JRC News

  1. 25 Aug 2015

    Co-edited and co-authored by ECVAM scientists, the "In Vitro Toxicology Systems" book has been shortlisted for this year's Lush Prize in the training category. It brings together important issues and considerations needed in order to develop a workable, reliable, integrated testing strategy for the replacement of animals in toxicity testing regimes.  The Lush Prize, now in its fourth year, rewards scientists and organisations for their outstanding contributions to replacing animal testing.

  2. 18 Aug 2015

    The JRC's European Union Reference Laboratory for Alternative Methods to Animal Testing (EURL ECVAM) has adapted the format of DB-ALM, its unique public database on alternative methods, to fully comply with the OECD guidance for describing non-guideline in vitro test methods.

  3. 8 Jul 2015

    Feed additives play an important role in animal nutrition, addressing aspects such as feed safety, reduction of environmental emissions and sustainability of livestock farming. The latter aspect also includes the high demands for food security, because some of the feed additives significantly improve the feed-to-food mass ratio.

  4. 25 Jun 2015

    From the 22nd to the 23rd of June, the JRC hosted the first meeting of the National Platforms on Nanomedicine.

  5. 23 Jun 2015

    The JRC has played a central role in the OECD testing programme of representative manufactured nanomaterials. The programme was led by the OECD Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials (WPMN) and had the objective to ensure that the approaches for assessment of hazard, exposure and risk for manufactured nanomaterials “are of a high quality, science-based and internationally harmonised."

  6. 5 Jun 2015

    Together with the European Commission's Directorate-General Taxation and Customs, the JRC invites researchers in behavioural economics to submit proposals for projects aiming at improving tax compliance and enforcement. This competition of ideas will select the best proposals and winners will be invited to present their projects at a workshop which will take place at the JRC's site in Ispra, Italy, on 24 and 25 September 2015.

  7. 4 Jun 2015

    In collaboration with scientists from more than 60 European and pan-European research institutions, JRC scientists developed and certified a set of 6  plasmid reference materials (CRMs)  for the standardisation of chronic myeloid leukaemia treatment.

  8. 22 May 2015

    In their recent peer-reviewed paper entitled "Genetically modified animals: options and issues for traceability and enforcement", JRC scientists provide an overview of the 75 GM-animals already existing or in advanced state of development worldwide. About half of these are designed for the food market.  The study also reviews the available methods for control and traceability in the food and feed chain.

  9. 12 May 2015

    Some 100 000 patients in Europe were diagnosed with this type of skin cancer in 2012 which also accounted for 1% of all cancer deaths in Europe.

    Switzerland, Norway and the Netherlands report the highest incident rate of this cancer which forms in skin cells called melanocytes, which colour the skin.
    With about 86% of melanomas due to exposure to UV radiation, the main preventive measure is to avoid extensive exposure to sun, especially at young age.

  10. 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.