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. 19 Nov 2015

    JRC-IRMM developed and released the first fruit matrix reference material (IRMM-426 Wild Berries) certified for the two most important anthropogenic (man-made) radionuclides, 137Cs and 90Sr, and for the natural 40K. This reference material supports the precise measurement of radionuclides in agricultural products.

  3. 13 Nov 2015

    JRC scientists have compiled and published an overview of the legislation and practical modalities for the implementation of radionuclide monitoring in foodstuff in the European Union. The overview also provides an outline of the monitoring programmes instituted by the Member States and stresses the importance of the quality of data.

  4. 10 Nov 2015

    In close collaboration with a research group from the Australian National Measurement Institute in Pymble, JRC scientists have improved the measurement of nucleic acids by using a JRC certified reference material. This is important for digital polymerase chain reaction (dPCR) instrument developers.

  5. 9 Nov 2015

    In close collaboration with a research group from the German University of Göttingen, the JRC investigated the consumer liking of boar meat. Therefore, the JRC developed and validated an analytical method that can serve as a reference for future rapid tests to define the sensory thresholds for boar taint acceptance.

  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. 14 Oct 2015

    The World Standards Day, celebrated internationally on 14 October, was designed to raise awareness on the importance of standardisation to the global economy.

  9. 8 Jul 2015

    Feed additives play an important role in animal nutrition, addressing aspects such as feed safety, reduction of environmental emissions and sustainability of livestock farming. The latter aspect also includes the high demands for food security, because some of the feed additives significantly improve the feed-to-food mass ratio.

  10. 4 Jun 2015

    In collaboration with scientists from more than 60 European and pan-European research institutions, JRC scientists developed and certified a set of 6  plasmid reference materials (CRMs)  for the standardisation of chronic myeloid leukaemia treatment.