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The European Union Reference Laboratory for alternatives to animal testing (EURL ECVAM) runs experimental facilities that are engaged in the development, assessment and validation of alternative methods to animal experiments.
Food Contact Materials Laboratory

The Food Contact Materials (FCM) laboratory develops guidelines and tools for the implementation of legislation, performs pre-normative research on materials, kitchenware, ceramics, recycled plastics and studies on non-harmonised materials.

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GMO laboratory

The Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) Laboratory is supporting the harmonisation of the implementation of GMO legislation and official controls.

It is equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation for the analysis of DNA and includes areas dedicated to the extraction of DNA from test samples, qPCR and digital PCR for DNA measurements and DNA sequencing.


The JRC's High Performance Computing facility (HPC) hosts several computing platforms to support the analysis of the growing volume of data, e.g. as generated by the NGS-Bioinformatics infrastructure.


The JRC Nanobiotechnology Laboratory has state-of-the-art facilities for interdisciplinary studies with a special emphasis on the characterisation of nanomaterials, nanomedicines, advanced materials, and micro(nano)plastics.