JRC News

  1. 29 May 2015

    IRMM releases the first serum protein certified reference material which has been developed in collaboration with the International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (IFCC) for the standardisation of measurements of anti-myeloperoxidase immunoglobulin G antibodies.

  2. 28 May 2015

    The JRC developed a new analytical function to model peak shapes in alpha-particle spectra, leading to a more accurate derivation of activity ratios and fundamental constants.

  3. 7 May 2015

    In close collaboration with scientists from other research organisations, JRC scientists developed concepts for the preparation of three model surface water reference materials (RMs) that contain chemical contaminants, that is,  eight polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), six polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) and tributyltin in trace amounts. These RMs will provide quality to the analytical data of EU Member States and support the implementation of the Water Framework Directive (WFD) 2000/60/EC and the Environmental Quality Standards Directive 2008/105/EC.

  4. 7 May 2015

    JRC scientists assessed the feasibility for the production of baby food certified reference materials (CRMs) containing a number of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) at low level concentrations. The study revealed that thermal sterilisation is a suitable method of choice to ensure long-term stability (shelf life) of the product.

  5. 5 May 2015

    Scientists from the JRC-Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements developed a specialised technique to determine accurately the content of aflatoxin B1 in cereal-based baby food, maize and maize-based animal feed. Results showed that the technique may be used to assign reference values to test materials for proficiency testing and to develop candidate reference materials (RMs).

  6. 24 Apr 2015

    The European Committee for Standardization (CEN) released two European Standards to which JRC-IRMM contributed through validation of the methods.

  7. 21 Apr 2015

    The Joint Research Centre (JRC) developed and in-house validated a precise method for the determination of 10 selected pesticides in soy beans.

  8. 20 Apr 2015

    The Joint Research Centre (JRC) produced the first two uranium reference materials certified for the production date for validation of methods.

  9. 17 Apr 2015

    A special paper collection addressing a number of the current challenges regarding “Reference Materials for Chemical Analysis” has been published by the peer-reviewed journal Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry under the guest editorship of Hendrik Emons and Stephen Wise.

  10. 17 Apr 2015

    JRC-IRMM developed and released the first certified reference material containing a defined DNA mass concentration that can be used to calibrate fluorescence-based assays for the quantification of nucleic acids in solution.