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The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.
Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) need to be authorised before they are allowed to enter the European market.
The availability of a reference material is one of the prerequisites for the authorisation of a GMO in Europe. Dow AgroSciences (DAS) asked the European Commission's Joint Research Centre, Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (EC JRC-IRMM) to develop a reference material for DAS-44406-6 soya. The DAS-44406-6 event is designed to confer tolerance to the glyphosate, glufosinate and 2,4-D herbicides.
The EC JRC-IRMM has released a set of five Certified Reference Materials (CRMs) ERM BF436a, b, c, d and e, certified for their DAS-44406-6 mass fractions. These reference materials will enable GMO testing laboratories to carry out measurements and to implement the (EC) No 1829/2003 food and feed labelling threshold.
The CRMs were prepared according to ISO Guides 34 by mixing gravimetrically dried GM and non-GM soya powder. The resulting GM percentages were confirmed by real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) analysis after DNA extraction from the powders. The preparation and certification of the CRMs is described in detail in the certification report.