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©EU, 2017
Oct 16 2017

In 2016 the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has published ISO 17034:2016 on the general requirements for the competence of reference material producers (RMPs), superseding ISO Guide 34:2009. The major changes were now summarised in a scientific publication, written by JRC colleagues and ISO representatives.

The need for an International Standard arose as several accreditation bodies could not accredit to a guide, at all, while in other countries ISO Guide 34 could only serve as accreditation standard in combination with ISO/IEC 17025.

Eutrophication is caused by high nutrient concentrations that stimulate algal blooms of algae, which can deprive aquatic ecosystems of much needed oxygen
©Fotolia, Author: Alexey Stiop
Oct 13 2017

Eutrophication and its detrimental effects on coastal ecosystems is one of the biggest issues in many regions of the world. Human activities and climatic change are the most important drivers of eutrophication, leading to harmful algal blooms and the proliferation of hypoxic conditions in many coastal ecosystems.

Meeting of the EU Network of Laboratories for the Validation of Alternative Methods (EU-NETVAL) 10-11th October 2017 Meeting of the EU Network of Laboratories for the Validation of Alternative Methods (EU-NETVAL) 10-11th October 2017
©EU, 2017
Oct 13 2017

EU-NETVAL is a large network of highly qualified test facilities across Europe, coordinated by the Joint Research Centre to support the in vitro method validation process.

HUMAINT project
Oct 10 2017

The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is very happy to announce a novel research initiative on the topic of machine learning and human behaviour.

The JRC Centre for Advanced Studies (JRC-CAS) was established to enhance the JRC’s capabilities to meet emerging challenges at the science-policy interface.

Samples used for the intercomparison on dry ice
©EU, 2017
Oct 12 2017

The JRC,  together with  scientists from Dutch, German and Danish organisations, organised an interlaboratory study to investigate the readiness of single-particle ICP-MS for the determination of the median diameter of silver nanoparticles in food. The study revealed that significant improvements are needed before the method can be reliably used for official control purposes.

NOS helps model the extent to which the nodes of ecological networks tend to overlap or segregate
©Strona and Veech, 2017
Oct 06 2017

A new, free software suite for the analysis of ecological networks has been released.

The MEKROU project (2014-17) promotes the sustainable management of water resources throughout the Mékrou basin.
©Marco Schmidt/Wikimedia
Oct 05 2017

A scientific-technical workshop organised by the JRC and the AGRHYMET Regional Centre was held in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) from 19-23 September 2017 with the technical services of the national ministries (Agriculture and Hydrology) and meteorological services of Burkina Faso, Benin and Niger - the three countries involved in the MEKROU project.

Oct 04 2017

Machine readable travel documents issued by various Member states to citizens (like ID cards, passports or European driving licenses) must protect the authenticity, originality, and confidentiality of the data stored on the radio frequency chip embedded in the travel document (MRTD chip).

While the implementation of Passive Authentication is mandatory, Active Authentication, Chip Authentication and Chip Access Control are optional. These documents must be also properly readable at the border control check points.

Human iPSC-derived neuronal cells (stained for β-III-Tubulin) after 21 days of differentiation Human iPSC-derived neuronal cells (stained for β-III-Tubulin) after 21 days of differentiation
©EU, 2017
Oct 17 2017

JRC scientists have shown that human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived neurons are suitable non-animal models for testing neurotoxicity during brain development. The study revealed that long term exposure to the pesticide rotenone induces oxidative stress and can trigger neuronal cell death.

Expert workshop to capture inflammatory processes within the Adverse Outcome Pathway framework Expert workshop to capture inflammatory processes within the Adverse Outcome Pathway framework
©EU, 2017
Oct 03 2017

The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) in Ispra hosted a two day workshop on 27-28th September 2017 to address how the complex and dynamic processes of inflammation could be integrated within the context of the Adverse Outcome Pathway (AOP) framework. This will contribute to the ongoing work to accelerate progress in the development of non-animal test methods.

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