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  1. Launch of new Web Hub for European Commission Initiative on Breast Cancer

    04 Dec 2015 The European Commission Initiative on Breast Cancer (ECIBC) will ensure and harmonise the quality of breast cancer services across European countries. It will apply scientific evidence for guidelines on care provision and support the implement ...

    04 December 2015

  2. Food Contact Materials: Working together for safety and innovation in Europe

    30 Sep 2015 The Ministry of Health in Luxembourg is organising a Food Contact Materials conference on the 30 th September in Luxembourg-City as part of its Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The conference is bringing together different repr ...

    06 August 2015

  3. 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

  4. Human exposure

    A person is exposed to many environmental factors within his/her local environment: chemical emissions from consumer products (particles, air pollutants), environmental noise, molds etc.. These chemical, physical, and biological factors play an important ...

    01 September 2015

  5. Bioinformatics

    Developing and running software tools and methods able to organise, store, retrieve and analyse large volumes of biological data is what Bioinformatics is all about. At the JRC, we apply Bioinformatics to genetic data, i.e. to DNA sequences, for the detec ...

    14 November 2014

  6. 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 ...

    01 September 2015

  7. Nutrition

    Eating habits can go a long way towards ensuring good health. Low consumption of fruits, vegetables or fibre, and excess intakes of salt, sugars, and trans and saturated fats are among the top contributors to death and disability caused by non-communicabl ...

    02 September 2015

  8. Alternatives to animal testing and safety assessment of chemicals

    Chemical safety assessment has traditionally been based on animal testing but the EU has been promoting for many years the replacement, reduction, and refinement of animal testing. Further it is also considered that traditional risk assessment approaches ...

    30 April 2014

  9. 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

  10. Nanotechnology

    Nanotechnology is a key enabling technology and has great potential for addressing societal challenges including energy supply and health care. Nonetheless, the use of nanomaterials also raises safety concerns, which need to be addressed in a Europe-wide ...

    14 January 2016

  11. GMOs

    The number of genetically modified crops and the area cultivated with them are steadily increasing worldwide. In the EU, only one GM maize is currently cultivated but many other GMO crops are authorised for food and feed use. However, products derived fro ...

    30 April 2014

  12. Food and feed safety

    Food needs to be nutritious, fresh and above all safe. Consumers should be able to have trust in the products they buy. Recent "food crises" such as dioxins in food and feed, mad cow disease, melamine in milk products, plasticisers in sprot drin ...

    30 April 2014

  13. Public health

    Maintaining the highest possible level of public health protection, especially for an ageing population, is a key challenge for Europe in the changing global socio-economic landscape. Effective public health policies need to address a wide variety of comp ...

    02 September 2015

  14. From nuclear research to surgery technology

    02 Oct 2015 A JRC invention initially stemming from its research in the nuclear sector will soon be used by hospitals for minimally-invasive robotic surgery. TELELAP ALF-X is an advanced multi-port robotic system that will empower surgeons with new techno ...

    02 October 2015

  15. JRC Annual Report 2015 published

    15 Apr 2016 The JRC has published its annual report, presenting an overview of the work carried out in 2015 structured around the European Commission's political priorities. The report provides the annual facts and figures, reports on the most signif ...

    15 April 2016

  16. How to define read-across and 42 other terms in nanomaterials safety?

    19 Apr 2016 Nanoform, Read-across, Weight of Evidence…what do they mean in the nanomaterials safety context? How many definitions of those terms are available? Consistent use of terminology is important in any field of science and technology to ensure com ...

    19 April 2016

  17. Maive Rute appointed Deputy Director General of JRC

    12 Apr 2016 On 12 April, the European Commission appointed Ms Maive Rute as Deputy Director-General of the European Commission's science and knowledge service, the Joint Research Centre (JRC). Ms Rute, an Estonian, takes up her post on 16 April. She ...

    12 April 2016

  18. 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

  19. Information Platform for Chemical Monitoring

    IPCHEM IPCHEM IPCheM, the Information Platform for Chemical Monitoring, is a single point of access for discovering, accessing and retrieving chemical monitoring data collections that are managed by and available to European Commission bodies, Member Stat ...

    15 February 2016

  20. Fostering the detection of "legal highs"

    22 Mar 2016 "Legal highs" are new psychoactive substances (NPS) with similar- and sometimes stronger- effects than illicit drugs such as cannabis, heroin and cocaine. They can be cheaply and easily produced and they have recently gained populari ...

    23 March 2016

  21. The European Nanomedicine Characterisation Laboratory launches first call for innovative nanomedicines in cancer therapy

    17 Mar 2016 The use of nanotechnology in healthcare promises new diagnostic opportunities and innovative therapeutic concepts that may help to tackle major medical challenges such as cancer, neurodegenerative diseases and antimicrobial resistance.   Howev ...

    17 March 2016

  22. EU-NETVAL welcomes new member facilities

    17 Mar 2016 The European Union Network of Laboratories for the Validation of Alternative Methods (EU-NETVAL) was set up by EU Reference Laboratory for Alternatives to Animal Testing (EURL ECVAM) in response to the provision of Directive 2010/63/EU on the ...

    17 March 2016

  23. JRC Data Catalogue – making open science a reality

    14 Mar 2016 Research data produced by the JRC or in cooperation with other partners is now publicly available, in support of the European Commission’s strategy on Open Science for improved circulation of knowledge and thus innovation for generating growth ...

    14 March 2016

  24. JRC’s Work Programme for 2016-2017 adopted

    26 Feb 2016 The European Commission has adopted the JRC’s Work Programme for 2016-2017, running under Horizon 2020, the current EU Framework Programme for funding research and innovation up to 2020. The key orientations of the JRC work programme reflect t ...

    26 February 2016

  25. JRC scientists combine the use of in vitro systems and post-genomics techniques to study the effects of nanomaterials

    17 Feb 2016 Researchers from JRC have recently developed a multi-omics approach for the assessment of potential human health risks of nanomaterials used e.g. in consumer products or for medical applications. The methodology was applied to study the effect ...

    17 February 2016