Meeting papers

Papers submitted to the Committee on various subjects relating to air pollution

These papers are written by the COMEAP secretariat, COMEAP members and external organisations (for example the Environment Agency or the Department of Health).

Note: These papers DO NOT REPRESENT THE VIEWS OF THE COMMITTEE OR THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH and should not be quoted as such. In fact, the Committee’s final opinion may differ significantly from the view or hypothesis proposed in a paper. Papers can simply be intended to stimulate discussion within the committee on a specific issue. Papers are listed in chronological order. Papers from 2000 and earlier can be found in the Archive

 

2012

 

2011

 

COMEAP's Review of the UK air quality index has been published and is available on the reports page

2010

COMEAP's report: The mortality effects of long-term exposure to particulate air pollution on health in the United Kingdom has been published

and is available on the reports page

 

Download Proposal for a new way of grading evidence COMEAP/2010/03 (PDF, 887K)

 

 

Download CSAS proposals for a revised air quality index:update on progress COMEAP/2010/11 (PDF,125K)

 

 

Download CSAS revision of air quality index: proposed health advice COMEAP/2010/12 (PDF,125K)

 

Papers from 2009 and 2010 on Does outdoor air pollution cause asthma? have been finalised and are available on the asthma page

2008

October 2008

 

Download the HPA’s Handbook on Air Pollution and Health - COMEAP/2008/09 (PDF, 144K)

Download COMEAP open meetings - COMEAP/2008/16 (PDF, 29K)

 

February 2008

 

Download Miller et al (2007) : Long-term exposure to air pollution and incidence of cardiovascular events In women – possible reasons for large coefficient - COMEAP/2008/05 (PDF, 51K)

Download letter from Professor Poole-Wilson - Annex 4 to COMEAP/2008/05 (PDF, 443K)

Download Miller et al (2007): Long-term exposure to air pollution and incidence of cardiovascular events In women – simulated life-table assessment - Addendum 1 to COMEAP/2008/05 (PDF, 45K)

Download Collation of separate coefficients for men and women from the American Cancer Society study and the Six Cities study - Addendum 2 to COMEAP/2008/05 (PDF, 78K)

Download Review of COMEAP - COMEAP/2008/01 (PDF, 53K)

 

2007

February 2007

 

Download New England Journal of Medicine paper: Long-term exposure to air pollution and incidence of cardiovascular disease In women. Miller K A et al, 2007; 356 (5): 447 – 458 - COMEAP/2007/4 (PDF, 21K)

 

2006

 

Changes to PM10 and PM2.5 monitoring method -implications for epidemiological studies COMEAP/2006/06 (PDF, 429K)

 

2001-2005

2005

 

Download COMEAP/2005/02: Use of substitute fuels in cement kilns (PDF, 12K)

 

 

Download Use of substitute fuels in cement kilns - a paper by the HPA for COMEAP (PDF, 104K) 

 

2004

 

Download Annex 1: HPA position paper (13 October 2004) (PDF, 15K)

 

June 2003

Download Ozone: effects on respiratory symptoms in panel studies - key papers - COMEAP/2003/9b (PDF, 82K)

Download Ozone: effects on respiratory symptoms in panel studies - summary - COMEAP/2003/Addendum 9a (PDF, 71K)

Download UK levels of ozone - COMEAP/2003/9c (PDF, 196K)Note:The attachment to this paper is based on data on annual averages of running 8 hour average ozone values irrespective of the time of day. This is not the same metric as the annual average of daily maximum 8 hour average ozone values.

 

Download Nitrogen dioxide: future plans COMEAP/2003/13 (PDF, 60K)

 

 

February 2003

DH commissioned review by Ian S. Mudway·and Frank J. Kelly, School of Health·and Life Sciences, Kings College, London

 

Download Is there a threshold for ozone-induced pulmonary responses in healthy adults? (PDF, 312K)

Download presentation COMEAP/2003/1D incorporating changes made as a result of the Committee's comments (PDF, 819K)

November 2002

The graphs which have been listed as Figures in the following papers have not been included within the papers themselves. However full references indicating their sources have been given.

 

Download Effects on lung function in panel studies- COMEAP/2002/12A (PDF, 96K)

Download legends to figures in COMEAP/2002/12A (PDF, 10K)

Download Ozone: key papers on thresholds for ozone and lung function - COMEAP/2002/12B (PDF, 9K)

Download Ozone: further analysis of the effects on mortality and hospital admissions - COMEAP/2002/12C (PDF, 25K)

Download Ozone: further analysis of effects on mortality and hospital admissions plotting coefficients against mean ozone levels - COMEAP/2002/12C Addendum (PDF, 26K)Note:This paper contains updated data and should be read in conjunction with COMEAP/2002/12C

Download plot of the studies that gave a mean and a 10th to 90th percentile (Figure 2 - Excel spreadsheet) (XLS, 55K)

Download Ozone: further analysis of effects on mortality and hospital admissions - plotting coefficients against mean ozone levels - additional data.- COMEAP/2002/12C Addendum 2 (PDF, 7K)

Download table of the studies that gave a mean and a 10th to 90th percentile - including Klemm et al (2000) - Figure 2a (PDF, 10K)

Download plot of the studies that gave a mean and a 10th to 90th percentile - including Klemm et al (2000) - Figure 2 (Excel spreadsheet). (XLS, 56K)

 

June 2002

 

 

Download AIr Pollution and the Causation of asthma COMEAP/2002/10  (PDF, 17.5K)   This is a supporting paper prepared by the Secretariat for the statement on papers by Dr Andrea Venn and Dr Rob McConnell on Asthma in children

 

 

Download Is there a threshold for the effect of ozone on health? Is there an effect on mortality and respiratory or circulatory hospital admissions? COMEAP/2002/9a (PDF, 90K)

Download Additional information on ozone and respiratory and cardiovascular mortality - paper by Wong et al (2002) addendum to COMEAP/2002/9a (PDF, 10K)

Download Effects on health of long-term exposure to ozone COMEAP/2002/9b (PDF, 28K)

Download paper for information: Recent trends in ozone concentrations across the United Kingdom COMEAP/2002/9c (PDF, 11K)

Download figures showing percentage change in deaths associated with increase in ozone (PDF, 15K)

Download Annual air pollution research meeting in Leicester COMEAP/2002/11 (PDF, 6K)

 

 

February 2002

 

Download Is there a threshold for the effect of ozone on health? Initial assessment of effect on mortality and respiratory hospital admissions - COMEAP/2002/1 (PDF, 13K)

Download Information: Dominici et al. air pollution and daily mortality COMEAP/2002/3 (PDF, 6K)

 

November 2001

 

Download Is there a threshold for the effect of ozone on health? Discussion of possible approaches to this question. COMEAP/2001/13 (PDF, 312K) 

Institute of Environment and Health (IEH) air pollution research database (APRED)·Note:external link - not been updated since 2006

Download Discussion of paper by Professor William Keatinge - "Mortality related to cold and air pollution in London after allowance for effects of associated weather patterns" - Environ Res 2001; 86:209-216 COMEAP/2001/14 (PDF, 15K)

Download Revision of leaflet Air pollution - what it means for your health and the internet document The health effects of air pollutants - COMEAP 2001/12 (PDF, 29K)

Download Annex A 'Comments on the DETR Air Pollution Information Service - numerical index and EC alert threshold' (PDF, 17K)

Download Annex B 'COMEAP statement on banding of air quality' (PDF, 39K)

Download Annex C ' The health effects of air pollutants: advice from the Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants' (PDF, 21K)

June 2001

 

Download Carbon monoxide COMEAP/2001/9 (PDF, 36K)

Download Code of practice for scientific advisory committees COMEAP/2001/11 (PDF, 16K)

 

 

February 2001

 

Download Update on effects of air pollutants on health COMEAP/2001/3 (PDF, 390K)

Download Recruitment of members for COMEAP COMEAP/2001/4 (PDF, 388K)