The JRC released two certified reference materials (CRMs) that will ensure the quality of results from testing toxic trace elements in plastics used for electric and electronic equipment. The two are upgraded versions of previous CRMs and are now able to identify – besides lead, cadmium, mercury and chromium – also six other elements. This will support the implementation of EU legislation which requires limiting those compounds to ensure the protection of consumers and the environment.
As the Commission's in-house science service, the Joint Research Centre's mission is to provide EU policies with independent, evidence-based scientific and technical support throughout the whole policy cycle. Working in close cooperation with policy Directorates-General, the JRC addresses key societal challenges while stimulating innovation through developing new methods, tools and standards, and sharing its know-how with the Member States, the scientific community and international partners.