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  1. Food contact materials

    What are food contact materials? Food contact materials comprise all materials and articles that come or are intended to come in contact with food, e.g. food packaging materials, kitchen utensils, tableware and food processing equipment. They can be made ...

    10 November 2014

  2. Consumer products

    Consumers are in daily contact with a variety of products such as cosmetics, kitchenware or textiles. The safety of these is of primary concern for producers and legislators. The European Commission aims at the highest possible level of consumer protectio ...

    30 April 2014

  3. Determination of brominated flame retardants: a proficiency test

    JRC conference contribution presenting the results of a proficiency test for the determination of total bromine and several polybrominated biphenyls and diphenyl ethers (PBB and PBDE) in plastic. This manuscript presents the results of a proficiency test ...

    30 April 2014

  4. IMEP-34: Heavy Metals in Toys according to EN 71-3:1994

    JRC Scientific and Technical Research Report presenting the results of an  interlaboratory comparison (ILC) which focussed on the determination of soluble antimony (Sb), arsenic (As), barium (Ba), cadmium (Cd), chromium (Cr), lead (Pb), mercury (Hg), and ...

    30 April 2014

  5. Chapter 3: Analytical Quality Assurance

    A JRC authored book chapter providing an overview which covers basic aspects relevant to quality with a special focus on analytical quality in the field of food analysis. Thousands of analytical measurements are performed every day in food laboratories al ...

    30 April 2014

  6. Introduction: New Media Technologies and User Empowerment. Is there a Happy Ending?

    This article is the introduction of an edited book on New Media Technologies and Empowerment. It introduces the book and its contents and also draws upon IPTS work on the socio-economic impact of social computing to make the case that altough neither empo ...

    30 April 2014

  7. Impact of Engineered Nanomaterials on Health: Considerations for Benefit-Risk Assessment- EASAC Policy Report- JRC Reference Report

    Nanotechnology encompasses the design, characterisation, production and application of materials and systems by controlling shape and size at the nanoscale (nanometres). Nanomaterials may differ from other materials because of their relatively large speci ...

    30 April 2014

  8. Nanotechnology in manufacturing paints for eco-efficient buildings

    The addition of a photocatalyst provides decontamination properties to a paint. It is able of continuously oxidizing both organic and inorganic pollutants and microorganisms under the influence of light. Photocatalytic paints are useful in a wide range of ...

    30 April 2014

  9. Cardiovascular effects of the combined exposure to noise and outdoor air pollution: a review

    The combination of noise with other environmental stressors, particularly traffic-related air pollution, has been of growing interest in recent years. Cardiovascular effects are among the most evidence-based physical health outcomes. Moreover, the Europea ...

    30 April 2014

  10. Report on the collaborative trial organised by the JRC on the determination of PVC and phthalates in textile products

    On behalf of CEN/TC 248/WG 26 and ISO/TC 38/WG 22, the European Commission?s Joint Research Center (JRC) organised a collaborative study on the determination of PVC and phthalates in textiles products. The purpose of the study was the comparison and valid ...

    30 April 2014

  11. IMEP-35: Determination of Total Lead in Lipsticks (Interlaboratory Comparison Report)

    The Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM) of the Joint Research Centre (JRC), a Directorate-General of the European Commission, operates the International Measurement Evaluation Programme (IMEP). It organises interlaboratory comparison ...

    30 April 2014

  12. Countering obesity by combining behavioural insights and novel ICT tools: a workshop report

    The levels of adult and childhood obesity in Europe provide grounds for concern. The problem is persistent and needs particular targeting due to the consequences on public health. In seeking novel approaches to tackle the obesity issue, the Institute for ...

    30 April 2014

  13. Final Report of the ENNAH (European Network on Noise and Health) project

    The ENNAH project (The European Network on Noise and Health) was funded by the European Union?s 7th Framework Program (FP7?ENV?2008?1, project no.226442) to establish a research network of experts on noise and health in Europe. The network brought togethe ...

    30 April 2014

  14. Release of bisphenol A from polycarbonate- a review

    The release of BPA from polycarbonate baby bottles into food and food simulants is reviewed in the perspective of the current intensive discussions on the risks of this substance. Potential factors that have been reported to influence the release of BPA a ...

    30 April 2014

  15. Fibre Labelling. Polytrimethylene terephthalate- PTT- DuPont. Intermediate Report

    In November 2011, the European Commission?s Joint Research Centre (JRC) was entrusted by DG Enterprise to verify the validity and applicability of the testing methods, proposed by DuPont, for the identification and quantification of their new fibre polytr ...

    30 April 2014

  16. Key scientific issues relevant to the identification and characterisation of endocrine disrupting substances- Report of the Endocrine Disrupters Expert Advisory Group

    The European Commission, under Directorate-General for Environment (DG ENV) as file leader of the Community Strategy on Endocrine Disrupters, In 2010, DG ENV created an ad hoc group of Commission Services and Member States on the EU Community Strategy on ...

    30 April 2014

  17. Report of the interlaboratory comparison organised by the European Reference Laboratory for Food Contact Materials: ILC02 2012- Primary Aromatic Amines in 3% acetic acid migration solution

    This report presents the results of the ILC of the EURL-FCM, which focused on the quantification of Primary Aromatic Amines (PAAs) in migration solutions of 3% acetic acid from food contact materials. In particular the exercise was focused on the determin ...

    14 May 2014

  18. Report of the interlaboratory comparison organised by the European Reference Laboratory for Food Contact Materials: ILC01 2012- Formaldehyde and Melamine in 3% acetic acid migration solution

    Abstract This report presents the results of the Inter-laboratory comparison (ILC) organised by the EURL-FCM, Ispra (Italy), which focused on the quantification of formaldehyde and melamine in migration solutions of 3% acetic acid from food contact materi ...

    30 April 2014

  19. Control of wine vinegar authenticity through?18O analysis

    Production of wine vinegar by fermenting dried grapes and rehydrating with tap water is not allowed by European Regulations. In this study we proved experimentally that?18O analysis of beverage water, officially used to detect the watering of wine and reh ...

    30 April 2014

  20. Selection of test methods to be included in a testing strategy to predict acute oral toxicity: An approach based on statistical analysis of data collected in phase 1 of the ACuteTox project

    More than 50 different in vitro and in silico methods assessing specific organ- and system-toxicity, such as haemato-, neuro-, nephro- and hepatotoxic ity, as well as intestinal absorption, distribution and metabolism, have been used in the firstphase of ...

    30 April 2014

  21. Clearing the pollution indoors

    Indoor air pollution has been considered an emerging environmental health issue. In the last decades substantial work has been carried out to identify and quantify the main indoor air contaminants, to evaluate human exposure and to assess the risk for hum ...

    30 April 2014

  22. Assessing herbal products with health claims

    The botanical world is a gold mine. Herbs, herbal extracts or phytochemicals are broadly used as foods, drugs and as traditional medicines. Many herbal-derived products have health-promoting effects and are therefore marketed as such. However, there are c ...

    30 April 2014

  23. Final conference FP7 RTD project FACET (Flavours, Additives and food Contact materials Exposure Tool)- 26th October 2012- Brussels, Belgium

    The FP7 RTD project FACET (Flavours, Additives and food Contact materials Exposure Tool) project is now completed. Its achievement are presented to its stakeholders. The event is taking place on Friday 26th October in Brussels. The concept behind this pro ...

    30 April 2014

  24. Enlargement and Integration workshop: "EU legislation and testing for the chemical safety of food contact material"

    In the framework of the "Enlargement and Integration initiative", the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) organised a training workshop in the focus of covering the latest EU Directives and legislative requirements for food contact m ...

    30 April 2014

  25. Air pollutants in office environments and emissions from electronic equipment: a review

    The aim of this review is to evaluate the existing knowledge on the presence of indoor air contaminants in office buildings. The most commonly found chemicals are aromatic compounds (BTEX), linear and cyclic alkanes (hexane, nonane, methyl-cyclohexane, te ...

    30 April 2014