Interdisciplinary working groups of expert scientists review the published studies and evaluate the weight of the evidence that an agent can increase the risk of cancer. The principles, procedures, and scientific criteria that guide the evaluations are described in the Preamble to the IARC Monographs.
Since 1971, more than 900 agents have been evaluated, of which more than 400 have been identified as carcinogenic, probably carcinogenic, or possibly carcinogenic to humans.
Meeting 112 is announced.
12 March 2013
Meeting 112 ”Some Pesticides and Related Chemicals”
Lyon, 3-10 March 2015
For details, please see Upcoming Meetings.
Now available: Monographs in PDF - Volume 106: Trichloroethylene, Tetrachloroethylene and Some Other Chlorinated Agents
20 December 2013
We are pleased to make available six Monographs of Volume 106. The remaining Monograph, Trichloroethylene, and the full volume will be posted shortly.
25 June 2012 Volume 100 compiles information on tumour sites and mechanisms of carcinogenesis. About half of the agents classified in Group 1 were last reviewed more than 20 years ago, before mechanistic studies became prominent in evaluations of carcinogenicity. In addition, more recent epidemiological studies and animal cancer bioassays have demonstrated that many cancer hazards reported in earlier studies were later observed in other organs or through different exposure scenarios. Available at WHO Press