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The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.
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 has published science-based options to improve the clarity and the practical application of the EC recommendation on the definition of a nanomaterial.
On 1 July, the European Nano-Characterisation Laboratory funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme was launched.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.