JRC News

  1. 19 Jan 2011

    This year, TrainMiC® celebrates its 10th anniversary. To celebrate this, a competition was organised amongst the national teams for designing an anniversary logo. An e-vote was organised and the team from Bosnia and Herzegovina won the competition.

  2. 18 Jan 2011

    JRC-IRMM has released a new uranium reference material, suitable for for verification of inter-calibration of multi-collector mass-spectrometers, especially those equipped with multiple ion counting systems, widely applied for measurements of uranium in nuclear safeguards and earth sciences.

  3. 18 Jan 2011

    JRC-IRMM has released for distribution a certified calibration solution reference material for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) analysis: 15 PAHs in toluene (ERM-AC213).

  4. 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.

  5. 15 Dec 2010

    JRC-IRMM has released two new certified reference materials for the quality control of ambient air measurements in Europe. The two new CRMs have been developed to match the requirements of European legislation, in particular, the type of matrix (including the particle size) and the type and content of certified analytes. The certified reference materials, ERM-CZ100 and ERM-CZ120, were produced from fine dust that was processed in such a way as to resemble PM10 as close as possible.

  6. 13 Dec 2010

    In the frame of the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the EU, IRMM hosted a conference on 9 December 2010 entitled "Research in nuclear sciences: impact on the citizen". The conference was organised by the Belgian Nuclear Society, in association with the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK·CEN) and the Institute for Radioelements (IRE).

  7. 24 Nov 2010

    A new study which benchmarks the abilities of laboratories around the world to measure heavy metals (arsenic, cadmium, lead, mercury, methylmercury and inorganic arsenic) in seafood has been published today by the Joint Research Centre. The outcome of the exercise was generally positive, with 80 to 96% of laboratories obtaining satisfactory scores, depending on the heavy metal considered. This result corroborates seafood consumers' protection in the EU, where the levels of lead, cadmium and total mercury are regulated by law.

  8. 23 Nov 2010

    On 23 November, a new scientific facility to develop measurement standards in challenging areas such as life sciences was inaugurated at JRC-IRMM in Geel, Belgium. The new facility will be used to develop and produce reference materials, which possess a precisely-known property and are the basis for complex measurements, such as the amount of genetically modified maize or the number of bacteria in a food sample. The total cost of the facility was 11 M€ – of which 4.5 M€ was funded from revenue from JRC's reference material activities.

  9. 23 Nov 2010

    A new scientific facility to develop measurement standards in challenging areas such as life sciences was inaugurated on 23 November 2010 at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre in Geel, Belgium. The Flemish Minister-President, Kris Peeters, and the European Commission's Director-General for Enterprise and Industry, Heinz Zourek, performed the ribbon-cutting.

  10. 27 Oct 2010

    The first group of graduates of a new European Master's degree received their diplomas on 26 October 2010 at the JRC's Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM) in Geel, Belgium. The degree, "Measurement Science in Chemistry", was based on training initiatives developed by JRC-IRMM.