Working Procedures


6. Inclusion criteria for data for the Handbooks

The Handbooks do not necessarily summarize or cite the entire body of literature on the intervention being evaluated. Only data considered by the Working Group to be relevant to making the evaluation are included. Epidemiological studies, randomized controlled trials, modelling studies, and meta-analyses published or accepted for publication in the openly available scientific literature are reviewed by the Working Group. The same publication requirement applies to meta-analyses or pooled analyses commissioned by IARC in advance of a meeting (see Part B). Also, reports from recognized national or international agencies that have undergone peer review and that are publicly available are considered. Data judged to be uninformative to the evaluation may, at the discretion of the Working Group, be cited but not summarized. If a group of similar studies is not reviewed, the reasons are indicated (see Part B for details). Meeting abstracts and other reports that do not provide sufficient detail upon which to base an assessment of their quality are not considered. Exceptionally, doctoral theses and other materials that are in their final form and publicly available may be considered if their inclusion is deemed pertinent to making a final evaluation.


Updated 14 November 2017