• Air Quality 1

    The quality of the air we breathe directly impacts our health and symptoms

  • Air Quality 2

    Pollen concentrations should be monitored and communicated before peak levels

IndoorAirQualityBreathing is a prerequisite to life: we need to breathe from the moment we are born until the moment we die. Every day an adult breathes 15 cubic meter of air, to the point that more air enters our body and blood than any other substance.

Access to clean air is a fundamental right for all citizens in the European Union

Air pollution, both indoor and outdoor affects 100% of the European population and is responsible for a wide range of health effects. The Seventh EU Environment Action Programme aims at achieving “levels of air quality that do not give rise to significant negative impacts on, and risks to human health and environment”.

Climate change and air pollution make pollen grains suspend in the air more aggressive to human health. People living with asthma, allergy and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are the first citizens harmed by dirty air. Their symptoms of their diseases may worsen as a result of air pollution.

As affected patients, air quality is one of our areas of work and at EFA we advocate for:

  • Reducing air pollution concentrations to levels in line with the recommendations from the World Health Organisation;
  • Adopting an EU strategy to tackle bad indoor air quality;
  • Securing pollen information and forecasting services and surveys.

Our advocacy activities on air quality are voiced and supported by the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), an EU umbrella organisation of which we are full members.

Information on the impact of pollen-related allergies in Europe can be found in the presentation below:



What's new - Air quality

EFA member Long Fonds has published results of a research indicating that substances at work can cause COPD when being inhaled. The study carried out by Marike Boezen of UMC Groningen claims that “the ...


The Swedish government banned smoking in outdoor public places from July 1st. The following places should now be smoke-free: entrances to public buildings, places waiting for public transport, outdoor ...


Latest research - Air quality

Early this year, EU-funded Project Atopica presented its final results: were published! The main aim of the project was to further understand how global and regional climate, land use and air quality  ...


On the 18th-26th of May, world health leaders gathered in Geneva for the 68thsession of the World Health Assembly (WHA). Delegates at the World Health Assembly adopted a resolution to address the heal ...


Key Facts

90% of Europeans
living in cities are exposed to harmful levels of air pollution

430,000 lives are lost
every year due to exposure to particulate matter

10 times more people
are killed by air pollution than by road accidents in the EU

1st cause of death
from environmental related matters worldwide