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Parliamentary questions
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22 June 2018
Answer given by Ms Bulc on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-002117/2018

Potential risks of cabin air contamination can only be identified and appropriate mitigation measures can only be developed and implemented if a body of robust scientific evidence is made available. Different bodies and public authorities around the world have been active in the collection of such evidence, in view of ascertaining the nature and extent of those risks and the rationale for subsequent mitigations, should these be deemed necessary.

The complexity of the associated phenomena, the inherent difficulties of collecting data involving human beings as well as the existence of a manifold of contrasting scientific and technical opinions on this subject area, make the task of gathering such conclusive scientific evidence, a complex and demanding challenge.

To contribute towards confronting the latter, the Commission launched in 2017 a new study aiming at further investigating the quality of the air on board commercially operated large transport aeroplanes. In particular, this study will further address the identification of on-board contaminants and the toxicology relating to human — cf. passengers and aircrews — acute and chronic exposure to the latter. The organophosphates compounds referred to in question 1 will be targeted specifically as part of this research. Biomonitoring studies will address a representative cross-section of passengers and crews rather than focusing on a particular sub-group as the ultimate aim is to eventually develop a dedicated risk assessment methodology applicable to cabin air quality.

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