The JRC and the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC) signed a Letter of Intent to strengthen co-operation between the two organisations, on 18 October 2011 at 17:00 in Brussels in the Royal Academies for Science and the Arts of Belgium.
Developmental Neurotoxicity (DNT) is an issue of growing concern in the context of chemical exposure. The developing human nervous system is susceptible to toxicants, and exposure during development may cause lasting neurological deficits. The conference will bring together diverse stakeholders from around the globe (research scientists, regulators, industry representatives, academics, paediatricians etc), in order to discuss the following topics:
Integration of developments in exposure science and toxicity testing is essential for advancing knowledge-based decision making about the safety of chemicals.
The aim of this workshop, organised by the JRC Institute for Health and Consumer Protection, is to elaborate a harmonised framework of indoor material labelling schemes. As a starting point for the discussions at the Workshop a report is being provided to delegates that has been prepared by a preparatory working group consisting of experts from Denmark, Finland, France, Germany under the co-ordination of the JRC. The report, to be delivered in May 2010, sets out the consensus among the experts and representatives of the labelling schemes (AFFSET, AgBB, DICL, M1) involved in the process.
The migration of substances from plastic materials to contacting media obeys in most cases the law of diffusion because the diffusion process is the rate determining step. Due to advanced understanding of the mass transfer processes and translation into science-based computational tools, migration modelling has often become the method of choice for compliance testing by industry. Official controls should be able to have state of the art knowledge on theory and practice on the latest softwares in order to perform their duties on examining certificates of compliance.
The fifth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health “Protecting children’s health in a changing environment”, organised by WHO/Europe, is a milestone event for the European Environment and Health process which was launched in 1989 to eliminate the most significant environmental threats to health, with the approach that prevention is better than cure.
An enlargement & integration workshop on cyclotron research and radio-labelled nanoparticles, as part of the yearly cyclotron networking workshops (with participation of approximately 15-20 relevant research institutions), is scheduled for 15-16 December 2009 at the JRC Institute for Health and Consumer Protection (IHCP) in Ispra, Italy.
The Molecular Biology and Genomics Unit of JRC-IHCP, in cooperation with the Health and Consumer protection DG of the Commission, is organising an International Workshop on Harmonisation of GMO Detection and Analysis. The Workshop, as part of the 'Enlargement, International Collaboration and Capacity Building' activities of the Unit, has the purpose to contribute to capacity building for the Latin American and Carribean Countries in the area of testing for the presence/absence of genetically modified organisms.
An enlargement & integration workshop on 'Nanobiotechnology: protein-surface interaction' is scheduled for 2-4 December 2009 in Ispra and will gather around 80 scientists from 15 countries. Major issues related to protein surface interactions will be addressed: production, characterisation techniques, modelling and kinetics phenomena, and applications in detection and nanotoxicology.