JRC News

  1. 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.

  2. 27 Aug 2014

    Accreditation plays a crucial role both in the EU internal market as well as in trade with third countries, e.g. in the context of the EU Neighbourhood Policy. This is exactly the reason why the JRC has fostered education in this area and has been instrumental in creating a consortium of universities which offer an international master programme in Measurement Science in Chemistry, which received a Euromaster quality label.

  3. 26 Aug 2013

    The EU Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Risk Mitigation Centres of Excellence (CoE) initiative inaugurated its Regional Secretariats for the Middle East and for South East Europe, Southern Caucasus, Moldova and Ukraine this summer. The Secretariats will facilitate information sharing, CBRN need assessment in the partner countries and implementation and monitoring of projects in these regions. In addition, it will promote the regional visibility of the initiative as well as facilitate coordination of CoE activities.

  4. 4 Dec 2012

    The graduation ceremony was attended by the graduating students, University Deans, Euromaster coordinators and invited speakers - including JRC Deputy Director-General Vladimír Šucha. 

  5. 8 May 2009

    A new international study by JRC's Institute for Reference Materials and measurements (IRMM) suggests that the majority of laboratories around the world are capable of effectively testing for the presence of melamine in food. The study's results show that levels of the harmful substance in food samples can be accurately measured by the majority of laboratories tested, suggesting that the global response to the Chinese contaminated milk scare of 2008 has been effective.

    114 analytical laboratories from around the world volunteered to put their measurement competence to the test for the study, which was organised and carried out by the JRC at the request of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Health and Consumer Protection. Carefully prepared samples of contaminated milk powder and baking mix were sent to the laboratories for testing without revealing the known levels of melamine present. Participating laboratories measured the melamine content of these 'blind' samples to the best of their abilities and reported their results back to the JRC.

    Laboratories from 31 countries participated in the test, including Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, the United States of America, as well as 21 of the 27 EU Member States.