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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 ...

    29 June 2016

  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. Introduction to the web-based Fast Scenario Screening Tool (TM5-FASST)

    06 Oct 2016 to 07 Oct 2016 This is a technical workshop with hands-on training exercises, which will introduce the global air quality scenario screening tool TM5-FASST to users interested in the evaluation of global and regional pollutant emission scenari ...

    19 May 2016

  8. JRC contributes to OECD report on the Economic Consequences of Outdoor Air Pollution

    13 Jun 2016 This report, published on 9 June 2016, is part of the CIRCLE project on “Costs of Inaction and Resource scarcity: consequences for Long-term Economic growth”, which seeks to take into account the feedbacks from environmental pressures and reso ...

    13 June 2016

  9. SHERPA: a computational model for better air quality in urban areas

    02 Jun 2016 A novel modelling tool that can compare and provide data on air quality is now publicly available. The SHERPA (Screening for High Emission Reduction Potential on Air) tool calculates how changes in emissions – stemming from actions on traffic ...

    01 June 2016

  10. Air quality has improved dramatically, but there’s still work to be done

    31 May 2016 The JRC coordinated and contributed to two of the ten chapters of the 2016 Scientific Assessment Report of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), which was officially launched in Brussels today. The main findings of the rep ...

    31 May 2016

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. Trends in sensitivity analysis practice in the last decade

    The majority of published sensitivity analyses (SAs) are either local or one factor-at-a-time (OAT) analyses, relying on unjustified assumptions of model linearity and additivity. Global approaches to sensitivity analyses (GSA) which would obviate these s ...

    30 June 2016

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. On-road measurement of NH3 and N2O emissions from a Euro V heavy-duty vehicle

    The use of selective catalytic reduction systems (SCR) to abate NOx vehicular emissions brings new concerns on the emissions of the byproducts NH3 and N2O. Therefore, NH3 and N2O on-road emissions from a Euro V truck equipped with a SCR were measured in r ...

    01 June 2016

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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

  21. 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

  22. The need for a rapid and comprehensive adoption of the revised European standard population in cancer incidence comparisons

    As cancer incidence varies according to age, it is important to rule out differences in age structures in any comparison. A common way of adjusting for these differences is using direct age standardization, which applies age-specific weights from a standa ...

    14 May 2016

  23. 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

  24. Defining the roadmap towards revision of ENCR coding standards and training for cancer registries

    The European Network of Cancer Registries (ENCR) and the Joint Research Centre (JRC) jointly support harmonising the activities of the European population-based cancer registries (CR) in providing reliable and valid data on cancer. The process to supply v ...

    17 June 2016

  25. Certified reference materials for trace elements in plants

    Factsheet summarising the CRMs of JRC-IRMM for trace elements in plants jrc101525elements_in_plants_april_2016.pdf LINSINGER Thomas 2016 Brochures / Leaflets Horizontal services Agriculture and food security reference material, quality, safety European Co ...

    05 May 2016