JRC News

  1. 5 Feb 2015

    The European Union Reference Laboratory (EURL) on Heavy Metals (HM) organised two proficiency tests (PTs) to assess the capability of laboratories to determine cadmium, lead, arsenic, mercury and inorganic arsenic in mushrooms. Results show that arsenic and inorganic arsenic remain a challenge for a significant number of laboratories.

     

     

  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. 1 Dec 2014

    Scientists from the JRC and from the Dutch Institute of Food Safety (RIKILT) organised the first international interlaboratory study for sizing and quantifying silver (Ag) nanoparticles in two food simulants (distilled water and 10 % aqueous ethanol). 

  4. 20 Nov 2014

    Nucleic acids are essential for the information transfer in living materials. Moreover many decisions such as labelling of food products, health diagnostics and treatment of diseases rely on knowledge about the amount of certain nucleic acids. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to have reliable measurement tools at hand.

  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. 14 Nov 2014

    Today the JRC-managed European Reference Laboratory for Feed Additives (EURL-FA) marks 10 years of scientific and technical support to the EU legislation on feed additives, which ensures they are safe for use and traceable in the feed chain.

    The JRC-hosted EURL-FA went in operation in November 2004. Its main task is to support the authorisation procedure of feed additives that are used in the European Union. It also provides quality assurance for the analysis of feed additives through the organisation of proficiency tests (PTs).

  8. 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).

  9. 24 Oct 2014

    JRC scientists have developed guidelines for the validation of screening methods for the detection of contaminants, such as mycotoxins, to be used in food control. Analysing many samples for the presence of e.g. contaminants or residues requires the use of reliable screening methods in order to check rapidly compliance with legislative limits.

  10. 13 Oct 2014

    On 24-26 September 2014, the JRC organised an Enlargement & Integration Workshop on analysis of food and feed contaminants. The workshop took place in Zagreb, Croatia and was attended by representatives from eligible countries, who work in the area of contaminant and residue control of food and feed.