JRC News

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 19 May 2014

    Recent activities of the JRC hosted European Reference Laboratory for Heavy Metals (EURL-HM) had an impact on the amendment of legislation concerning cadmium in food.  The EURL-HM work facilitated lowering maximum levels for baby food and supports Member States in their goal to reduce the presence of cadmium in food products.

  4. 25 Nov 2013

    JRC scientists contributed to the validation of an innovative rapid test for the simplified detection of certain drugs (antibiotic residues) in honey and mould toxins (mycotoxins) in cereals. Some antibiotics are used as preventive or therapeutic treatment to protect honey producing bees from extremely dangerous bacterial diseases and mycotoxins are toxic compounds that are produced when certain species of mould (fungi) infect crops.

  5. 5 Sep 2013

    Measurements of human growth hormone concentrations can show very important discrepancies, despite the generalised use of an international measurement standard. In a recently published article, co-authored by the JRC, scientists presented evidence for the fact that the current degree of standardisation is insufficient.

  6. 11 Jul 2013

    A scientific gap analysis in the traceability chain of human growth hormone measurements has been carried out and published.

  7. 9 Jul 2013

    Promoting healthy ageing is important for Europe 2020. JRC-IRMM supports research to improve early detection of Alzheimer's disease by the development of a reference system for reliable biomarker measurements.
     

  8. 19 Jun 2013
    This week - 17 to 21 June 2013 - the 19th International Conference on Radionuclide Metrology and its Applications will take place in Antwerp, Belgium. This conference is organised by the Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM) of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (EC-JRC).
  9. 17 Apr 2013

    The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) organised a workshop on the 9th and 10th April in Zagreb, Croatia entitled 'Trans fatty acids in diets: health and legislative implications'.

  10. 25 Mar 2013
    Measurement of half-life values of nuclides in the 225Ac decay series offer better precision for future applications.