-operation between the two organisations. Dominique Ristori, Director General of the Joint Research Centre, and Sir Brian Heap, President of EASAC, signed the agreement during a ceremony at the Royal Academies for Science and the Arts of Belgium.

  8. 18 Oct 2011

    On 18 October the JRC and the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC) presented a joint report on the state-of-the-art knowledge on safety aspects of engineered nanomaterials.

  9. 5 Oct 2011

    The JRC and the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC) will sign an agreement for closer cooperation on 18 October 2011. During a conference at the Royal Academies for Science and the Arts of Belgium, the two organizations will present the first result of their enhanced cooperation: a joint report on the impact of engineered nanomaterials on health.

  10. 27 Apr 2011

    Researchers from the JRC and the Chinese Academy of Inspection and Quarantine (CAIQ) discussed food safety and consumer protection related to nanoscience in the first Sino-EU symposium dedicated to nanotechnology, held on 14-15 April 2011 in Beijing. The event was co-organised by JRC's Institute for Health and Consumer Protection (IHCP) and the CAIQ. It is a fruit of increased cooperation between the two partners, which followed a Memorandum of Understanding signed in June 2010.