WHO Regional Offices
EURO - AIQ
Regional Office for Europe : Air Quality and Health (AIQ)
The programme develops the methods of quantification of health impacts of air pollution, reviews scientific information and other data sources providing inputs to risk assessment, and promotes national and local application of the HIA methodology.
Guidelines and other guidance documents produced
- WHO Air Quality Guidelines for Europe, 2 nd edition
Health aspects of air pollution with particulate matter, ozone and nitrogen dioxide
Evaluation and use of epidemiological evidence for environmental health risk assessment
Quantification of health effects of exposure to air pollution
Monitoring ambient air quality for health impact assessment - English version
Monitoring ambient air quality for health impact assessment - Russian version
Methods and tools developed or adapted
AirQ – Health Impact Assessment Tool – a software tool calculating number of cases of selected health outcomes attributable to air pollution exposure in a given population. Version 1.2 available since 2001, version 2.0 (including calculation of life years lost) to be available in July 2003.
Capacity building carried out
Review of epidemiological methods improving health impact assessment of air pollution:
Completed HIAs, pilots, case studies, collaborations.
- Collaboration within the APHEIS project (Air pollution and health: a European information system), including quantification of health impact assessment of air pollution in 26 European cities
- Participation if the AIRNET Health Impact Assessment WG
- Participation in WHO Comparative Risk Assessment project, chapter “Urban air pollution”