JRC News

  1. 14 Nov 2014

    Today the JRC-managed European Reference Laboratory for Feed Additives (EURL-FA) marks 10 years of scientific and technical support to the EU legislation on feed additives, which ensures they are safe for use and traceable in the feed chain.

    The JRC-hosted EURL-FA went in operation in November 2004. Its main task is to support the authorisation procedure of feed additives that are used in the European Union. It also provides quality assurance for the analysis of feed additives through the organisation of proficiency tests (PTs).

  2. 17 Jun 2009

    The Annual reports 2008 from the JRC Institute for Transuranium Elements (ITU) and Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM) are now available. These reports give an overview of the activities, accomplishments and resources related to the Institutes' work carried out in 2008.

  3. 13 Jan 2011

    A study carried out by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) has opened the door to replacing the current standard method for measuring bromate in drinking water with an improved method, which is more suitable for the tighter current legislative limits.

  4. 19 Nov 2013

    Working towards the creation of the first world-wide nuclear data file, leading actors in the nuclear field together with the JRC launched the first Collaborative International Evaluated Library Organisation (CIELO). This is an important step towards the use of the same (world-wide accepted) nuclear data in, for example, the safety assessments of nuclear systems.

  5. 11 Feb 2009

    The JRC's Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM) has released two new certified reference materials (CRMs) to help analytical laboratories better detect two classes of flame retardants banned under EU legislation restricting the use of hazardous substances in electronics and electrical equipment (Directive 2002/95/EC).

  6. 26 Aug 2013

    The EU Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Risk Mitigation Centres of Excellence (CoE) initiative inaugurated its Regional Secretariats for the Middle East and for South East Europe, Southern Caucasus, Moldova and Ukraine this summer. The Secretariats will facilitate information sharing, CBRN need assessment in the partner countries and implementation and monitoring of projects in these regions. In addition, it will promote the regional visibility of the initiative as well as facilitate coordination of CoE activities.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 30 Oct 2012

    A collaborative study (IMEP-32) organised by the JRC jointly with the Technical University of Denmark has paved the way for a new European standard method (EN 16278:2012) for the determination of inorganic arsenic in animal feed. 19 laboratories took part in the exercise, which proved the analytical method was fit for purpose.

  10. 2 Mar 2009

    A Collaboration Agreement signed today between the JRC Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM) and the Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science (KRISS) aims to advance measurement science and foster greater confidence in the comparability of international measurements. Areas covered will range from bioanalysis (DNA measurements) and radionuclide metrology (environmental measurements), to food control and mechanical testing (e.g. toughness of steel).