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Feb 23 2018

The Joint Research Centre joined forces with the European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines and Healthcare (EDQM) to develop reference materials needed for the determination of elements in medicinal products. These reference materials will ensure that EU citizens have access to safe and reliable medicinal products.

Feb 20 2018

Honey is highly valued for its taste, aroma, naturalness, and its content of bio-actives. Unfortunately, not all honey on the market is genuine.

The JRC organised a Round Table Discussion to identify ways of detecting fraud in the honey supply chain and to find consensus on the best approaches to ensure authenticity of this important agricultural product.

Honey is a natural product which has been valued for its sweetening properties since ancient times and has a long history of medicinal use.

Feb 19 2018

According to the February issue of the JRC MARS Crop monitoring Bulletin, which was published today, the low-temperature acclimatisation of winter cereals remains weak in large parts of Europe as a consequence of the predominantly mild conditions.

Feb 16 2018

The Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission has today launched the second version of the free DOPA Explorer, the most advanced global information system characterising the world’s protected areas.

Feb 15 2018

A JRC paper published in PLOS One yesterday finds that changes in the amount of freshwater flowing from rivers into the Mediterranean Sea can have a significant effect on temperature, salinity and chlorophyll levels.

The paper analyses the effects of future changes on freshwater inputs into the Mediterranean Sea in the context of different climate change scenarios.

Feb 14 2018

Can a change in public procurement of food and food services, for schools and worksite canteens for example, lead to better health for all? That was the topic of discussions between JRC scientists, colleagues from the European Commission Departement for Health and Food Safety and the Maltese Ministry for Health.

Reformulating food products to contain less sugars, salt or fat and possibly more fibre and essential micronutrients, is an important contribution to healthier food choices.

Feb 12 2018

Experts from several German and French organisations - including scientists from EFSA and the JRC - reviewed the current application of classical and new nanomaterials in the context of regulatory requirements and standardisation for chemicals, food and consumer products. They concluded that nanomaterial characterisation is still challenging and the major bottleneck of risk assessment and regulation.

Feb 09 2018

The use of non-conventional data sources for migration policymaking was the topic of a workshop organised by the European Commission's Knowledge Centre on Migration and Demography (KCMD) and the International Organization for Migration's Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC).

Feb 09 2018

The JRC's ChemAgora web portal provides search capabilities to retrieve chemical data from a plethora of online resources enabling users to access both regulatory information on chemicals and public databases on chemical properties.

ChemAgora is intended to support chemical risk assessment activities by assisting stakeholders to gain a quick overview of globally available data about chemicals they are interested in. This speeds up the process of data discovery and saves valuable resources.

Feb 08 2018

The JRC contributed to an Italian study in profiling food waste types to better understand what specific measures should be taken for food waste reduction. 

Food waste goes well beyond the visible disposing of leftovers or food not consumed because of expired consume by dates for example.