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The European Community is undertaking a variety of activities regarding indoor air quality. Research on indoor air quality has been carried out at the Commission's Joint Research Centre since 1981. Objectives are to increase the knowledge of organic pollutant concentrations in indoor spaces, develop adequate analytical techniques and study the emission of such pollutants from materials and products used indoors. COST project 613, "Indoor Air Quality and Its Impact on Man", aims at sharing, developing and disseminating scientific knowledge and preparing the basis for potential regulatory actions. Several EC regulations have already been issued regarding or including aspects of indoor air quality. Directive 89/106, on the approximation of laws related to construction materials, offers a framework for the definition of essential requirements regarding hygienic properties of these materials. Two directives are related to smoking. They prescribe the labelling of tobacco products with warning messages and limit the tar content of cigarettes. The European Parliament recently approved a Resolution on indoor air quality, demanding that the Commission present a specific directive on the subject.

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Authors: DE BORTOLI M, JRC Ispra (IT);KNOEPPEL H, JRC Ispra (IT);SEIFERT B, Bundesgesundheitsamt, Institut fuer Wasser-, Boden- und Lufthygiene, Berlin (DE)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: Indoor Air '90, Toronto (CA), July 29 - Aug. 3, 1990
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 35375 ORA
Record Number: 199010855 / Last updated on: 1994-12-01
Original language: en
Available languages: en