JRC News

  1. 23 Nov 2015

    The JRC released a new GMO (genetically modified organism) certified reference material (CRM) to be used by GMO testing laboratories to analyse the GMO maize VCO-Ø1981-5 product in food and feeding stuff.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 30 Mar 2015

    Comparative GMO testing data elaborated by the European Reference Laboratory for Food and Feed (EURL GMFF) can now be consulted  online and downloaded by interested parties.

  5. 13 Feb 2015

    In collaboration with the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), based in the Philippines, scientists at the Molecular Biology and Genomics Unit of the JRC developed a quantitative PCR detection method in support to the authorisation for cultivation of a rice variety producing provitamin A in the grain. This variety of rice would be cultivated in the Philippines and in other countries of the region (e.g. Vietnam and Bangladesh).


  6. 11 Feb 2015

    In the frame of JRC's international GMO testing capacity building activity, a delegation of Tunisian scientists and representatives from several ministries, members of the Tunisian Bio-safety commission, is meeting with JRC experts in Ispra from 11 to 13 February to exchange information and share expertise on harmonisation of GMO detection and analysis.

  7. 6 Feb 2015

    A new report provides guidelines for a correct sample preparation during GMO analysis on food, feed, seed, plants and propagating material samples. Sample preparation, a key step between sampling and analysis, has so far suffered from a lack of guidance and harmonisation. The new guidelines provide details and practical hints which will contribute to foster harmonised test results in the official controls conducted by National Reference Laboratories (NRLs).

  8. 19 Jan 2015

    This manual covers proper calibration of PCR methods, estimation of measurement uncertainty, traceability of a measurement result and the way to prove the trueness of an analytical result.

  9. 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.

  10. 10 Jul 2013

    The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) organised a training course on 21-22 November, 2013 on "GMO quantification: Proper Calibration and Estimation of Measurement Uncertainty".