JRC News

  1. 15 Apr 2016

    Over the last decade, the JRC has been hosting  the European Union Reference Laboratory (EURL) for Feed Additives aimed at supporting the authorisation process within the EU. The EURL works in close collaboration with the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the EC Directorate Health and Food Safety,  ensuring that only safe additives are used on the European market and that their presence in feed is monitored.

  2. 13 Apr 2016

    Scientists at the EC-JRC-IRMM have measured the gamma-ray production cross section of the 477.6-keV transition in 7Li following inelastic neutron scattering. In the future, this can be used as a standard cross section for normalizing other measurements.

  3. 11 Apr 2016

    JRC scientists produced a spiked rice material to be further developed as a reference material for radioactivity measurements. The material, spiked with 137Cs was tested for homogeneity by gamma ray spectrometry and was found to be sufficiently homogenous to be employed for future method validation.

  4. 6 Apr 2016

    JRC scientists standardised the activity concentration of three fission products (129I, 151Sm, and 166mHo) potentially present in nuclear waste. This work will result in new and eventually more accurate determination of the half-lives of these three radionuclides.

  5. 4 Apr 2016

    JRC scientists organised an inter-laboratory comparison study to assess the measurement performance of EU monitoring laboratories. For this purpose, air filters were spiked with  137Cs. The results revealed that EU Member States improved their performance since the last exercise organised in 2003.

  6. 1 Apr 2016

    On Sunday 27 March 2016, the Atomic Energy Society of Japan (AESJ) gave its 2016 Award for Distinguished Technology to the Nuclear Resonance Densitometry (NRD) collaboration team composed of scientists from the Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the Japanese Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) at the Tohoku University as part of the annual AESJ meeting.

  7. 31 Mar 2016

    JRC scientists carried out the methodology, preparation, target characteristics and certification of the first uranium reference materials certified for their production date.

  8. 29 Mar 2016

    The investigation of fission fragment properties as a function of nuclear temperature shows that fragment mass and total kinetic energy depend on the angle relative to the incident neutron vector. This might be interpreted as the first experimental evidence for a nuclear fission barrier, which is more complex than hitherto believed.

  9. 25 Mar 2016

    JRC scientists have developed and certified a new set of calibrants for the standardisation of measurements of glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c), a marker for the monitoring of diabetes in blood. Medical doctors use HbA1c values not only as an indicator for diabetes but also to assess the results of treatment.

  10. 23 Mar 2016

    JRC scientists estimated, in collaboration with Plymouth University (UK), the combined uncertainty for the determination of the dissolved iron amount content in seawater. The latter is measured to elucidate the biogeochemical cycling of this element and its role in the oceanic sequestration of atmospheric carbon dioxide. The study revealed that the measurement uncertainty is easily underestimated, and the analysis of iron in seawater still poses challenges.