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UPDATE December 2011· - Defra announces plans for the new Air Quality Index 

Defra and the devolved administrations will be implementing the changes to the national air quality information services from 1 January 2012. Visit the Defra website to read about the changes (external link)


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The Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants (COMEAP) announces the publication of its report " Review of the UK Air Quality Index"

Press release (PDF, 53K)

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Review of the UK Air Quality Index (PDF, 1.4MB)

Update 4 July 2011: A new version of the report has been published above, in which the quality of the graphics has been improved.

The Index is used to communicate information on short-term elevated levels of air pollution to the public, to allow potentially susceptible people - such as those with pre-existing heart or lung conditions - to take appropriate action to avoid adverse effects on their health.

This review of the Air Quality index·was requested by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). The report makes recommendations for changes to the index based on new research, developments in the regulation of air pollution and public insight research.

Published 22 June 2011

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