Joint Research Centre - European Commission
The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) is a department (Directorate-General, DG) of the European Commission providing independent scientific and technological support for EU policymaking. It works closely on the development of EU legislation with the relevant Commission services, such as the Agricultural, Enterprise, Environment, and Health and Consumer Protection DGs.
The JRC also liaises with non-EU and global scientific and standard-setting bodies. The JRC is composed of seven scientific institutes amongst which the Institute for Health and Consumer Protection (IHCP), located in Ispra, in the North of Italy, is actively involved in research into nanomaterials safety, identification and detection. JRC scientists support the development and implementation of EU policy for nanomaterials safety assessment. They provide advice on the nanomaterial definition, methodologies and guidance for nanomaterials in REACH (e.g. via the REACH Implementation Projects on Nanomaterials and the NanoSupport Project) and other EU legislation (such as cosmetics, food and feed). In this project the principle participants from the IHCP will be from the NanoBioSciences (NBS) Unit which has a multidisciplinary staff of around 40-50 active in research towards of the safety assessment of nanomaterials, the study of the interaction of nanomaterials with biological systems and the physico-chemical characterisation of nanomaterials.