JRC-IRMM and KRISS sign collaboration agreement
The JRC-IRMM and the Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science (KRISS) have signed a collaboration agreement that aims to advance measurement science and foster greater confidence in the comparability of international measurements. Areas covered will range from bioanalysis (DNA measurements) and radionuclide metrology (environmental measurements), to food control and mechanical testing (e.g. toughness of steel).
Speaking at the signing ceremony, Dr. Alejandro Herrero, Director of the JRC's Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements, commented: "In the EU, an estimated €80bn is spent on measurements annually. From structural tests of building materials to patient's blood tests in our hospitals, accurate measurements are the foundation for global trade and a better quality of life. This agreement will enable European and Korean measurement scientists to coordinate their research into new and difficult areas, such as bioanalysis and food control."
Dr. Myungsoo Kim, President of KRISS, added, "Metrology has become the essential key to underpin the global agenda such as facilitation of trade, safe food, health, environment, and green growth. I am confident that enhanced collaboration between IRMM and KRISS will make a significant contribution to helping secure greater well-being for all through the provision of valuable measurement infrastructure that helps us tackle global problems."