The European Commission has announced plans to overhaul the way in which companies are taxed in the single market, delivering a growth-friendly and fair corporate tax system.
The JRC, in its competence as the European Reference Laboratory (EURL) on Heavy Metals in Food, organised an inter-comparison study for the determination of total arsenic and inorganic arsenic in rice. The participants were National Reference Laboratories (NRLs) and official food laboratories in the EU Member States. The study revealed that improvement in performance is still necessary.
According to a modelling exercise however, the goal can be reached with additional mitigation policies and can be compatible with continued global economic growth.
Newly available reports on Switzerland, Norway and Iceland detail the policy developments in the research and innovation area at national level. RIO reports describe the framework conditions for research and innovation (R&I) and the links between industry and academia. Among other things, these reports analyse the level of public and private funding, assess the quality of the science base and the level of implementation of the European Research Area (ERA) priorities.
The Euratom Drinking Water Directive (E-DWD) from 2013 introduces new areas of regulation with the aim of protecting the citizen from the dangers of ionising radiation.
The constant increasing use of nanomaterials in consumer products prompts the urgency of making available standardised and reliable in vitro test methods for toxicity screening to the scientific community. For this purpose, the determination of the cellular dose, i.e. the amount of nanomaterials effectively in contact with the cells is fundamental for an accurate determination of nanomaterial dose responses.
The overall cereal yield forecast at the EU-28 level of the September bulletin is maintained, and remains below the five-year average, with delays to summer crops harvesting and winter sowing manageable.
The forecast for EU-28 grain maize was revised slightly downwards, whereas the forecasts for potato, sugar beet and sunflower crops were revised slightly upwards.
In close collaboration with scientists from the German Robert Koch Institute, the French ANSES and the Swiss Laboratory SPIEZ, the JRC contributed to the organisation of a proficiency test (PT) to evaluate the ability of European expert laboratories to detect staphylococcal enterotoxin B in milk.
Consumers have the right to make informed decisions about the food they purchase. Agricultural products of high commercial value have been traditionally the target of fraudulent malpractices. Prevention of fraud and promotion of authentic products is important to assure the commercial success of European high-value agri-food products on international markets and to ensure that consumer rights are protected.
A 19-minutes training video was recently released that demonstrates a cell-based in vitro method for assessing phototoxicity, an adverse effect caused by certain chemicals after being exposed to light.