The negative effects of human activity – including pollution, climate change, natural resource depletion and biodiversity loss – not only cause environmental degradation, but also have negative effects on human health. The EU’s 7th Environmental Action Programme lists a number of environmental health issues, notably air quality, chemicals and waste generation and management related to resource use. One of its key objectives is to safeguard the Union’s citizens from environment-related pressures and risks to health and well-being.

ECOS will contribute to the preparation of automatic measurement methods for relevant pollutants. These methods should contribute to reaching the new air quality objectives for the period up to 2030, set out in the Clean Air Policy package. Finally, ECOS will participate in standardisation work on dangerous chemicals and nanotechnologies with a view to ensure that standards effectively support the EU chemicals policy framework and potential future legal developments, and ultimately, a toxic-free environment.