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  1. Healthcare quality

    Healthcare quality is the extent to which health services provided to individuals and patient populations improve desired health outcomes. Care should be evidence-based and provided in a technically and culturally competent manner with good communication ...

    02 September 2015

  2. Food authenticity and quality

    The labeling of food products is essential to inform consumers what kind of products they are buying. EU harmonised rules on food labeling, presentation and advertising aim to protect consumers and facilitate trade inside and outside Europe. Recently an i ...

    30 April 2014

  3. Organic food and sustainable agriculture

    Food scares have increased consumer awareness in all aspects of food safety and quality. As a result, consumers have increasingly expressed preferences with respect to agricultural practices and geographical origin. Policy makers also have recognised the ...

    01 September 2015

  4. Foreign fats in chocolate

    Discontinued activity The so-called Chocolate Directive (Directive 2000/36/EC) allows the addition of up to 5% of vegetable fats other than cocoa butter, the so-called cocoa butter equivalents (CBEs), in chocolate. If CBEs are added, consumers have to be ...

    24 October 2014

  5. Best environmental management practice

    Organisations of all sizes and kinds have a large scope for improving their environmental performance. With motivations ranging from eco-efficiency to reputation and concerns about the sustainability of their business, many organisations try to reduce the ...

    11 June 2015

  6. Air quality and greenhouse gases

    Despite continued efforts to reduce emissions of harmful air pollutants, air pollution remains a worldwide concern, including in large areas of Europe. Improving air quality while keeping the climate hospitable is a complex process which requires a thorou ...

    19 May 2015

  7. European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2016

    17 Apr 2016 The European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly 2016 will bring together geoscientists from all over the world to one meeting covering all disciplines of the Earth, planetary and space sciences. The EGU aims to provide a forum where scie ...

    22 April 2016

  8. Air Quality 2016

    14 Mar 2016 to 18 Mar 2016 The 10th International Conference on Air Quality- Science and Application brings together participants from the air quality, climate and health research and user communities to discuss the latest research advances, new applicati ...

    14 March 2016

  9. Towards research strategies to reduce the burden of disease due to air pollution

    07 Apr 2016 JRC scientist Frank Dentener is one of the 22 international authors of a recently published feature article in Environmental Science & Technology that reviews what is currently known about the effects of air pollution on health and calls f ...

    07 April 2016

  10. Using benthic algae to assess the quality of European lakes and rivers

    30 Mar 2016 Phytobenthos, the plants that live on or near the bottom of rivers and lakes, are among the biological quality elements indicated by the Water Framework Directive as biological monitors of the ecological status of rivers and lakes. A recently ...

    30 March 2016

  11. Certified reference materials for sewage sludges, sediments and soils

    This fact sheet summarises the CRMs for sewage sludges, sediments and soils from the JRC-IRMM jrc101503 soils sludges sediments_april_2016.pdf LINSINGER Thomas 2016 Brochures / Leaflets Horizontal services Agriculture and food security reference material, ...

    03 May 2016

  12. Certified reference materials for metal speciation

    This leaflet summarises the CRMs for metal speciation in fish jrc101502 metal speciation_april_2016.pdf LINSINGER Thomas 2016 Brochures / Leaflets Horizontal services reference material, quality, safety, food/feed European Commission ...

    03 May 2016

  13. Certified reference materials for testing of thermal properties

    This leaflet summarises the CRMs for testing of thermal properties jrc101500 thermal properties_april_2016.pdf LINSINGER Thomas 2016 Brochures / Leaflets Horizontal services reference material, quality, safety, measurement European Commission ...

    03 May 2016

  14. Certified reference materials for veterinary drugs

    This leaflet summarises the CRMs for veterinary drugs jrc101498 veterinary_drugs_april_2016.pdf LINSINGER Thomas 2016 Brochures / Leaflets Horizontal services Agriculture and food security reference material, quality, safety European Commission ...

    03 May 2016

  15. Certified reference materials for water testing

    This leaflet summarises the CRMs available from JRC-IRMM for trace elements in estuarine and coastal water jrc101495 water_april_2016.pdf LINSINGER Thomas 2016 Evaluation reports Horizontal services reference material, quality, safety European Commission ...

    03 May 2016

  16. An interlaboratory comparison on whole water samples

    The European Water Framework Directive 2000/60/EC requires monitoring of organic priority pollutants in so called “whole water” samples, i.e. in aqueous non-filtered samples that contain natural colloidal and suspended particulate matter. Colloids and sus ...

    29 April 2016

  17. JRC Annual Report 2015

    Report on the activities, accomplishments and resources related to the JRC’s work carried out in 2015. An overview is given of the scientific achievements and activities. lbna27501enn_new.pdf BARRY Geraldine, GONZALEZ VERDESOTO Elena, WCISLO Monika, QUERO ...

    16 April 2016

  18. Plenary of the ECIBC 2015: Improving breast cancer screening, diagnosis and care in Europe

    09 Dec 2015 to 11 Dec 2015 The European Commission Initiative on Breast Cancer (ECIBC) is built upon the principles of sustainability, continuity and the transparent inclusion of experts and stakeholders to develop a project that will have an impact on br ...

    26 November 2015

  19. Greenhouse gas monitoring facilities

    The JRC's facilities for monitoring greenhouse gases (GHGs) include two installations which are becoming part of the Integrated Carbon Observation System Research Infrastructure (ICOS-RI) of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ES ...

    30 April 2014

  20. JRC air pollution observatory

    The JRC runs an air pollution research observatory, contributing to the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe's European Monitoring and Evaluation Programme (UNECE-EMEP). The JRC data allow us to benchmark the impacts of emission reduction po ...

    10 March 2016

  21. European Reference Laboratory for Air Pollution (ERLAP)

    ERLAP The need to refer to an independent laboratory on questions of air pollution monitoring led to the creation of the European Reference Laboratory for Air Pollution (ERLAP) of the JRC in 1994. ERLAP contributes to the correct development and implement ...

    19 May 2015

  22. Putting Science into Standards: Evidence-based quality assurance – an example for breast cancer

    20 Oct 2015 to 21 Oct 2015 The JRC together with the European Association of Research and Technology Organisations (EARTO), the European Committee for Standardization (CEN), the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC), and the Di ...

    26 November 2015

  23. Reducing burden of disease from residential indoor air exposures in Europe (HEALTHVENT project)

    Background: The annual burden of disease caused indoor air pollution, including polluted outdoor air used to ventilate indoor spaces, is estimated to correspond to a loss of over 2 million healthy life years in the European Union (EU). Based on measuremen ...

    01 April 2016

  24. European Quality Assurance Scheme for breast cancer services- kick-off meeting

    09 Sep 2015 to 11 Sep 2015 The JRC coordinates the European Commission Initiative on Breast Cancer (ECIBC) that foresees the development of a voluntary European Quality Assurance Scheme for breast cancer services based, whenever possible, on evidence (obt ...

    20 October 2015

  25. European guidelines for breast cancer screening and diagnosis- kick-off meeting

    07 Sep 2015 to 09 Sep 2015 The JRC coordinates the European Commission Initiative on Breast Cancer (ECIBC) that foresees the development of a voluntary European Quality Assurance Scheme for breast cancer services based, whenever possible, on evidence (obt ...

    05 October 2015