JRC research topics

The JRC carries out research in a wide variety of fields. Located across five sites throughout the EU, seven research institutes work in the areas of agriculture and food security, energy and transport, environment and climate change, health and consumer protection, information society, safety and security, innovation and growth, measurements and standards, and nuclear safety and security.

  1. The Global Health Security Initiative is an international partnership of the G7 countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States), Mexico, the European Commission and the World Health Organisation (WHO) to strengthen health preparedness and the global response to threats of CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear) substances and pandemic influenza.


    Science Areas: Safety and Security
    Keywords: safety, security, health
  2. Healthcare quality


    Science Areas: Health and consumer protection
    Keywords: health, quality
  3. A person is exposed to many environmental factors within his/her local environment: chemical emissions from consumer products (particles, air pollutants), environmental noise, molds etc.. These chemical, physical, and biological factors play an important role in people’s health, especially in the development and progression of disease. Assessing human exposure of individuals or populations to environmental factors is an important component and integral part of human health risk assessment.


    Science Areas: Health and consumer protection
    Keywords: health, risk assessment
  4. The JRC carries out research in the area of targeted alpha therapy (also called Alpha-Immunotherapy), which is a new approach to cancer treatment.


    Science Areas: Nuclear safety and security
    Keywords: nuclear, health, cancer
  5. Eating habits can go a long way towards ensuring good health. Low consumption of fruits, vegetables or fibre, and excess intakes of salt, sugars, and trans and saturated fats are among the top contributors to death and disability caused by non-communicable diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and certain forms of cancer.  


    Science Areas: Health and consumer protection
    Keywords: health, food/feed
  6. The JRC works closely with other European Commission services, relevant national organisations, the World Health Organisation (WHO) to maintain a high level of public health protection, covering areas such as cancer policy support, nutrition and air quality.


    Science Areas: Health and consumer protection
    Keywords: health
  7. Good health care requires reliable measurements of health status markers, mainly in blood samples. Such In-Vitro Diagnostics measurements need to be comparable over different hospitals and countries, and over time. The JRC performs pre-normative research, develops reference materials and methods, and coordinates the input from the medical profession and industry for the standardisation process. The JRC contributes to regulatory initiatives from the European Commission, and to documentary standards from e.g. the International Standards Organisation.


    Science Areas: Health and consumer protection, Standards
    Keywords: health, reference material