JRC News

  1. 17 Nov 2015

    In close collaboration with scientists from various European laboratories, JRC scientists produced better decay data of the long-lived radionuclide samarium(Sm)-151. This work contributes to an improved radiological characterisation of nuclear waste.


  2. 3 Nov 2015

    In close collaboration with the Troponin I Working Group of the International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (IFCC) a JRC scientist evaluated the standardisation capability of cardiac troponin I assays currently on the market in an IFCC pilot project. The study confirmed that there is a lack of standardisation in troponin I measurements. As simulated by mathematical re-calibration the use of a suitable reference material for the calibration of currently applied cardiac troponin I assays is essential to achieve equivalent results and is expected to lead to clinically much more acceptable assay performances.

  3. 30 Oct 2015

    The JRC–Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM) supported the organisation of the International Conference on Clinical Measurements in close cooperation with the European Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (EFLM) and the Centre for Metrological Traceability in Laboratory Medicine (CIRME) of the University of Milan, Italy. The conference was entitled "Defining analytical performance goals 15 years after the Stockholm conference" and took place in Milan from 24-25 November 2014.  It was attended by 215 participants from 41 countries, embracing the five continents.

  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. 14 Oct 2015

    The World Standards Day, celebrated internationally on 14 October, was designed to raise awareness on the importance of standardisation to the global economy.

  7. 15 Sep 2015

    On 15 September, a new initiative brought scientists from all over Europe together with members of the European and national parliaments, with the aim of improving the culture of evidence-informed policy-making and to stress the importance of science.

  8. 7 Aug 2015

    The JRC, together with Nucleonica GmbH, has released a new edition of the Karlsruhe Nuclide Chart, an extended periodic table which displays all known isotopes of every element and their radioactive data.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.