JRC News

  1. 17 Feb 2015

    The contribution of JRC to the development of methods for the production of covariance data and new standards for neutron induced reactions were published in Nuclear Data Sheets. The papers were presented at the 3rd International Workshop on Nuclear Data Covariances, April 28 - May 1, 2014, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.
     

  4. 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.

  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. 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.

  10. 12 Sep 2014

    In collaboration with the European Union Reference Laboratory for Coagulase Positive Staphylococci (EURL CPS) hosted by ANSES (France), JRC scientists carried out a feasibility study to find the right conditions for the production of reference materials (RMs) for Staphylococcus aureus enterotoxin A in cheese. This led to the processing of a cheese powder RM in the JRC-Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM) that will now be certified aiming to provide control laboratories with a quality control tool to improve the reliability of the analysis.