JRC News

  1. 27 Oct 2015

    In close collaboration with representatives from the European Union Reference Laboratory (EURL) for Pesticide Residues in Fruits & Vegetables, scientists from the JRC-Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM) organised a proficiency test (PT) to assess the world-wide performance of food control laboratories on the determination of pesticide residues in grapes.

  2. 26 Oct 2015

    In close collaboration with researchers from Romania the JRC- Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM) has obtained new results characterising the interaction of neutrons with lead. This was achieved using the electron linear accelerator (GELINA) of the JRC-IRMM.

  3. 23 Oct 2015

    JRC scientists developed and validated a method for the determination of mercury in seawater. This method was designed to fulfil the needs for process control during the production of a new seawater certified reference material, currently under development at the JRC-Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM).

  4. 22 Oct 2015

    Two new, certified reference materials (CRMs) have been produced for perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) in fish tissue and drinking water. The CRMs will provide traceability and comparability of analytical results for the analytes. These measurements are particularly relevant in the fields of environmental and food analysis because of the high persistence and hazardous biological effects of PFASs.

  5. 22 Oct 2015

    Scientists from the JRC contributed to a study of cross sections for neutron induced reactions with 241Am as a target nucleus. The study resulted in a new evaluation of the cross sections in the resonance region.

  6. 21 Oct 2015

    The JRC-Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements developed and released the first rapeseed-based biodiesel certified reference material (CRM). This CRM is certified for selected parameters specified by standard EN 14214 of the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) and will assure the quality of analytical results obtained by control laboratories.

  7. 20 Oct 2015

    Today, 20 October, the Chinese Academy of Inspection and Quarantine (CAIQ) and the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (EC-JRC) renewed their collaborative research arrangement (CRA) at the EU Pavillon of EXPO 2015.

  8. 20 Oct 2015

    Between 29 September and 1 October, 2015, JRC-IRMM successfully organised a TrainMiC® training course – "Quality assurance in analytical measurements for early-stage researchers". Thirty-four primarily early-stage researchers were selected, out of 107 applicants having either PhD's, post-docs or practitioners in research areas such as toxicology, pharmacology, food contaminants, food additives, food adulteration, environmental contaminants, sustainable water, chemical, biological and explosive threats, experimental biochemistry, molecular biotechnology, microelectronics and geochemistry.

  9. 20 Oct 2015

    In support of the Euratom Treaty Articles 35/36 (monitoring and reporting of radioactivity in the environment), an interlaboratory comparison (ILC) on low levels of radioactivity was organised by the Joint Research Centre, Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (JRC-IRMM). Participants in this ILC study were 71 European environmental radioactivity monitoring laboratories.

  10. 19 Oct 2015

    JRC-IRMM scientists help to establish the measurement uncertainty of size determination of nanoparticles in food using electron microscopy