The IRMM analytical laboratories are well equipped for carrying out demanding analytical tasks whether to solve a food related or an isotope measurement problem.
The Cyclotron of the European Commission Joint Research Centre (model Scanditronix MC40) was closed down at the end of 2014. It was commissioned in the early 1980s and was a highly versatile accelerator with variable particle energy and the capability of accelerating protons and alpha particles (8 - 40MeV) as well as deuterons (4 - 20MeV) and helium-3 nuclei (13 - 53 MeV).
The EURL ECVAM GLP Test Facility is responsible for the execution of validation studies that establish the reliability and relevance of in vitro methods suitable for regulatory safety assessment, and acts as a lead laboratory for studies conducted within the EU Network of Validation Laboratories (EU-NETVAL).
The IHCP High Throughput Screening (HTS) facility consists of two comprehensive robotic platforms supported by ample cell culturing and compound management laboratories.
The INDOORTRON Facility is a 30m 3 walk-in environmental chamber permitting precise control of parameters such as temperature, relative humidity, air quality and exchange rate. Within its large working space, it is possible to measure emissions from equipment, determine the release dynamics of materials, test models that predict pollutant concentrations, evaluate the efficiency of air-cleaning devices and carry out human exposure studies.
The JRC has up-to-date equipped laboratories to investigate nanomaterials safety as well as the detection, identification and characterisation of nanomaterials in food and consumer products. Its work focuses on a science-based understanding of nanomaterial properties and effects.
Major topics of research include:
The JRC is using the NGS-Bioinformatics infrastructure in the context of detection and characterisation of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). JRC's NGS bioinformatics infrastructure has the capacity to store, manage and analyse the large quantity of data produced by the sequencer, which corresponds to some terabytes of hard disk space and has a transferring speed of up to 10 Gigabit/sec.