Inauguration of the Reference Materials Building

December 10, 2010

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LCGC Europe eNews-12-10-2010, Volume 0, Issue 0

A new scientific facility to develop measurement standards in areas including life science has been inaugurated at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre in Geel, Belgium.

A new scientific facility to develop measurement standards in areas including life science has been inaugurated at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) in Geel, Belgium.

The facility cost €11million and will be used to develop and produce reference materials to provide laboratories around the world with a benchmark to deliver accurate, harmonized and traceable results and help implement legislation through accurate and reliable testing, also in emerging areas such as molecular biosciences and personalised medicine.

The building features a large and flexible production hall that brings together processing and measurement equipment. The building also houses laboratories for the analysis of heavy metals and proteins and a special laboratory for the safe handling of biomaterials.

According to the team behind it, this new building will provide Europe with a unique facility for the development and production of reference materials, bridging the gap between laboratory and industrial scale.

More information about the centre is available at irmm.jrc.ec.europa.eu

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