JRC News

  1. 1 Apr 2015

    The results of an inter-laboratory comparison study on a method for assessing the cytotoxicity of nanomaterials have been published. This is an important step towards a harmonised method for toxicity screening of nanomaterials.

  2. 12 Mar 2015

    Measuring the size of nanoparticles is an enduring challenge for producers and regulatory agencies alike. In fact, up to now, different techniques are used to measure the dimension of objects smaller than a 1/10000 of a millimetre and they sometimes give different results.

  3. 1 Dec 2014

    Scientists from the JRC and from the Dutch Institute of Food Safety (RIKILT) organised the first international interlaboratory study for sizing and quantifying silver (Ag) nanoparticles in two food simulants (distilled water and 10 % aqueous ethanol). 

  4. 4 Nov 2014

    For the first time a certified reference material containing silica nanoparticles with a distinct bimodal size distribution has been released by JRC-IRMM. It has been designed and produced to support the implementation of the nanomaterial definition recommended by the European Commission (2011/696/EU).

  5. 25 Jun 2014

    A first step towards certified reference materials for the detection and size determination of silica nanoparticles in a food matrix was taken by JRC scientists in collaboration with partners from NanoLyse, a European project.

  6. 19 May 2014

    JRC experts provide an overview on how EU legislation addresses nanomaterials, and recapitulate issues relevant for the on-going discussion on transparency and requests for more information regarding the use of nanomaterials in consumer products.

  7. 20 Dec 2013

    The JRC released a first version of its web platform on nanomaterials which is mainly based on links to available information.

    The wide use of nanomaterials in innovative applications and new consumer products, the increasing amount of nanomaterial-related information made available through the internet, and the growing importance of legislation on nanomaterials have triggered requests to facilitate access to relevant information.

  8. 25 Apr 2013

    In the framework of the European Forum of Science and Industry, the JRC has co-organised today a roundtable with the Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry on the scientific support to Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) and innovative small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

  9. 3 Oct 2012

    The European Commission has adopted today the second regulatory review for nanomaterials. Nanotechnology has the potential to create major technological breakthroughs and rekindle economic growth. In recognition of this fact, the Commission presents its plans to improve EU law to ensure its safe use.

  10. 2 Mar 2012

    The JRC's Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM) has developed its second certified nanoparticle reference material (CRM). Similar to the world's first nanoparticle CRM based on industry-sourced particles released a year ago by IRMM, the new material with the code ERM-FD304 consists of silica particles in an aqueous environment. Silica nanoparticles are presently amongst the most widely used nanoparticles in products such as polish, whiteners and dispersants.