Working Procedures


3. Selection of interventions for review

Interventions to be evaluated in the IARC Handbooks series are selected on the basis of one or more of the following criteria:

  • The available evidence suggests potential for significantly reducing the incidence of cancer.
  • There is a substantial body of human, experimental, clinical and/or mechanistic data suitable for evaluation.
  • The intervention is in widespread use and of putative protective value, but of uncertain efficacy and safety.

If significant new data become available on an intervention for which a Handbook exists, a re-evaluation may be made at a subsequent meeting of the Working Group.


Posted 5 July 2016