JRC research topics

The JRC carries out research in a wide variety of fields. Located across five sites throughout the EU, our scientists 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. Our work focusses on many aspects of quality including quality assurance and assessment, certification, benchmarking, management and clinical auditing, external assessment, quality and safety, quality improvement, performance measurement, quality monitoring, standardisation in healthcare, as well as the development and evaluation of evidence-based guidelines.


    Science Areas: Health and consumer protection
    Keywords: health, quality, cancer
  3. 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: Health and consumer protection, Nuclear safety and security
    Keywords: nuclear, health, cancer
  5. Our on-going work covers a wide spectrum of activities–with two major areas of focus being school-aged children and older citizens. We review state-of-the-art scientific developments in nutrition and their applicability and relevance for public health decision making.


    Science Areas: Health and consumer protection
    Keywords: health, food/feed
  6. The JRC works closely with other European Commission services, relevant national organisations, and 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