The Preamble to the IARC Monographs describes the objective and scope of the programme, the scientific principles and procedures used in developing a Monograph, the types of evidence considered, and the scientific criteria that guide the evaluations. The Preamble should be consulted when reading a Monograph or list of evaluations.
Preamble to the IARC Monographs (amended January 2019)
Watch presentation on the IARC Monographs Preamble
Article about key changes in the updated Preamble, published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute: article; PDF
Report of the Advisory Group to Recommend an Update to the Preamble to the IARC Monographs
Presentation about the Preamble; view as Prezi or as PDF
Revised Preamble for the IARC Monographs: Modernized and transparent evidence synthesis for cancer hazard identification
Updated 19 February 2021