Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants

COMEAP advises the government on all matters concerning the health effects of air pollutants.

Role of the group

COMEAP provides independent advice to government departments and agencies on how air pollution impacts on health. Its members come from a range of specialist fields such as air quality science, atmospheric chemistry, toxicology, physiology, epidemiology, statistics, paediatrics and cardiology. There is also a lay member, who helps ensure that the general public can access and understand the committee’s work.

COMEAP current work programme (PDF, 56.3KB, 1 page)

Terms of reference

At the request of the Department of Health to:

  • advise the UK health departments on the effects on health of both outdoor and indoor air pollutants on the basis of data currently available

  • assess the need for further research

  • liaise as necessary with other government bodies to assess the effects of exposure and associated risks to human health

Code of practice

COMEAP code of practice (PDF, 71.9KB, 9 pages)


Current members are:

  • Professor Frank J Kelly, Chair (Chair in Environmental Health, King’s College London)
  • Professor H Ross Anderson (Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health, St George’s University of London and King’s College London)
  • Mr J F Hurley (Scientific Director, Institute of Occupational Medicine)
  • Dr Nicola Carslaw (Senior Lecturer in Environmental Science, University of York)
  • Dr Mike Holland (freelance consultant in economic assessment of environmental policies)
  • Dr Jeremy Langrish (Clinical Lecturer in Cardiology, University of Edinburgh, Specialty Registrar in Interventional Cardiology, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh)
  • Dr Beth Conlan (Business Manager, Air Quality Modelling, Mapping and Assessment Team, Ricardo-AEA)
  • Ruth Chambers (lay member)
  • Professor Debbie Jarvis (Professor of Public Health, National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London)
  • Professor Alan R Boobis (Professor of Biochemical Pharmacology, Director of Public Health England Toxicology Unit, Imperial College London)
  • Dr Alison Searl (Director of Analytical Sciences, Institute of Occupational Medicine)
  • Professor Paul Wilkinson (Professor of Environmental Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
  • Dr Heather Walton (Senior Research Fellow, Environmental Research Group, King’s College London, independent advisor on air pollution and health)
  • Professor Roy Harrison (Chair of Environmental Health, University of Birmingham)
  • Dr Richard Atkinson (Senior Lecturer in Epidemiology, St George’s University of London)
  • Professor Jonathan Grigg (Professor of paediatric Respiratory and Environmental Medicine, Barts and the London School of Medicine, Queen Mary University of London, Consultant Paediatrician, Royal London Hospital)
  • Dr Brian Miller (Principal Epidemiologist, Institute of Occupational Medicine, Edinburgh)
  • Mr John Stedman (Principal Air Quality Consultant, AEA)
  • Professor Robert Maynard (Honorary Professor of Environmental Health, Birmingham University)

COMEAP declaration of members' interests (PDF, 244KB)


Read minutes for COMEAP meetings

Read agendas for COMEAP meetings

Minutes from previous meetings are held on the National Archives website.

Open meetings

COMEAP holds open meetings to increase the visibility and transparency of its work. To attend a meeting as an observer, you will need to send an COMEAP open meeting application form (MS Word Document, 57.1KB) to the secretariat and follow the COMEAP code of conduct for observers (PDF, 20.7KB, 2 pages) .

2015 meetings

3 November 2014

4 March 2015

17 June 2015

25 September 2015

4 November 2015

2016 meetings

24 February 2016

22 June 2016

9 November 2016

Read COMEAP discussion papers


COMEAP reports.

Previous publications are held on the National Archives website.


Contact COMEAP through the secretariat at Public Health England (PHE)


In any correspondence, please reference the COMEAP website.

COMEAP Secretariat
Public Health England
Centre for Radiation, Chemical and Environmental Hazards
OX11 0RQ