The European Commission has today released IUCLID 5 as part of its preparation for REACH and the new European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). It is a key software application essential for chemical industry to comply with the new legislation, which entered into force on 1 June 2007. The freely downloadable tool will assist chemical companies globally in fulfilling their obligation to submit data to the Agency under the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) legislation from 1 June 2008.
The allocation of €1.4 billion to projects in nanosciences and -technology makes the EU the world's biggest contributor in this field. The JRC, member of the Commission's interservice group on nanosciences, is currently carrying out a study on the present and future potential of nanotechnology, thus helping to identify opportunities and risks for future developments in the EU.
Today, November 5th, the third conference of the European Partnership for Alternatives Approaches to animal testing (EPAA) takes place in Brussels. The conference, opened by Commissioner Poto nik and bringing together representatives from the European Commission and several companies taking part in the EPAA partnership, presents the progress in the action programme achieved in 2007 and represents an important forum to discuss the main drivers for regulatory acceptance of alternative methods to animal testing, the uptake of accepted methods, the global dimension of regulatory acceptance as well as to exchange views and way forward.
The conference aims to address the science and technology underpinning GMO control and analysis by bringing together international experts willing to share knowledge and participate in promoting international scientific dialogue across diverse yet interdependent areas such as:
On 13 February, the European Commission decided to require compulsory certification for the imports of Chinese rice products that could contain the unauthorised GMO Bt63. The decision has been taken after rice products -originating in, or consigned from, China and containing the unauthorised genetically modified rice “Bt 63”- were discovered in the EU market between 2006 and 2007.
On today's European Consumer Day, following the motto "Know Your Rights, Use Your Rights", the European Commission recalls that consumers through their choices are the force that drives the market. This year's campaign is an appeal to consumers to take power back in their hands, to get informed and to use their power of comparison and of choice.
Starting Friday, July 18 in Barcelona, the Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF) 2008 features a strong presence by the JRC, with five scientific sessions by JRC scientists as well as a number of high profile science-related communication activities.
A co-operation agreement signed today in Brussels will advance scientific co-operation and the development of international standards in the field of food and feed safety.