JRC News

  1. 13 Sep 2007

    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.

  2. 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.

  3. 2 Mar 2009

    The European Commission’s independent Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) has published its opinion on the most recent developments in the risk assessment of nanomaterials. The opinion builds on and confirms earlier opinions published in 2006 and 2007. The JRC Institute for Health and Consumer Protection (IHCP) contributed to the opinion in the area of conceptual 'environment, health and safety' (EHS) aspects related the regulation of nanomaterials.

  4. 11 Nov 2009

    The European Commission has opened a public consultation in order to receive input from all people and organisations involved or interested in nanosciences and nanotechnologies research in Europe, and notably researchers, policy makers, industry, media and civil society organisations.

  5. 2 Feb 2010

    The current EU chemicals legislation REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemical substances) and the related guidance documents apply to, but do not specifically address nanomaterials. Therefore, the European Commission's Directorate General for Environment requested the JRC Institute for Health and Consumer Protection (IHCP) to coordinate three projects to develop advice for possible future modifications in the REACH guidance documents.

  6. 7 Jun 2010

    The Chinese Academy of Inspection and Quarantine and the JRC Institute for Health and Consumer Protection (IHCP) have kicked off collaboration to support risk management and improve consumer protection through new approaches in the areas of nanotechnology and alternative methods to animal testing. On 6 June, the organisations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the occasion of the EU-China Food Safety Scientific Seminar at the Shanghai World Expo. Both institutions provide technical support for policy makers and aim to reinforce their co-operation in scientific research for consumer products safety.

  7. 2 Jul 2010

    Despite the growing utilisation of engineered nanomaterials in consumer products and innovative technological applications, there is at present no widely accepted definition of the term "nanomaterial" that is suitable as a basis for legislation on their safe use. Responding to a request of the European Parliament, the JRC published today a reference report entitled "Considerations on a definition of nanomaterial for regulatory purposes".

  8. 29 Oct 2010

    The European Commission has launched a public consultation on a definition of the term 'nanomaterial' . The growing use of nanomaterials in consumer products and technological applications has led to the need for a definition of the term for regulatory purposes. A request for a "comprehensive science-based definition" was made by the European Parliament in April 2009. The definition should determine when a material should be considered as a nanomaterial for legislative and policy purposes in the European Union. The Commission invites stakeholders including the general public to put forward their views. The public consultation will run until 19 November.

  9. 14 Feb 2011

    The JRC has launched the first European repository of nanomaterials. It contains most types of nanomaterials that are currently assumed to be used in significant volumes in consumer products. These materials will be used as a reference point by laboratories that carry out safety assessments on nanomaterials, to make sure that their results are comparable to those of other laboratories. This responds to a need expressed by experts in international standardisation organisations.

  10. 24 Mar 2011

    European and US scientists and policymakers as well as industry researchers met at a joint US-EU workshop to discuss environmental, health and safety (EHS) concerns related to nanomaterials and nanotechnology-based products.