building materials matter

Building Materials Matter: Strategies for Improved IAQ

4 June 2024

In this article published in, Dr. Anna O’Donovan writes how facilities managers can have a profound impact on health through their choice of building materials that positively impact indoor air quality

American coatings show

A Shift in Focus at the American Coatings Show

26 April 2024

At this year’s American Coatings Show, innovation will be heavily focused on improved sustainability, driven by societal demands.

National Healthy Homes Month

National Healthy Homes Month: From Awareness to Action

23 April 2024

As the nation observes National Healthy Homes Month, it’s crucial to acknowledge the profound impact indoor air quality has on our health and the collective responsibility we share in cultivating healthier living environments.

indoor air quality and paint

Focus on architectural: Indoor air quality and paint

10 April 2024

In this article published in the PPCJ, Jennifer Whelan COO at ASL, discusses how paint manufacturers have used the asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program to tackle the issue of paint chemicals and their impact on those with respiratory issues.

sleep awareness week

Sleep Awareness Week: Unlocking the Secrets of Quality Sleep

14 March 2024

As we round out another Sleep Awareness Week, we want to take a few minutes to recognise the profound impact of sleep on our overall health and wellbeing, and how by prioritizing a healthy sleep environment, with a focus on bedding, we can unlock the secrets to quality, restorative rest.


Collaboration for Clean Air : A Feature in FCW

18 October 2023

‘Collaboration for Clean Air’, by Katie Batkin tells the story of a partnership that is much more than simply commercial, it is a collaboration to create and promote a built environment that has a positive impact on people.

retrofit blog

The asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program – a Blog in Retrofit Magazine

27 September 2023

The latest issue of Retrofit Magazine features a blog by Anna O’Donovan on the asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program

indoor air quality standards

The Value of Indoor Air Quality Standards in Creating Healthier Homes

7 September 2023

Published in CEPro Magazine, this article written by Dr. Anna O’Donovan, describes how indoor air quality standards can make all the difference when choosing indoor air quality solutions for healthier homes

allergens floors

Are Allergens Underfoot in Your Facility?- An Article by Jennifer Whelan

6 September 2023

Are Allergens Underfoot in Your Facility? An article by ASL COO Jenifer Whelan, featured in Cleaning and Maintenance Magazine

Science lead

ASL Science Lead Gives Expert Advice

17 July 2023

When journalists are in need of an expert on indoor air quality they are increasingly turning to our Science Lead Dr. Gráinne Cunniffe

National healthy homes month

National Healthy Homes Month: Creating a Safer Haven for All

27 June 2023

National Healthy Homes Month serves as a reminder of the vital role indoor air quality plays in our overall well-being. By understanding the impact of poor indoor environments and taking proactive measures to improve air quality, we can safeguard the health of our families.

pollen screen

Embrace a Breath of Fresh Air with Window-Mounted Pollen Screens

8 June 2023

Pollen screens offer a plethora of benefits – they not only help reduce pollen indoors but also allow for natural ventilation, are energy efficient, versatile and convenient.

Selfie seals

Selfie Seals – The Perils of Self-Certification

21 April 2023

In a market crowded by generic marketing jargon and claims, what can a genuine third party certification offer?


Allergy Standards to Attend FILTECH 2023, the World’s Largest Filtration Show where Healthy Indoor Air Will Dominate the Agenda

9 February 2023

ASL is proud to announce its participation as attendees at FILTECH 2023, the largest and most important filtration show in the world. With over 440 exhibitors and a major international conference, FILTECH 2023 is a must-attend event for those in the filtration industry

trade shows

How Trade Shows Can Showcase their ESG Credentials

20 January 2023

The concept of ESG means striving to find a balance between economic results, transparency, social interests and the environment…how can Trade Shows achieve this?

UN right to breathe clean air

The UN Right to Breathe Clean Air: An ESG Responsibility

20 December 2022

This generation demands sustainability and the prioritizing of health without the greenwashing and we are here to help

ESG initiatives

Chemicals in Paint and the Importance of ESG Initiatives

14 November 2022

This generation demands sustainability and the prioritizing of health without the greenwashing and we are here to help

ESG Awards

ESG – A Dominant Theme in ASL’s Recent Events

8 July 2022

In a busy period of diverse events for ASL there was a dominant theme apparent: ESG


Dr. John McKeon At The 2022 BOMA International Conference

20 June 2022

Commercial Real Estate plays a fundamental role in helping business owners create spaces which enable a healthy and engaged workforce. The 2022 BOMA International Conference marked the beginning of an exciting new era. Dr. John McKeon was joined by Rasha Hasaneen, Zach Flora and Supriya Murthy in a panel discussion moderated by Bill Sisson of WBCSD entitled ‘Healthy Buildings, Healthy People: Strategies for Employee Well-Being and Sustainable Business Growth’ and the discussion featured in

CSR Report

ASL and the asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program Feature In Tarkett’s CSR Report

24 March 2022

Tarkett has released its 2021 CSR Report and it features ASL and the asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program

ConsultantLive: John McKeon, MD: Improving Indoor-Air Quality with Asthma-Friendly Products

Watch our CEO on ConsultantLive: Dr.John McKeon discusses the asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program

28 February 2022

In this interview on ConsultantLive, Dr. John McKeon explains the importance of a whole-house approach to reducing asthma and allergy triggers and the aim of the asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program which involves mitigating allergen exposure in a variety of household products.


Allergy Standards Limited Announces Successful Management Buyout

18 January 2022

Allergy Standards Limited has announced that Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and company founder, Dr. John McKeon, and Chief Strategy Officer (CSO), Dr. John Ryan, have completed a management buyout of the business, backed by UK and Ireland based private debt and equity house Beechbrook Capital.

Robotic Vacuum Cleaner

Smart cleaning just got healthier as Allergy Standards Ltd (ASL) is excited to announce a new Robotic Vacuum Cleaner Standard

12 January 2022

ASL announces a new addition to its asthma & allergy friendly® standards portfolio: the Robotic Vacuum Cleaner Standard ASP:03-09/101.

GBAC and ASL Partnership Announcement

Allergy Standards Ltd announces Partnership with the Global Advisory Biorisk Council™

14 December 2021

ASL has announced their partnership with GBAC, the Global Biorisk Advisory Council™, a division of ISSA, on a unique educational program.

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The asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program attends the ISSA North America Show

25 November 2021

The asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program, jointly operated by Allergy Standards Limited (ASL) & the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), was thrilled to participate in the ISSA Show 2021 in Las Vegas.

Renegade’s SWEAT-X Free and Clear Laundry Detergent

Renegade’s SWEAT-X Free and Clear Laundry Detergent earns coveted asthma & allergy friendly® certification

9 November 2021

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and Allergy Standards Limited (ASL) has announced that Renegade’s SWEAT-X Free and Clear is the first laundry detergent to earn the asthma & allergy friendly® certification.

Healthier Homes Awareness

Why Certified asthma & allergy friendly® Means Healthier Indoor Air for Everyone

1 November 2021

Healthier indoor air for everyone is a necessity if we want to prevent against disease and we believe CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly® products are the best choices available to help control and improve indoor air quality.

Healthy Indoors

Dr. John McKeon on Healthy Indoors Live

23 August 2021

Watch our CEO Dr John McKeon and President & CEO of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, Kenneth Mendez, on Healthy Indoors Live with Bob Krell for a very interesting dive into the significant role a healthy indoor environment plays in our overall health & well-being.


The asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program Takes The Digital Stage at the 2021 NAHB’s International Builders’ Show® & NKBA’s Kitchen & Bath Industry Show®

11 February 2021

The asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program, which is jointly run by Allergy Standards Limited (ASL) and the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) is pleased to be participating in both virtual shows, the IBS 2021 Builders Show® and NKBA’s Kitchen & Bath Industry Show® that are taking place February 9 – 12, 2021

CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly vacuum cleaner

Electronic Equipment and Indoor Air Quality – The Importance of Certification

9 December 2020

Electronic equipment is fundamental to supporting a healthier indoor environment. From air cleaners to vacuum cleaners and air conditioners to dehumidifiers, these pieces of equipment can operate to clean, remove allergens and contribute to a comfortable indoor air environment. The certification of consumer products is an informative and essential way to communicate a range of functions and compliance characteristics.


Keeping your skin safer – Textile Certification Programs

4 December 2020

The skin is the largest organ in the body and is the one that is most exposed to external factors. As a consumer it can be very difficult to know whether a textile has had a particular finish, and even more so to know what chemicals were used to deliver this finish. In order to provide consumers with a signpost for textiles that may be more suitable for them and the environment, a number of certification programs have been established

Tarkett Building Pros Talk

Dr. John McKeon To Present A Talk Hosted by Tarkett Entitled ‘Breathe Clean Air Program: Advanced Training for Building Professionals’

2 December 2020

Dr. John McKeon, CEO of Allergy Standards, is recognised for delivering informative, cutting edge talks, lectures and workshops on developing international standards, Indoor Air Quality, third body certification and innovation so is particularly honoured to be presenting a talk hosted by Tarkett entitled ‘Breathe Clean Air Program: Advanced Training for Building Professionals’

Greenbuild 2020

Allergy Standards Ltd To Exhibit at Greenbuild International Conference + Expo 2020

9 November 2020

Allergy Standards Ltd is delighted to be exhibiting at Greenbuild Conference and Expo 2020- the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to sustainability in the building industry

VOCs effect on respiratory system

Indoor Air VOCs, asthma and allergy, and the effect of air cleaners

29 August 2020

Volatile organic compounds or VOCs are molecules containing carbon which are predominantly in the gaseous state at room temperature.This article will present the possible sources of indoor VOCs, how VOCs impact on people with asthma and allergy and discuss the ability of air cleaners to reduce VOCs in the indoor environment.

home appliances

Questions for the Home Appliances Buyer

20 July 2020

Consumers need a recognisable, trustworthy mark to help them identify the truly beneficial products. This is where asthma & allergy friendly® comes in: a certification that focuses solely on a product’s impact on human health.

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Air Conditioners and the indoor environment

15 July 2020

Air conditioners can play a significant role in good indoor air quality. Greater asthma morbidity – specifically a larger number of hospitalizations, wheezing episodes and night symptoms due to asthma – have been associated with the presence of moisture, mildew and cockroach allergen in homes. Air conditioners provide a dual function of controlling temperature and relative humidity in home environments, as well as potential removal of allergens.

Architect Magazine

Allergy Standards – Certifying Products for Healthier Interiors.

23 June 2020

Dr. John Ryan, Chief Strategy Officer at Allergy Standards in Archetech magazine discusses the value of third party certification and the responsibility on those in the building and design industry to prioritise health and wellbeing


IRDG Design Thinking Conference

12 June 2020

At the core of design thinking is the user, the consumer, the human combined with an approach that requires empathy and an open mind

Certified pillows

10 questions to ask your Textile Buyer

29 May 2020

Being CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly® gives a product an edge over its competitors in many ways. What is it exactly that makes an asthma & allergy friendly® textile stand out? Here are some useful questions and answers to make that advantage clear.

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Building Materials Certification and Healthy Indoor Air

11 May 2020

It is a common statistic when talking about the quality of indoor air, that we spend approximately 90% of our time indoors. The origin of that statistic was a study by the US Environmental Protection Agency back in 19891. The importance of this is the nature of the contained environment of the home; in the move towards greater environmental sustainability, homes have become more energy efficient and more tightly sealed. While this provides a better environmental impact, it also means that the air in the home does not become renewed through passage of fresh air.

certification and labelling

Standards, third party certification, labels you can trust….why do they matter?

20 March 2020

As more and more countries are infected by coronavirus, we can learn from the experiences of others first affected, both from their successful actions and their failures. We can put measures and processes in place to help us stay safe. By learning from our mistakes we can set guidelines and protocols. One thing this health crisis has highlighted is the need and importance of such safety measures. In particular, standards, trusted labels and third party certification. 

Trane® CleanEffects™ Air Cleaner Is the First Certified asthma & allergy friendly® Whole Home Air Cleaners Option

New Standard for Whole Home Air Cleaners

15 November 2017

Allergy Standards Ltd launch the development of a new certification standard for Whole Home Air Cleaners, also known as In-Duct Air Cleaners, to help consumers improve the overall “health” of their home.

The growth of certification standards

The growth of certification standards – creating confusion or options?

7 November 2017

The challenge to an extent is not in having too many certification marks, but in identifying which certification marks you should trust and why.

EAACI 2018 Allergy Standards

Allergy Standards attend Closing ceremony of EAACI2017 and handover to EAACI2018

23 June 2017

ASL’s Dr. John McKeon and Dr. John Ryan joined 8000 other delegates at the highly informative congress, the largest event of its kind in the world.