JRC News

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 13 May 2015

    The JRC has released a new report on its scientific support to EU's "from farm to fork" policy which ensures Europeans enjoy safe and nutritious food, while facilitating the food industry to work under the best possible conditions.

  4. 7 May 2015

    JRC scientists assessed the feasibility for the production of baby food certified reference materials (CRMs) containing a number of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) at low level concentrations. The study revealed that thermal sterilisation is a suitable method of choice to ensure long-term stability (shelf life) of the product.

  5. 17 Apr 2015

    A special paper collection addressing a number of the current challenges regarding “Reference Materials for Chemical Analysis” has been published by the peer-reviewed journal Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry under the guest editorship of Hendrik Emons and Stephen Wise.

  6. 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.



  7. 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.

  8. 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). 

  9. 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.

  10. 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.