JRC News

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 1 Jul 2015

    On 1 July, the European Nano-Characterisation Laboratory funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme was launched.

  4. 27 Apr 2011

    Researchers from the JRC and the Chinese Academy of Inspection and Quarantine (CAIQ) discussed food safety and consumer protection related to nanoscience in the first Sino-EU symposium dedicated to nanotechnology, held on 14-15 April 2011 in Beijing. The event was co-organised by JRC's Institute for Health and Consumer Protection (IHCP) and the CAIQ. It is a fruit of increased cooperation between the two partners, which followed a Memorandum of Understanding signed in June 2010.

  5. 5 Oct 2011

    The JRC and the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC) will sign an agreement for closer cooperation on 18 October 2011. During a conference at the Royal Academies for Science and the Arts of Belgium, the two organizations will present the first result of their enhanced cooperation: a joint report on the impact of engineered nanomaterials on health.

  6. 19 Oct 2011

    On 18 October the JRC and the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC) signed a Letter of Intent to strengthen co-operation between the two organisations. Dominique Ristori, Director General of the Joint Research Centre, and Sir Brian Heap, President of EASAC, signed the agreement during a ceremony at the Royal Academies for Science and the Arts of Belgium.

  7. 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.

  8. 3 Oct 2012

    The European Commission has adopted today the second regulatory review for nanomaterials. Nanotechnology has the potential to create major technological breakthroughs and rekindle economic growth. In recognition of this fact, the Commission presents its plans to improve EU law to ensure its safe use.

  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. 2 Mar 2012

    The JRC's Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM) has developed its second certified nanoparticle reference material (CRM). Similar to the world's first nanoparticle CRM based on industry-sourced particles released a year ago by IRMM, the new material with the code ERM-FD304 consists of silica particles in an aqueous environment. Silica nanoparticles are presently amongst the most widely used nanoparticles in products such as polish, whiteners and dispersants.