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. 22 Oct 2015

    Two new, certified reference materials (CRMs) have been produced for perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) in fish tissue and drinking water. The CRMs will provide traceability and comparability of analytical results for the analytes. These measurements are particularly relevant in the fields of environmental and food analysis because of the high persistence and hazardous biological effects of PFASs.

  5. 21 Oct 2015

    The JRC-Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements developed and released the first rapeseed-based biodiesel certified reference material (CRM). This CRM is certified for selected parameters specified by standard EN 14214 of the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) and will assure the quality of analytical results obtained by control laboratories.

  6. 20 Oct 2015

    Today, 20 October, the Chinese Academy of Inspection and Quarantine (CAIQ) and the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (EC-JRC) renewed their collaborative research arrangement (CRA) at the EU Pavillon of EXPO 2015.

  7. 10 Jul 2015

    JRC scientists have characterised and certified the mass concentration of the cancer marker beta-2-microglobulin as an additional parameter in the certified reference material for proteins in human serum. This work was done in close collaboration with the International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (IFCC) for the standardisation of measurements of proteins.

  8. 7 Jul 2015

    Given its physical and chemical properties (ductility, excellent thermal and electrical conductivity, corrosion resistance) and its high antimicrobial activity, copper is used in many sectors and industries: building construction, power generation and transmission, electronic product manufacturing, production of industrial machinery and the transportation sector.


  9. 9 Jun 2015

    Scientists from the JRC in close collaboration with various European Institutions, successfully completed a feasibility study for a reference material of silver nanoparticles in chicken meat. Despite the fact that some challenges regarding method development, stability and characterisation have been identified, the materials developed in this study can serve as a first step towards improving analytical methods and developing certified reference materials.

  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.