JRC News

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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).

  5. 18 Jul 2013

    The first of the twin centres designed to promote common standards in electric mobility and smart grids on both sides of the Atlantic was today inaugurated near Chicago. Converging standards and interoperability between smart grids and electric vehicles will allow for deeper penetration of renewable energies in the electricity systems, thus facilitating the way to a low-carbon economy. Technology harmonisation will drive product and service innovation in the two world's largest economies and could prove instrumental in establishing global standards for electric mobility.

  6. 18 Jul 2013

    To help reach the goal of having compatible standards across both sides of the Atlantic, the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on Wednesday 17 July agreed to expand their current scientific co-operation to 10 different areas. The JRC-NIST Implementing Arrangement is particularly relevant in the light of the currently negotiated Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

  7. 3 Mar 2011

    The Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) measurement standard has been chosen by Government organisations in three continents as the common standard for measuring the energy efficiency of data centres. This will allow data centre operators to measure, calculate, improve and communicate the energy efficiencies of their data centres worldwide.

  8. 10 Feb 2011

    Earthquake resistant building design is the topic of a major event taking place in Lisbon on 10-11 February, 2011. Engineers and professionals in the construction sector from all EU Member States will come together to share their knowledge on seismic design of buildings according to the recent European standard (Eurocode 8).

  9. 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.

  10. 13 Oct 2008

    The JRC's European Reference Laboratory for Air Pollution (ERLAP), part of the JRC Institute for Environment and Sustainability in Ispra, Italy, has completed an inter-laboratory comparative study (intercomparison) of air quality reference laboratories and public health institutes in Serbia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Lithuania, Cyprus, Italy, Luxembourg and the City of Amsterdam.