JRC News

  1. 17 Feb 2016

    Researchers from JRC have recently developed a multi-omics approach for the assessment of potential human health risks of nanomaterials used e.g. in consumer products or for medical applications. The methodology was applied to study the effects of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) in a human cell line, demonstrating its great potential and further contributing to better understanding how NPs interact with living systems.

  2. 10 Dec 2015

    The emergence of antimicrobial resistance is a threat which is increasingly causing serious health problems to EU citizens and there is a pressing need to develop novel classes of antimicrobial agents. In the search for a solution to this problem, antimicrobial peptides (molecules consisting of 2 or more amino acids) are being recognized as promising candidates in the fight against bacterial pathogens.

  3. 1 Dec 2015

    In a joint project with researchers from the University of Vienna (Austria) and the Technical University of Denmark, JRC scientists developed a suitable analytical approach for the detection of silicon dioxide (silica) nanoparticles in tomato soup. This method not only has the potential to monitor the fate of nanoparticles during food production but could also be used by food authorities and laboratories for control purposes.

  4. 13 Nov 2015

    Detecting the presence of nanoparticles in consumer products is an enduring challenge for analytical laboratories.

    Although many different techniques can potentially be used to measure the dimension of objects smaller than a 1/10000 of a millimetre, in practice, the results obtained using different methods may not always prove to be consistent.

  5. 19 May 2014

    Recent activities of the JRC hosted European Reference Laboratory for Heavy Metals (EURL-HM) had an impact on the amendment of legislation concerning cadmium in food.  The EURL-HM work facilitated lowering maximum levels for baby food and supports Member States in their goal to reduce the presence of cadmium in food products.

  6. 7 Aug 2013

    The latest figures for wastewater treatment in Europe show improvements in collection and treatment, even if big differences remain between Member States. Frontrunners such as Austria, Germany and the Netherlands largely meet EU minimum standards for wastewater treatment with several others being very close.

  7. 15 Apr 2013
    The JRC has optimised a fit-for-purpose analytical method for the determination of 16 phthalates in wine and spirits.
  8. 26 Mar 2013
    Findings of two JRC Institutes revealed that consumers do not need to worry about potential risks by using lipsticks with regards of possible contamination with lead.