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Approved association for monitoring air quality.

The acronym AASQA stands for Association Agréée de Surveillance de la Qualité de l'Air (approved association for monitoring air quality).The name covers a number of French regional non-profit-making associations set up under the French 1901 law, and approved by the French ministry for ecology.

All the AASQA associations have been set up along the same lines, with what is known as a quadripartite collective operating mode; their governing committees include representatives of national, regional and local government departments, representatives of activities creating pollution, environmental protection and consumer associations, and well-known experts.

 
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Rational energy use

The French text providing a framework of reference for the AASQAs is the Loi sur l'Air et l'Utilisation Rationnelle de l'Energie (law covering the air and rational energy use) dated 30 December 1996, which is also included in the environmental code.

The basic missions concern implementation of air quality monitoring and providing information about air quality. 

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At a local level

At a local level, the AASQAs are often considered as reference authorities on questions concerning the atmosphere, with recognized roles in providing expertise and advice.

Once every 5 years, the AASQAs draw up a Programme de Surveillance de la Qualité de l'Air (PSQA – air quality monitoring programme) integrating in particular the regulatory requirements, together with all the measurement techniques and strategies deployed. Among these, we can mention fixed, permanent analysers; passive diffusion tubes; emission inventories, modelling, bio-indication, etc.

 
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PSQA

Within the framework of their PSQAs, as well as monitoring pollutants covered by regulations, the AASQAs are called on to investigate other pollutants such as pesticides, and other fields such as monitoring odours, pollen counts, indoor air measurements, etc.