The Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM) is one of the seven institutes of the Joint Research Centre (JRC), a Directorate-General of the European Commission (EC).
The mission of the institute is to support industrial competitiveness, quality of life, safety and security in the EU by developing advanced measurement standards and providing state-of-the-art scientific advice concerning measurements and standards for EU policies.
Our prime objective is to build confidence in the comparability of measurements by the production and dissemination of internationally accepted quality assurance tools, including validated methods, reference materials, reference measurements, interlaboratory comparisons and training.
- Scientific workshop on olive oil authentication (Madrid, 10-11 June 2013)June 13, 2013
The scientific workshop on olive oil authentication, jointly organised by the European Commission's Directorate-General for Agriculture and the Joint Research Centre, Institute of Reference Materials and Measurements (Geel, Belgium) together with the International Olive Council, took place in Madrid on Monday 10th and Tuesday 11th June.
- Delegates of the Japanese Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) visit the JRC – IRMMJune 03, 2013
JAEA delegates visited the nuclear facilities of the JRC-IRMM as part of the cooperation agreement between JAEA and EURATOM in the field of nuclear safeguards.
- New guideline for the validation of screening methods to be used by official food controlMay 29, 2013
The JRC, in collaboration with other European scientists, has developed a new protocol for the validation of methods by collaborative trial or single-laboratory validation. This leads to fit-for-purpose analytical methods to be used by official food and feed control.
- Feed Safety: multi-analyte method for determination of antibiotics in feedMay 14, 2013
JRC has developed and validated a rapid and efficient method for the detection and the quantification of 48 antibiotics in feed. The method is based on emerging technology and is an efficient tool for the compulsory monitoring of undesirable substances in the feed and food chain.
- New DNA method detecting fish species: a tool for the feed industry and a step forward to better diagnostics on food allergiesMay 13, 2013
The JRC has developed two complementary real-time Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) methods, based on the use of a nuclear gene as a target, for the simultaneous detection of fish DNA from the 24 species most commonly used by the food and feed industry.
- Consumer protection: JRC produces new wine authenticity CRMMay 08, 2013
The JRC’s Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements has produced a successor certified reference material (STA-003m) allowing authenticity testing of wines.
- Open Day 2013 at JRC's Ispra site breaks previous record numbersMay 07, 2013
On Saturday, 4 May 2013, over 10.300 visitors followed the invitation to spend a day dedicated to science exploration and discovered how the European Commission's in-house science service helps to promote growth, jobs and innovation, a healthy and safe environment, consumer protection and secure energy supplies.
- Nuclear safety: artificial diamonds for accurate radioactive waste assessmentMay 07, 2013
JRC scientists lead collaboration to build an ultra-fast fission trigger for highly efficient and accurate fission yield measurements relevant for the precise assessment of spent fuel inventory of reactors and of radioactive waste.
- Meat quality: JRC launches call for laboratories to validate method measuring boar taintMay 06, 2013
New trial on boar taint marker substances seeks collaborators. JRC-IRMM has launched a call for laboratories to validate a method to measure boar taint compounds that will run over this summer / autumn 2013.
- Teaching science to future generations: the JRC in Geel welcomes secondary school pupilsMay 03, 2013
This week a group of 26 secondary school pupils from the European School in Mol immersed themselves into five different scientific experiments; acquiring a better understanding of the need for scientific measurements and getting a new perspective on possible future careers in science.