Indoor air quality

A.I.S.E., together with other industry sectors, is actively involved in work going on at the European level contributing to a better understanding of indoor air quality and how to improve it. 

Many European citizens spend much of their day indoors these days – at home, at school, at work and also at leisure – so there is a growing awareness of the need to ensure that indoor air quality is good and healthy. 
The factors affecting the quality of the air that people breathe indoors are very complex and include, for example, how well-ventilated a space is, how humid, warm or cold it is and how clean and hygienic it is. Substances that can get into the air range from dust particles to mould spores, to substances emitted while cooking or cleaning, or from furniture, paint or other building materials.

Indoor air quality and consumer products

As part of Europe-wide efforts to better understand and improve indoor air quality, A.I.S.E. is participating in work going on focusing on the potential effects of consumer products on indoor air. 

We participated in EPHECT, a three-year programme, launched in 2010, which was aimed at identifying and quantifying key indoor air pollutants emitted by consumer products and hence to propose adequate risk reduction measures if appropriate. To find out about the key project findings please visit

Find out more about the candles emission standard here.

A.I.S.E. has also developed an air fresheners Product Stewardship Programme, launched in 2008, which aims to promote best practice in the industry, through responsible manufacturing, communication and use of air fresheners across Europe, allowing consumers to make the best-informed choices about safe product usage.

More information

A.I.S.E.’s member national association UKCPI, based in the UK, addresses the question, ‘Do cleaning products & air fresheners release harmful chemicals?’ in the FAQ section of its website here.