JRC News

  1. 5 Feb 2015

    The European Union Reference Laboratory (EURL) on Heavy Metals (HM) organised two proficiency tests (PTs) to assess the capability of laboratories to determine cadmium, lead, arsenic, mercury and inorganic arsenic in mushrooms. Results show that arsenic and inorganic arsenic remain a challenge for a significant number of laboratories.

     

     

  2. 3 Dec 2014

    JRC-IRMM has released three aluminium-gold alloy certified reference materials that are expected to continue the success of JRC-IRMM calibration standards for k0-Neutron Activation Analysis.
     

  3. 28 Nov 2014

    JRC-IRMM re-characterised and issued new certificates for the entire series of uranium hexafluoride certified reference materials (IRMM-019 to IRMM-029). These CRMs represent a unique set of reference materials to be used in process control, nuclear material accountancy and safeguards verification measurements in enrichment plants.

  4. 25 Nov 2014

    JRC scientists developed a formalism to propagate both the correlated and uncorrelated uncertainty components of time-of-flight cross section data generated in the Geel site linear accelerator (GELINA) hosted by the JRC-Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements.
     

  5. 18 Nov 2014

    Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) need to be authorised before they are allowed to enter the European market. The availability of a reference material and a validated method forms together with the risk assessment the prerequisite for a possible authorisation of DAS 81419-2 soya for the European market.

  6. 14 Nov 2014

    Good healthcare requires reliable measurements for the diagnosis and follow-up of diseases and the stratification of patients. The scientific journal Clinical Chemistry invited JRC scientists to prepare an editorial, discussing strategies for the standardisation of measurements in clinical chemistry.

  7. 4 Nov 2014

    For the first time a certified reference material containing silica nanoparticles with a distinct bimodal size distribution has been released by JRC-IRMM. It has been designed and produced to support the implementation of the nanomaterial definition recommended by the European Commission (2011/696/EU).

  8. 24 Oct 2014

    The estimation of measurement uncertainty and the use of reference materials are crucial for the correct implementation of legislation. Using reference materials for calibration ensures traceability of results in several areas such as health, clinical diagnostics, food and feed safety, environment, security and nuclear safeguards.
     

  9. 8 Oct 2014

    This event, organised on 30 September and 1-2 October, 2014, provided an opportunity for experts in analytical sciences to become TrainMiC® Authorised Trainers. TrainMiC® focuses on how to interpret the metrological requirements of the ISO/IEC 17025 for chemical and bio-analytical measurements.

  10. 24 Sep 2014

    The JRC-IRMM releases the first rapeseed based biodiesel certified reference material, giving laboratories the possibility to demonstrate their proficiency with many of the methods for analysis of biodiesel as listed in the European standard EN 14214.