JRC News

  1. 14 Dec 2012

    New guidance to assess the health impact of noise is now available to national and local authorities across Europe. The step-by-step guidance on how to calculate the burden of cardiovascular diseases and sleep disturbance from noise is the result of a 2-year study conducted by a group of international experts from World Health Organisation (WHO), the Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the European Environment Agency.

  2. 4 Dec 2012

    From 3 to 5 December, the European Network of GMO Laboratories (ENGL) meets at the JRC Ispra site to discuss emerging issues related to GMO analysis but also celebrate its official 10th Anniversary.

  3. 15 Nov 2012

    A JRC team today receives the first Lush Science Prize for their pioneering work on non-animal chemical safety testing at an awards ceremony in London.

  4. 3 Oct 2012

    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.

  5. 14 Sep 2012

    The JRC has published today a report with new Common Noise Assessment Methods (CNOSSOS-EU) that will enable the production of comparable data on noise exposure from road, rail, air traffic and industry in Europe. This is a prerequisite for the effective implementation of the EU policy on noise that aims to reduce noise pollution, a growing health and economic concern. Member States will have to start using the new methods for the next round of EU-wide strategic noise mapping in 2017. 

  6. 14 Jul 2012

    Necessity breeds invention, and the prospect of a complete ban on the use of animal testing in the EU cosmetics sector is a powerful driver for ambitious research and innovation across industry and academia. Methods to trigger cells into reinventing themselves, a prototype bioreactor to engineer living tissue and a computer model to predict the fate of a chemical in your body - these are just some of the recent achievements of SEURAT-1, a major European private-public research consortium that's working towards animal free testing and the highest level of consumer protection.

  7. 10 Jul 2012

    Every year, about one million patients worldwide undergo total hip arthroplasty surgery to regain pain-free mobility. Following recent problems with certain metal-on-metal hip joint prostheses, regulators around the globe are looking into the efficiency and safety of these medical devices.

  8. 15 Mar 2012

    On 14 March 2011, the European Union Reference Laboratory for Alternatives to Animal Testing (EURL ECVAM), hosted by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC), issued a recommendation concerning three in vitro test methods for assessment of the carcinogenic potential of chemical substances. In conjunction with other available data, the test methods can be used to decide whether it is necessary to carry out animal testing for carcinogenicity (cancer bioassay) in the context of EU legislation.

  9. 28 Feb 2012

    When assessing the safety of chemical substances, knowledge on absorption, distribution (including the bioaccumulative potential), metabolism and excretion is essential. A lot of this information can be generated through in vitro and in silico test methods at tissue, cell or sub-cellular level. This information can be used as input parameters for physiologically-based toxicokinetic modelling (PBTK). Such computer modelling can help reducing the numbers of animal experiments by better targeting critical parameters. It has the potential to contribute to the replacement of animal tests in future.

  10. 1 Dec 2011

    A new scientific publication "How to reliably test for GMOs", co–authored by JRC Institute for Health and Consumer Protection (IHCP) and the Slovenia’s National Institute of Biology (NIB), provides an overview of the current legislation and latest methods for testing genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The 100 page guide is addressed to professionals and practitioners within national authorities and testing laboratories worldwide. It was published by Springer.