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The paper gives a general description of the strategy applied by the Environment Institute of the JRC in Ispra to the harmonisation of EEC directives on air quality. Given the problems connected with the diversity of the European network, the quality assurance programmes described and implemented in cooperation with the member states demonstrate that European directives, even though they are correctly implemented, can be insufficient to guarantee the required standards of quality. Various actions must be undertaken in order to achieve these objectives. These relate to the development of new calibration procedures, instrument comparison tests (required because of rapid technological development), quality control of routine measurements and correct siting of measurement stations within the network. This action continues with the updating of directive requirements and reference methods, the exchange of information and the publication of instruction manuals, all of which are needed to achieve quality objectives and harmonisation of results.

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Authors: PAYRISSAT M, JRC Ispra (IT);DE SAEGER E, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: Metrologia Ambientale - Qualificazione e Certificazione delle Misure, Torino (IT), March 18, 1991
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper IT 36229 ORA
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