Scientific advice on air quality standards
Following an independent review and the release of its final report on metals and metalloids, The Expert Panel on Air Quality Standards (EPAQS) was merged with COMEAP in June 2009. A number of EPAQS members transferred to become full members of COMEAP and also to form the core of a “Standards Advisory Subgroup”.
Members were transferred on the basis of the mix of skills and experience within the existing COMEAP membership and the likely future workload of the subgroup. The terms and conditions for transferred members remains the same and the work of the standards subgroup is supported by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).
Defra , the Devolved Administrations and the Department of Health believe the merger of the two expert groups is the most efficient and sustainable way for the UK government to maintain access to independent advice on air quality standards.
The Members of CSAS are Professor S Holgate (CSAS chair), Dr G Pigott, Professor F Kelly, Dr P Cullinan, Professor H R Anderson, Professor D Derwent, Professor R Harrison, Mr J Stedman and Professor J Ayres.
Dr Kirsty Smallbone from the Universtiy of Brighton and Dr Gary Fuller from Kings College, London have been co-opted on to CSAS for the first task of the subgroup.
COMEAP published a statement on Banding of Air Quality in 1998 and since then the Air Quality Index has been in operation essentially unchanged. However, knowledge of the effects of air pollutants on health has developed rapidly in the past twelve years and the air quality situation in the UK has changed for a number of pollutants. As a result, at Defra’s request, CSAS has reviewed the UK Air Quality Index for COMEAP.
The first meeting was held on 30 September 2009. Minutes from this and subsequent meetings can be found below. Minutes from further meetings will be added soon.