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The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.
Growing global deployment of GM crops in agricultural production and trade has led to increasing complexity in identity preservation operations of diverse agricultural commodity production supply chains within progressively more complex and evolving market demands.
On 3 November 2008, the 2008 Annual Conference of the European Partnership for Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing (EPAA) discussed the current status of research into alternative approaches (3Rs) in regulatory testing. In addition to reporting EPAA’s progress and achievements during the year, presentations and expert-panel discussions have addressed inter alia:
The Ministry of Health in Luxembourg is organising a Food Contact Materials conference on the 30th September in Luxembourg-City as part of its Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The conference is bringing together different representatives working in the food contact materials area such as the European Commission, the European Parliament, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), Member States experts and representatives from the industry. The main focus lies on safety and innovation.
The Forum on Evidence-based Toxicology is organized by scientists active in the field of toxicology, life sciences, biostatistics, modelling and medicine and is supported by the JRC's Institute for Health and Consumer Protection (IHCP). The scope of the forum is to explore the concept of an “evidence-based toxicology”, following the successful example of “evidence-based medicine”, a movement which aims at transparent decision-making in medicine on the basis of the best evidence available. This is achieved by integrating expert knowledge with structured approaches of data reviewing, data grouping and meta analysis in basic science, method assessment and decision-making and similar approaches might be embraced by toxicology.
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.
The main objective of the conference is to examine in a scientific manner the necessity to increase production and competitiveness while respecting sustainable development in the framework of global governance. Key questions relating to food security will be identified and debated, focusing on how research, technology and innovation can contribute to food for all. Interventions by high-level representatives of international organisations, key producer countries, stakeholders and EU political figures are foreseen. The conference is an expression of the European Union's commitment to undertaking actions that will contribute to improving the world food situation in a sustainable manner.
On the occasion of a joint event organised by the JRC in cooperation with the Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST), the two organisations signed a Memorandum of Understanding on intensified research cooperation. Areas of such collaboration have been identified on the basis of mutual interest and include environment, biotechnology, information and communication technologies (ICT), energy, food safety and maritime affairs.
This training course, co-organised by JRC/IHCP and WHO-Europe, is aimed as a capacity building activity targeting the countries involved in the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) and other EU Accession and Candidate countries.
This workshop will present these new developments with focus on migration testing. A session will also target new exposure tool for chemicals in foods including food contact materials.
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.