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Dec 13 2017

Since 2011, we at the Joint Research Centre (JRC) have been developing guidance on Best Environmental Management Practices for a number of priority sectors. These guides, developed with industry experts for a variety of sectors ranging from tourism to agriculture or car manufacturing, provide inspiration and guidance for organisations on a path to improve their environmental performance.

'Bridging communities in the field of nanomedicine', JRC, Ispra, 27th-28th September 2017
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Dec 11 2017

The JRC organised a dedicated workshop to bridge scientific communities involved in progressing the regulatory science of nanomedicines. There was a general agreement by the participants that existing standards and guidance documents might not be always sufficient for the regulation of nanomedicines due to their particularities.

The joint meeting of PARERE and ESTAF, Ispra The joint meeting of PARERE and ESTAF, Ispra
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Dec 07 2017

From the 27-29 November 2017, the annual meeting of EURL ECVAM's regulatory network (PARERE) and the joint meeting of PARERE and the ECVAM stakeholder forum (ESTAF) took place in Ispra.

Big Data from Space 2017 Conference image
Dec 04 2017

Following the success of the 2014 and 2016 conferences on Big Data from Space held at the ESA in Frascati (Italy) and the Auditorio de Tenerife (Spain) respectively, the 2017 edition of the "Big Data from Space" Conference was again co-organised by the European Space Agency (ESA), the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission, and the European Union Satellite Centre (SatCen).

EURL ECVAM Status Report 2017 EURL ECVAM Status Report 2017
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Dec 01 2017

The JRC hosted EU Reference Laboratory for Alternatives to Animal Testing (EURL ECVAM) has published its Status Report 2017 presenting an update on the development, validation and regulatory acceptance of alternative methods to animal testing.

Most of the main EU sugar beet producing countries expect above-average yields and sugar contents.
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Nov 27 2017

The November issue of the JRC MARS Bulletin Crop monitoring in Europe was published today, alongside three of the JRC MARS Bulletin global outlook series: on Turkey, Russia and Ukraine.

Nov 24 2017

Despite the key role science plays in the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, disaster science represents only 0.22% of the world’s total scholarly output.

The data suggests that countries focus their research on disaster types with high domestic relevance. Asia appears to have a central position in the disaster science field.

Disaster science has also an overall degree of international collaboration of 20%, which is slightly higher than the global average in all fields of science of around 18% during the time period covered.

in vitro colonies of cells grown after exposure to selected niosomes formulation (in blue: colonies formed by live cells)
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Nov 21 2017

JRC scientists, in collaboration with six Italian Institutions, demonstrated that vesicular nanocarriers such as niosomes, are able to entrap drugs for safe delivery to targets to treat acute and chronic inflammation.

new certified reference material for nanoparticle size analysis new certified reference material for nanoparticle size analysis
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Nov 17 2017

The Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission (EC) has developed a new Certified Reference Material (CRM) for nanoparticle size analysis. The CRM (ERM-FD101b) is a suspension of silica nanoparticles of nominally 85 nm in diameter in an aqueous solution and has been developed to support the implementation of the EC nanomaterial definition.

Nov 15 2017

The Euratom Treaty, signed in 1957, laid the foundation for the peaceful use of nuclear materials and technologies in the European Community.

In compliance with the Euratom Treaty, a safeguards system was established 60 years ago to ensure that nuclear materials are used only for declared peaceful purposes. It is the responsibility of the European Commission and of the member states to verify that nuclear materials are not diverted from their intended uses as declared by the users.