JRC News

  1. 11 Feb 2015

    In the frame of JRC's international GMO testing capacity building activity, a delegation of Tunisian scientists and representatives from several ministries, members of the Tunisian Bio-safety commission, is meeting with JRC experts in Ispra from 11 to 13 February to exchange information and share expertise on harmonisation of GMO detection and analysis.

  2. 6 Feb 2015

    A new report provides guidelines for a correct sample preparation during GMO analysis on food, feed, seed, plants and propagating material samples. Sample preparation, a key step between sampling and analysis, has so far suffered from a lack of guidance and harmonisation. The new guidelines provide details and practical hints which will contribute to foster harmonised test results in the official controls conducted by National Reference Laboratories (NRLs).

  3. 5 Feb 2015

    Today's adoption by the OECD of two new test guidelines will contribute to reducing the number of animals currently used worldwide to identify chemicals with the potential to trigger skin allergies. The new JRC recommended test methods will support the identification of chemicals that can lead to allergic contact dermatitis (ACD), one of the most common occupational diseases. Skin allergies are a growing health problem and are estimated to affect already 20% of the population in Europe.

  4. 4 Feb 2015

    A new common procedure for the collection of cancer data in Europe will improve the quality and coherence of the data gathered by European cancer registries.

  5. 27 Jan 2015

    SINPHONIE, an EU-funded research project on indoor air quality in EU schools, and its impact on children's health, has recently published its conclusions. Based on the evidence gathered, the Joint Research Centre and the partners developed guidelines for maintaining good air quality. They are expected to contribute to healthier school environments in Europe.

  6. 22 Jan 2015

    The JRC has released a new strategy on how to replace, reduce and refine the use of fish in testing of chemicals’ effect on flora and fauna in water (aquatic toxicity) and chemicals’ uptake and concentration in living organisms (bioaccumulation). Out of the 11.5 million animals used for experimental purposes in the EU (2011 data), cold blooded animals, namely reptiles, amphibians and fish represent 12.4%. In the case of specific testing for toxicological safety assessment, fish represent 18% of the one million animals used.

  7. 14 Jan 2015

    Our bi-monthly newsletter keeps consumers and stakeholders up to date on latest developments in nutrition.

  8. 19 Dec 2014

    The European Union Reference Laboratory for Alternatives to Animal Testing (EURL ECVAM) of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre has just released a strategy on how to reduce, refine and ultimately avoid the use of animals for acute mammalian systemic toxicity testing. The strategic aims and associated objectives identified are intended to progress the field on multiple fronts and to provide a framework for prioritisation of alternative methods submitted for validation.

  9. 27 Nov 2014

    How can research in food and diets address how we will live and eat in 2050? By supporting the move towards individualised diets; by ensuring the sustainability of the future food system; by improving our understanding of links between food, nutrients and health; and by focusing on integrated policy-making. These are the main findings of a new foresight report that will support work done under Horizon 2020, the EU's Funding Programme for Research and Innovation for 2014-2020.