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Food and Feed safety

  • tracking and controlling food and feed safety and quality
  • chemical pollution/contamination
  • radionuclides in food and drinking water
  • endocrine disruptors in food
  • nutraceuticals and botanicals

Health hazards

  • hazards of chemical substances to health and environmental species
  • alternative methods to animal testing
  • application of Adverse Outcome Pathways (AOP) approaches in safety assessment
  • Health/benefit assessment of nanomaterials
  • occupational health hazards
  • radiation protection

Consumer protection and choice

  • consumer engagement
  • effective and intelligent consumer information

Related news

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Towards more reliable measurements of pesticides in wheat

Pesticides residues in food must be safe for consumers and as low as possible, and therefore EU laws set Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) for each pesticide in each food product. The JRC releases a new Certified Reference Material for pesticides in wheat.

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JRC supporting alternatives to animal testing

The JRC’s status report of the EU Reference Laboratory for alternatives to animal testing (EURL ECVAM), published today, describes JRC’s contributions to several of the actions set out in the Commission’s response to the Parliament in February 2022.

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MARS Bulletin January 2022

According to the January 2022 issue of the JRC MARS Bulletin - Crop monitoring in Europe, which was published today, winter crops in most parts of...

Scientific tools

EURL ECVAM Search Guide

The EURL ECVAM Search Guide provides search principles and procedures, suggested search terms and user guidance together with an inventory of...

Global Human Settlement Layer Scientific Tool

The Global Human Settlement Layer (GHSL) project aims to produce and analyse global built-up surface, population density and human settlement thematic maps to understand human presence on Planet Earth.

JRC Nanomaterials Repository

The JRC hosts a repository of representative industrial nanomaterials (NM) including nanomaterials studied in the OECD testing programme and large...

JRC QSAR Model Database

The JRC QSAR Model Database is a database of quantitative/qualitative structure activity relationship models (QSARs) typically used for predicting...

Activities on this topic

The JRC carries out research aimed at preventing and mitigating industrial accidents and technological accidents due to natural disasters, as well as...

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...

The JRC monitors the state and health of the environment by addressing a range of aspects including monitoring the state of biodiversity and ecosystem...

The Global Health Security Initiative is an international partnership of the G7 countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom...

Global safety and security research at the JRC provides support to EU policies addressing global security and crisis management. Itincludes...

Our work focusses on many aspects of quality including quality assurance and assessment, certification, benchmarking, management and clinical auditing...

JRC research on nanotechnology contributes to the reduction of uncertainties about the potential impact of nanomaterials on health and the environment...

Radiation occurs naturally in the environment and in order to monitor this activity, the JRC collects and validates environmental radioactivity data...

Nuclear safeguards and security measures aim to stop the proliferation of nuclear arms and illicit trafficking of nuclear and radiological materials...

The JRC works closely with other European Commission services, relevant national organisations, and the World Health Organisation (WHO) to maintain a...

For the implementation of the European legislation that regulates the authorisation and the labelling of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), the...