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Our Activities

European consumer’s concerns and demands are the primary focus for our Institute. We provide support for policies related to health and consumer protection. We work on science for a healthier life.

The Institute for Health and Consumer Protection (IHCP), located in Ispra, Italy, is one of the seven scientific institutes of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC). 

    The IHCP currently serves the five Policy Support Areas listed below: click on each one to find more detailed information.

      

     


     

    For each Area, you'll also find links to related 'Topic' pages, describing activities in specific domains: for instance, for 'Consumer Products and Nutrition', you'll find Topic pages on 'Cosmetics Safety' and 'Authenticity & Quality of Food & Drinks'. Browse all the content in the graphic dynamic map of the site. 


    The work carried out in the Institute

    The IHCP currently serves its customers, mainly specific Directorates-General of the European Commission, on issues requiring scientific analysis or operational support within the framework of EU legislation on chemicals, food and consumer products. Its mission is in line with the overall JRC mission to provide customer-driven scientific and technical support for the conception, development, implementation and monitoring of EU policies.

    The Institute’s main research lines are associated with:

    • Integrated risk and benefit assessments of chemical substances, including nanomaterials, and of nutritional aspects
    • Fit-for-purpose analytical tools for the prevention of fraud and to help ensure the safety of food and consumer products including detection of genetically modified organisms
    • Optimisation and validation of methods which reduce the reliance on animal tests in the safety assessment of chemical substances.

     

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