JRC News

  1. 26 Aug 2014

    The EU's biggest ever initiative on alternative testing, SEURAT-1, is presenting its latest progress report at the World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences. As a key partner in this major research consortium, the JRC has contributed to achievements which include well characterised biological models for in vitro high throughput assays, novel ‘‑omics’ and high throughput in vitro based approaches for the identification of toxicity pathways.

  2. 23 Jul 2014

    Together with the Directorate General for Energy, the JRC has recently published the first report measuring the progress of smart meters deployment across the EU against the 80% target by 2020. Member States commitments represent to date, a total potential investment of €45 billion.

    Smart meters are essential for consumers; they allow an accurate billing through the communication between the electricity meters recording the actual consumption and the monitoring utility. They may also facilitate the provision of additional services to consumers.

  3. 18 Apr 2014

    The JRC released a guidance document for the monitoring of marine litter in European seas. It provides the Member States with recommendations and information in order to support establishing monitoring programmes, a milestone in the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD). Through the Directive, EU Member States committed themselves to the development of strategies to achieve good environmental status of European seas.

  4. 13 Mar 2014

    A scientific review of the research on the safety aspects of the use of refrigerant R1234yf in Mobile Air Conditioning (MAC) systems, published on 7 March by the European Commission, concluded that there is no evidence of a serious risk under normal and foreseeable conditions of use, as outlined by existing legal framework on the general safet

  5. 30 Dec 2013

    Recent data from EU Member States, such as from the National Alcohol Fraud Task Force in Poland, show that the amount of seized illicit alcohol coming from other Member States into Poland is almost zero after a procedure co-developed by the JRC for denaturing alcohol was included in a Commission Regulation to fight and prevent fraud in this area.

  6. 12 Dec 2013

    On 9 December 2013, the JRC launched FACET, a Flavourings, Additives, and food Contact materials Exposure Tool consisting of a downloadable programme to estimate the EU consumers' exposure to these substances.

  7. 25 Nov 2013

    JRC scientists contributed to the validation of an innovative rapid test for the simplified detection of certain drugs (antibiotic residues) in honey and mould toxins (mycotoxins) in cereals. Some antibiotics are used as preventive or therapeutic treatment to protect honey producing bees from extremely dangerous bacterial diseases and mycotoxins are toxic compounds that are produced when certain species of mould (fungi) infect crops.

  8. 29 Oct 2013

    How involved are consumers in the future electricity system? What do they know about 'smart grids', electricity networks where electric power and communication not only flows from supplier to consumer, but also the other way round? The incorporation of new information and communication technologies in the electricity network will turn the consumers - traditionally passive end-users - into active players.

  9. 15 Apr 2013

    Following the European Commission Recommendation on the data protection, privacy and security aspects of RFID-enabled applications (May 2009), the JRC and the Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CNECT) have studied the best available techniques to deactivate tags at the point of sale in the retail sector. The study concludes that the implementation of RFID technology is still limited and that few operators are fully implementing the recommendation foreseeing the deactivation of the tags.

  10. 2 Apr 2013

    An expert group, chaired by the JRC, confirms that the scientific identification of endocrine disrupting substances should be based on the demonstration of both endocrine activity and an adverse effect caused by it. A wide range of substances are under scrutiny for endocrine disrupting properties, such as plastic additives in consumer goods, a number of industrial chemicals, cleaning agents, pesticides and by-products of industrial processes like dioxins.