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  1. Reference materials for nanotechnologies

    Nanotechnologies make use of the properties of nanomaterials. Characterising the properties of nanomaterials, and their structure at the nanoscale (1 nm to 100 nm), requires advanced measurement methods. These methods are often complex or new. Certified r ...

    02 September 2015

  2. Reference materials for clinical analysis

    The measurement of biomarkers, mainly in blood, is performed in many thousands of hospital laboratories.  The results are used to monitor health status, screen for disease, support diagnosis, and monitor the effect of therapies for diseases. However, meas ...

    02 September 2015

  3. Certified reference materials

    Better healthcare, safer food and a cleaner environment are just some of the ways in which accurate and reliable measurement results enhance our quality of life. The competitiveness of the European economy and the smooth functioning of international trade ...

    30 April 2014

  4. Reference materials for nuclear safeguards, safety and security

    Nuclear safety, security and non-proliferation are absolute priorities for the EU, supporting the international initiative on a holistic Safety, Security and Safeguards (“3S”) concept for nuclear energy. The European Commission as guardian of the Treaties ...

    02 September 2015

  5. Reference materials for microbiology and pathogens

    The regular occurrence of food borne pathogen related outbreaks in the EU, the ongoing struggle with pathogens in health care and public health as well as the security threat related to the potential misuse of pathogens emphasise the need for an adequate ...

    02 September 2015

  6. Reference materials for materials science

    Maintaining and enhancing competitiveness of European companies is a prerequisite for increasing the level of employment in the European Union and to ensure sustained wealth of its citizens. The Europe 2020 strategy recognises this need and proposes measu ...

    02 September 2015

  7. Reference materials for GMO analysis

    The use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) as food/feed needs to be authorised in Europe. Food/feed products containing more than 0.9% of GMOs have to be labelled (Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003) This labelling threshold applies for adventiously added ...

    02 September 2015

  8. Reference materials for environmental analysis

    The protection of the environment is amongst the highest priorities worldwide. The identification of environmental pollution is based on monitoring campaigns that periodically assess the quality of our water, soil and air. The reliability and comparabilit ...

    02 September 2015

  9. Reference materials for fuel analysis

    Fuel quality is an important energy issue for industry as well as for citizens. When using fuels in car engines or domestic heating systems consumers need to be sure that the fuel does not cause any malfunction or damage to their equipment. Similarly, con ...

    02 September 2015

  10. Reference materials for food analysis

    The certified reference materials distributed by the JRC give measurement laboratories a means to validate analytical methods and to assess the accuracy of their measurement results. Over the years, the JRC has developed a broad variety of food related re ...

    02 September 2015

  11. Use of reference materials and the estimation of measurement uncertainty

    12 Oct 2016 to 13 Oct 2016 This course provides participants with the theoretical basis for the estimation of measurement uncertainty and establishment of traceability. Measurement uncertainty and traceability are essential for the evaluation of measureme ...

    18 May 2016

  12. New certified reference materials to detect bacterial enterotoxin A in cheese

    03 Jun 2016 The JRC has developed and released the first certified reference materials (CRMs) for testing whether a naturally-occurring toxin, enterotoxin A (SEA), is present in cheese. The new CRMs will improve the reliability of measuring SEA in cheese ...

    03 June 2016

  13. From concept to reality: novel surface water reference materials used in two laboratory intercomparisons

    27 May 2016 Scientists from 11 research organisations – including the JRC-  have demonstrated the quality and applicability of whole water reference materials for the determination of organic contaminants in natural waters. This work is supporting the imp ...

    27 May 2016

  14. CERTIFICATION REPORT The certification of the mass fractions of hexachlorobenzene (HCB) and hexachlorobutadiene (HCBD) in fish tissue: ERM®-CE100

    This report describes the production of ERM®-CE100, a fish (biota) material certified for the mass fractions of hexachlorobenzene and hexachlorobutadiene. This material was produced following ISO Guide 34:2009 [] and is certified in accordance to ISO Guid ...

    29 June 2016

  15. CERTIFICATION REPORT: The certification of the concentration of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) in surface water: ERM®-CA100

    This report describes the production of ERM®-CA100, a surface water material certified for the concentrations of naphthalene, anthracene, fluoranthene, benzo[b]fluoranthene, benzo[k]fluoranthene, benzo[a]pyrene and indeno[1,2,3-cd]pyrene. The material was ...

    27 June 2016

  16. Combatting diabetes: World Health Day 2016

    07 Apr 2016 The focus of World Health Day on April 7 is diabetes, a disease which affects about 32 million people in the EU. The JRC supports the efforts to combat diabetes through its nutrition and health related activities, with special focus on childre ...

    07 April 2016

  17. Selected publications on reference and measurement

    General leaflet/brochure Are your results reliable? (CRMs) Measurements matter in our daily life     MATERIALS RELATED TO CLINICAL CHEMISTRY Certified reference materials for clinical applications Certified reference materials for veterinary drugs ERM®-AD ...

    03 May 2016

  18. CERTIFICATION REPORT The certification of the cold filter plugging point (CFPP) and the cloud point (CP) in biodiesel from rapeseed: ERM®-EF002

    This report describes the production of ERM-EF002, which is a 100 % rapeseed oil based fatty acid methyl ester (biodiesel) material certified for cold filter plugging point (CFPP) and cloud point (CP). The material was produced following ISO Guide 34:2009 ...

    11 June 2016

  19. New reference materials for reliable diabetes testing

    25 Mar 2016 JRC scientists have developed and certified a new set of calibrants for the standardisation of measurements of glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c), a marker for the monitoring of diabetes in blood. Medical doctors use HbA1c values not only as an indi ...

    25 March 2016

  20. 60Co in Cast Steel Matrix: a European Interlaboratory Comparison for the Characterisation of New Activity Standards for Calibration of Gamma-ray Spectrometers in Metallurgy

    Two series of activity standards of 60Co in cast steel matrix, developed for the calibration of gamma-ray spectrometry systems in the metallurgical sector, were characterised using a European interlaboratory comparison between twelve National Metrology In ...

    01 June 2016

  21. Preparation and evaluation of sufficiently homogeneous and stable reference materials for priority hazardous substances in whole water

    We have prepared and evaluated three whole water test materials containing eight polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), six polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) and tributyltin (TBT) with respect to homogeneity and short-term stability. The test mater ...

    29 May 2016

  22. Analytical laboratories

    The laboratories at IRMM have high-performance instrumentation to match a wide range of analytical measurements. For example, the laboratories for food analysis and reference materials characterisation employ a full range of spectrometric, chromatographic ...

    07 May 2014

  23. Eliminating ambiguity in testing for vasculitis, a severe autoimmune disease

    23 Feb 2016 In collaboration with the IFCC Working Group on the Harmonisation of Autoimmune Testing, the JRC has designed and executed a study to assess the benefits and limitations of standardising in vitro diagnostics for the detection of immunoglobulin ...

    23 February 2016

  24. The curious incident of chemical (in)stability of a CRM used for testing aldehydes and ketones

    19 Feb 2016 JRC Scientists investigated an apparent violation of the well-established rule that chemical reactions proceed faster at a higher temperature (Arrhenius' law). This investigation was triggered by observations during the regular stability ...

    19 February 2016

  25. Evaluation of the Laboratory Comparison Exercise for NO, NO2, SO2, CO and O3 4th – 9th of October 2015, Langen (D)

    From the 4th to the 9th of October 2015 seven Laboratories of the World Health Organization (WHO) European-Region met for another joint JRC-ERLAP/WHO inter-laboratory comparison exercise (IE). They met at the National Air Quality Reference laboratory at t ...

    25 May 2016