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Scientists examining testtube in laboratory Nanotechnology offers promise for the development of innovative products and applications in industrial sectors such as agricultural production, animal feed and treatment, food processing and food contact materials.
©aleks traksel, Fotolia.com
Sep 11 2015

An overview of regulatory solutions worldwide on the use of nanotechnology in food and feed production shows a differing approach: only the EU and Switzerland have nano-specific provisions incorporated in existing legislation, whereas other countries count on non-legally binding guidance and standards for industry.

The JRC report suggests that size as the sole defining property of a nanoparticle should be maintained The JRC report suggests that size as the sole defining property of a nanoparticle should be maintained
©European Union, 2015
Jul 10 2015

The JRC has published science-based options to improve the clarity and the practical application of the EC recommendation on the definition of a nanomaterial.

Visual of a map of Europe inside a series of bubbles EU-NCL: strengthening the industrial base - advancing regulatory science.
©EU, 2015
Jul 01 2015

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

Vladimir Šucha and Prof. Pavol Šajgalík signing the Memorandum of Understanding Vladimir Šucha and Prof. Pavol Šajgalík signing the Memorandum of Understanding
©Vladimír Šimíček, 2015
Jun 05 2015

Today at the Slovak Academy of Sciences in Bratislava, Prof. Pavol Šajgalík, President of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, and Vladimír Šucha, Director General of the JRC, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

Image of silver nanoparticles radiolabelled with Ag-105. Image of silver nanoparticles radiolabelled with Ag-105.
©EU, 2013
Dec 20 2013

The JRC released a first version of its web platform on nanomaterials which is mainly based on links to available information.

The wide use of nanomaterials in innovative applications and new consumer products, the increasing amount of nanomaterial-related information made available through the internet, and the growing importance of legislation on nanomaterials have triggered requests to facilitate access to relevant information.

photo of vials Vials with representative nanomaterials in the JRC-Ispra repository
©EU, 2012
Oct 03 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.

photo from the event Mr. Šucha and Mr. Kralev shake hands after the announcement of enhanced scientific cooperation
©EU, 2012
Sep 26 2012

The JRC and the Macedonian Ministry of Education and Science have jointly organised an information day in Skopje. During the event, Pan e Kralev, Minister of Education and Science, and Vladimír Šucha, Deputy Director General of the JRC, announced an agreement to enhance scientific cooperation in fields of mutual interest.

Photo of two vial bottles Nanoparticles reference materials will help the monitoring of production quality and support health and environment safety
©EU 2012
Mar 02 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.

JRC-EASAC Speeches at the ceremony. On the left: Dr. Paul Rubig, MEP. Right: Dominique Ristori, Director-General of the JRC JRC-EASAC Speeches at the ceremony. On the left: Dr. Paul Rubig, MEP. Right: Dominique Ristori, Director-General of the JRC
©EU 2011
Oct 19 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.

Nanotubes Nanotubes
©Michael Ströck (Wikimedia commons)
Oct 18 2011

On 18 October the JRC and the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC) presented a joint report on the state-of-the-art knowledge on safety aspects of engineered nanomaterials.

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