JRC News

  1. 30 Mar 2015

    Comparative GMO testing data elaborated by the European Reference Laboratory for Food and Feed (EURL GMFF) can now be consulted  online and downloaded by interested parties.

  2. 13 Feb 2015

    In collaboration with the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), based in the Philippines, scientists at the Molecular Biology and Genomics Unit of the JRC developed a quantitative PCR detection method in support to the authorisation for cultivation of a rice variety producing provitamin A in the grain. This variety of rice would be cultivated in the Philippines and in other countries of the region (e.g. Vietnam and Bangladesh).

     

  3. 11 Feb 2015

    In the frame of JRC's international GMO testing capacity building activity, a delegation of Tunisian scientists and representatives from several ministries, members of the Tunisian Bio-safety commission, is meeting with JRC experts in Ispra from 11 to 13 February to exchange information and share expertise on harmonisation of GMO detection and analysis.

  4. 6 Feb 2015

    A new report provides guidelines for a correct sample preparation during GMO analysis on food, feed, seed, plants and propagating material samples. Sample preparation, a key step between sampling and analysis, has so far suffered from a lack of guidance and harmonisation. The new guidelines provide details and practical hints which will contribute to foster harmonised test results in the official controls conducted by National Reference Laboratories (NRLs).

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 6 May 2014

    JRC scientists have developed a decision support tool to optimise the detection of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) via computer simulation. The JRC GMO-Matrix will make the analysis of GMOs in the food chain more efficient and cost-effective.

  8. 10 Jul 2013

    The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) organised a training course on 21-22 November, 2013 on "GMO quantification: Proper Calibration and Estimation of Measurement Uncertainty".

  9. 25 Jun 2013
    The EC JRC-IRMM has released a set of five Certified Reference Materials (CRMs) ERM BF436a, b, c, d and e, certified for their DAS-44406-6 mass fractions.
  10. 18 Jun 2013

    Following the announcement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture that an unapproved variety of genetically modified, herbicide resistant wheat was found in a field in Oregon, the JRC, as European Union Reference Laboratory for GMOs, was requested to work out an efficient control system.