JRC News

  1. 29 Jan 2014

    A promising new safeguards tool for plutonium analysis has been developed by the Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority from Finland (STUK) and the JRC. It is a novel technique for measuring the isotopic composition of radioactive samples involving a silicon drift detector for conversion electrons. It is regarded as a complementary tool to alpha particle spectrometry, commonly used for nuclear inspection in safeguards laboratories.

  2. 23 Jan 2014

    Legislation in the EU 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 'GM food and feed' and require authorisation in the EU.

  3. 21 Jan 2014

    Four new reports addressing research and innovation have been written by the JRC.

    Three of the studies apply a framework for the analysis of national research systems, and focus on distinct elements central for the current policy discourse on European research and innovation: research interactions, the excellence of scientific and technological research, and the efficiency in the production of excellent research. The fourth study addresses the issue of measurement of structural change towards a knowledge-intensive economy.

  4. 20 Dec 2013

    A recent proficiency test carried out by the JRC showed that National Reference Laboratories' (NRLs) measuring capabilities to determine the levels of coccidiostats in poultry feed are generally satisfactory across Member States.

  5. 19 Dec 2013

    A JRC co-developed procedure1 for completely denaturing alcohol has been included in the Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 162/2013 from July 2013 to fight and prevent frauds in this area.

  6. 5 Dec 2013

    At the occasion of the World Soil Day international symposium in Paris, organised by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the French Soil Study Association (AFES), the JRC launched the French version of its European Atlas of Soil Biodiversity.

  7. 5 Dec 2013

     The publication reviews and discusses the merits of flow injection analysis and related techniques for measurements of macronutrient and micronutrient elements in seawater.

  8. 4 Dec 2013
    JRC-IRMM releases the first rapeseed powder material certified for a GMO mass fraction world-wide. Provided that the 73496 GMO rapeseed event will be authorised for the European market, this certified reference material will help GMO testing laboratories to implement the European labelling threshold, and enabling consumers to choose their preferred food. The material can be used for calibration and quality control without the need for a grinding or mixing step.
  9. 4 Dec 2013

    Three new certified reference materials to improve the quality of coal analysis have been developed by JRC IRMM for use in laboratory quality control and method validation.

  10. 22 Nov 2013

    On 21 and 22 November 2013, an international training course on "GMO quantification: Proper calibration and estimation of measurement uncertainty" was held at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre in Geel.