JRC News

  1. 19 Jul 2007

    The JRC Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM) has released several new reference materials that are now available to analytical laboratories in industry, from public authorities or scientific institutions. These include a quality control material for the analysis of polybrominated flame retardants in polymers, as well as new reference materials for the measurements of various trace elements in plastic materials and for the quality control and calibration of detection methods of genetically modified maize.

  2. 11 Sep 2007

    Today, the President of Eurolab, Jean-Luc Laurent, and the Director of the JRC Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM), Alejandro Herrero, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Geel, Belgium.

  3. 6 Dec 2007

    The JRC Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM) has introduced a new set of reference materials for testing maize line MON 810 genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food and feed samples. These will be used by many control laboratories around the EU to measure the content of GMO crops in different samples. The reliability of those testing results is as important for the individual citizen as it is for trade and industry.

  4. 17 Dec 2007

    A collaboration agreement was signed today in Geel, Belgium, between the JRC Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM) and the Chemical Science and Technology Laboratory (CSTL) of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (USA). The agreement will advance the development and availability of international measurement standards in the fields of chemistry, life sciences, and emerging technologies.

  5. 21 Jan 2008

    The use of a chemical marker that had been proposed by the JRC Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM) for the reliable identification of animal by-products has become a compulsory standard in Europe. According to a Commission regulation published in December, glyceroltriheptanoate (GTH) has to be used as marker for those animal by-products that must not be used in animal nutrition.

  6. 15 Feb 2008

    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.

  7. 18 Feb 2008

    10 European standards for design of construction works will provide a common approach for the design of buildings and other civil engineering works as of 2010. These "Eurocodes" will boost business in this sector by removing technical barriers to trade with construction products and services within the European Union. They will improve quality of products and services, and will create new job opportunities in the construction sector, which currently covers 28% of industrial employment in the EU.

  8. 15 Mar 2008

    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.

  9. 23 Jul 2008

    The JRC Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM) has released two new reference materials that are now available to analytical laboratories in industry, public authorities or scientific institutions.

  10. 5 Sep 2008

    On 4 and 5 September 2008 the JRC Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM) welcomed leading US scientists from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). In the latest of a series of biennial coordination meetings, the two institutes discussed ways to coordinate their research and development programmes in metrology.