Public Access Building Indoor Air Quality

Since January 1, 2015, monitoring of indoor air quality in Public Access Buildings has become mandatory in France.

YOOTEST accompanies you to achieve with a controlled budget:

  • Your IAQ regulatory self-assessment.


The support is based on an online self-assessment questionnaire, the study of which allows YOOTEST's IAQ specialists to offer you a complete action plan, adapted and compliant with regulatory requirements.

If you have already carried out your self-assessment, YOOTEST provides you with the solutions to carry out regulatory measurements of indoor air pollution.

Why is IAQ monitoring mandatory in Public Access Buildings?

Children spend between 8 and 10 hours a day in Public Access Buildings such as nurseries, kindergartens, primary schools, middle schools and high schools. Indoor air in buildings is generally more polluted than outdoor air and children are more sensitive to air pollution. In addition, poor indoor air quality significantly reduces attention and learning abilities. The objective of this monitoring is to safeguard the health of children attending Public Access Buildings.

What are the obligations for IAQ monitoring in Public Access Buildings?

In France, the obligation to monitor IAQ in Public Access Buildings is defined in the legislative texts available at

  •     Environmental Code articles L221-8, R221-30 and following articles
  •     Decrees 2010-788 (12 July 2010) and (17 August 2015)

 What are the dates of application for IAQ monitoring in France?

  • January 1, 2018 for nurseries, kindergartens, primary and elementary schools, after-school and extracurricular institutions.
  • 1 January 2020 for secondary schools (general, technological and vocational secondary schools) and leisure facilities.
  • 1st January 2023 for other Public Access Buildings.

How can the IAQ monitoring obligation be met in France?

The obligation is firstly translated by the realization of an indoor air quality assessment and secondly by the implementation of a prevention and improvement action plan.

  •  Assessment of ventilation means
  •  Questionnaires of the French Ministry of Ecological and Solidarity Transition (MTES)
  •  Elaboration and validation of an action plan
  •  Follow-up of the action plan (carrying out air pollution measurements)


IAQ monitoring is to be done at 7-year intervals.

Which pollutants do the French regulations require to be measured?

IAQ monitoring in Public Access Buildings concerns 4 priority pollutants: formaldehyde, benzene, perchloroethylene (tetrachloroethylene) and carbon dioxide.

How can YOOTEST accompany you beyond the regulations?

YOOTEST offers a wide range of analysis solutions to measure indoor air pollution by other substances of concern that can affect the health of children and personnel in Public Access Buildings.

  • Extension of the VOC list
  • Mold detection
  • Search for lead
  • Pollution by plastics (plasticizer residues)
  • Pollution by pesticides and biocides