JRC News

  1. 1 Mar 2013

    The JRC-IRMM presents the outcome of a feasibility study for a first reference material to be produced to standardise autoimmune disease testing.

  2. 19 Jul 2013

    The IRMM is renewing the appointment of experts for Certification Advisory Panels (CAPs), which participate in the review process during the certification of reference materials.

  3. 18 Jul 2014

    JRC scientists observed some challenges using Wels catfish to monitor the quality of river and other surface waters. It may be important to consider the type (species and size) of fish when deriving to valid conclusions on environmental quality.

  4. 27 Jun 2014

    This is the question that JRC scientists have recently addressed when using, for the first time, an infrared camera coupled with a freeze dryer in order to improve an important reference material processing technique.

  5. 4 Jun 2015

    In collaboration with scientists from more than 60 European and pan-European research institutions, JRC scientists developed and certified a set of 6  plasmid reference materials (CRMs)  for the standardisation of chronic myeloid leukaemia treatment.

  6. 25 Feb 2014

    The JRC releases CRM IRMM-313, a new microbiological certified reference material used to identify Campylobacter, a bacterium that causes intestinal infections.

  7. 8 Apr 2014

    The JRC-IRMM has recently published the second edition of the guidance document on the harmonised flexible scope accreditation related to quantitative testing of genetically modified organisms (GMOs); addressing primarily laboratory managers and assessors for ISO/IEC 17025.

  8. 27 Sep 2012

    Legislation in the European Union regulates the placing on the market of food and feed consisting of, containing or produced from genetically modified organisms (GMOs). They are referred to as genetically modified (GM) food and feed and require labelling if they contain more than 0.9 % of GMOs. In general, this threshold demands on the one hand the development and validation of reliable methods for GMO quantification, and on the other hand the production of reference materials for calibration or quality control of these methods.

  9. 18 Nov 2014

    Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) need to be authorised before they are allowed to enter the European market. The availability of a reference material and a validated method forms together with the risk assessment the prerequisite for a possible authorisation of DAS 81419-2 soya for the European market.

  10. 18 Oct 2013

    The estimation of measurement uncertainty and the use of reference materials are crucial for the correct implementation of legislation. Using reference materials for calibration ensures traceability of results in several areas such as health, clinical diagnostics, food and feed safety, environment, security and nuclear safeguards.