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  1. What is the difference between a Contract Staff member and an Auxiliary Contract Staff member?

    There are two categories of Contract Agent. The first category is referred to as contract staff (ex-type 3a) and covers those staff members who are recruited to work: in Commission departments in the Commission’s administrative offices, EPSO, the Commissi ...

    30 April 2014

  2. What is the minimum length of contracts offered to contract staff and auxiliary contract staff?

    The minimum duration of contract for: Contract staff 1 is 2 years. Auxiliary Contract staff 2 is 1 year. 1 The applicable article of the Conditions of Employment of Other Agents appears on the contract signed by each Contract Staff member 2 Idem ...

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  3. Are there any particular pre-conditions for engagement?

    National of one of the Member States (proven by passport or identity card), derogations to this rule are possible for non-EU Nationals; having fulfilled any obligation concerning military service (proven by an official declaration from the authority respo ...

    30 April 2014

  4. Could you list some of the benefits of this type of contract?

    Community taxation and social security; Individual rights and allowances (reimbursement of moving costs, installation indemnities, expatriation allowance, education allowances, family allowances); Unemployment Benefit; European Commission health insurance ...

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  5. Can staff members (contract staff and auxiliary contract staff) expect to have mobility within the institution in a similar way to officials?

    Mobility of contract staff members within Commission services is already taking place, subject to the agreement of the services and the person concerned, and the condition that the Contract Staff member maintains her/his status as either a contract staff ...

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  6. What kind of social security coverage applies to contract staff and auxiliary contract staff?

    Contract staff and auxiliary contract staff are covered by the Community social security system. Nevertheless, Article 112 of the Conditions of Employment of Other Servants provides for the possibility, under certain conditions and for a limited time-peri ...

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  7. What type of sickness insurance system is provided?

    A medical aid scheme is provided for all Commission statutory staff, which includes officials, temporary agents and contractual staff. ...

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  8. Do contract staff and auxiliary contract staff benefit from medical insurance coverage after the end of their contracts?

    Under certain conditions a staff member may continue to be covered for a limited period following the end of their contract. ...

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  9. What are the unemployment benefit conditions available to contract staff and auxiliary contract staff who lose their jobs?

    The provisions contained in the CEOS provide for a Community unemployment allowance to be paid for a period equal to 1/3 of the period worked, up to a maximum limit of 3 years. The Community unemployment allowance is paid in addition to any national unemp ...

    30 April 2014

  10. What guarantees exist that contract staff and auxiliary contract staffwill eventually be able to benefit from pensions contributions paid into the Community system?

    This question is linked to the possibilities of transferring OUT (of the Commission system to a national pensions system) of the actuarial value of the amounts paid into the Community system by contract staff and auxiliary contract staff. It should be not ...

    30 April 2014

  11. Can contract staff and auxiliary contract staff benefit from the European Schools system?

    The rules governing the organisation and functioning of European schools are set by a series of decisions of the Board of Governors, which is the highest decision-making body for the European Schools system. The Commission sits on the Board of Governors, ...

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  12. Are children of contract staff and auxiliary contract staff required to pay school fees?

    As Category I pupils, children of contract staff and auxiliary contract staff are exempt from schools fees (known as the "Minerval"). This exemption is accorded provided that "the parent of the child in Category I is employed directly and w ...

    30 April 2014

  13. Do you provide instructions how to perform PCR?

    Event-specific detection methods submitted under the provision of Art. 47 of Regulation EC 1829/2003 and their validation reports are accessible on the web site of the EURL for GM food and feed (EURL-GMFF) under the section " Status of dossiers " ...

    30 April 2014

  14. Which DNA extraction method should I use?

    Reliable results can only be guaranteed if an extraction method validated in a collaborative trial is used. Some extraction methods and their validation reports are accessible on the web site of the EURL for GM food and feed under the section " Statu ...

    30 April 2014

  15. Is the sequence information for GM varieties publicly available?

    The sequence information is usually patented by the producer and can in some cases be retrieved from the patent application. The sequence information itself is confidential and therefore not always accessible, whereas the primer and probe sequences target ...

    30 April 2014

  16. Can I purchase 100% GMO CRMs?

    IRMM only produces for selected GMO events a pure certified GMO reference material (nominal 100%). However, such materials may be available from other organisations or the intellectual property owner of the GMO event. ...

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  17. Can I use the GMO CRMs to calibrate my ELISA measurements?

    GMO reference materials from IRMM can be used as calibrants for DNA-based and protein-based methods. You should set-up a calibration with a reference material (calibrant) with known GM concentrations in order to be able to translate your test result into ...

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  18. How to calculate the measurement uncertainty of PCR measurements?

    In the Guidance Document on Measurement Uncertainty for GMO Testing Laboratories two selected approaches for the estimation of measurement uncertainty are proposed. The first approach presented in detail is using data from collaborative trial in combinati ...

    30 April 2014

  19. How do I compare my result with the certified values?

    The underlying principle is that one has to check whether the difference between the measured result and the certified value is larger than the expanded combined uncertainty of measurement and certified value. This is done as follows: Calculate the standa ...

    30 April 2014

  20. What is a nominal value?

    A nominal value is a provisional value, usually the target one wants to achieve with the CRM. It is usually different from the certified value and should therefore not be used. ...

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  21. How should I use the data obtained on measurements of a CRM?

    There are different possibilities to use the data obtained on a measurement of a CRM. It can be used to help to: validate a method of measurement. This is to see, if the observed value and the certified value match within the uncertainty. verify a specifi ...

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  22. How reliable is my measurement result?

    The reliability of the method applied has to be demonstrated by means such as method validation, proper use of quality assurance tools (including the use of CRMs) and the participation in proficiency testing. ...

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  23. Which value do I use for calibration?

    The value mentioned on the certificate is the certified value for the reference material and consequently the value to be used for calibration. But the uncertainty of the certified value has also to be included for the estimation of the measurement uncert ...

    30 April 2014

  24. How do I know whether the certified value is valid for my method?

    There are two CRM properties that describe the usefulness of a material for a certain method, namely traceability and commutability. Traceability describes what the certified value actually refers to including the definition of the measurand: is it about ...

    30 April 2014

  25. Which method do I have to use?

    Any method that is traceable to the same reference as the certified value can be used. ...

    30 April 2014