JRC News

  1. 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.

  2. 8 Feb 2016

    JRC scientists contributed to the evaluation of the method performance related to the quantification of Alzheimer's biomarkers. The study revealed the importance of developing a certified reference material, which is currently in progress at the JRC-Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM).

  3. 4 Feb 2016

    JRC scientists presented an update of existing matrix certified reference materials for priority pollutants of the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD). This overview aims to support EU Member States' laboratories in their duty of monitoring the quality of surface water.

  4. 11 Jan 2016

    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, together with the risk assessment are prerequisite for a possible authorisation of DP-ØØ4114-3 maize event for the European market.

  5. 17 Nov 2015

    In close collaboration with scientists from various European laboratories, JRC scientists produced better decay data of the long-lived radionuclide samarium(Sm)-151. This work contributes to an improved radiological characterisation of nuclear waste.


  6. 3 Nov 2015

    In close collaboration with the Troponin I Working Group of the International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (IFCC) a JRC scientist evaluated the standardisation capability of cardiac troponin I assays currently on the market in an IFCC pilot project. The study confirmed that there is a lack of standardisation in troponin I measurements. As simulated by mathematical re-calibration the use of a suitable reference material for the calibration of currently applied cardiac troponin I assays is essential to achieve equivalent results and is expected to lead to clinically much more acceptable assay performances.

  7. 30 Oct 2015

    The JRC–Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM) supported the organisation of the International Conference on Clinical Measurements in close cooperation with the European Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (EFLM) and the Centre for Metrological Traceability in Laboratory Medicine (CIRME) of the University of Milan, Italy. The conference was entitled "Defining analytical performance goals 15 years after the Stockholm conference" and took place in Milan from 24-25 November 2014.  It was attended by 215 participants from 41 countries, embracing the five continents.

  8. 22 Oct 2015

    Two new, certified reference materials (CRMs) have been produced for perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) in fish tissue and drinking water. The CRMs will provide traceability and comparability of analytical results for the analytes. These measurements are particularly relevant in the fields of environmental and food analysis because of the high persistence and hazardous biological effects of PFASs.

  9. 21 Oct 2015

    The JRC-Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements developed and released the first rapeseed-based biodiesel certified reference material (CRM). This CRM is certified for selected parameters specified by standard EN 14214 of the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) and will assure the quality of analytical results obtained by control laboratories.

  10. 10 Jul 2015

    JRC scientists have characterised and certified the mass concentration of the cancer marker beta-2-microglobulin as an additional parameter in the certified reference material for proteins in human serum. This work was done in close collaboration with the International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (IFCC) for the standardisation of measurements of proteins.