The Section produces the IARC Monographs on the Evaluation of Carcinogenic Risks to Humans. The long-term objective is to critically review and evaluate the published scientific evidence on each carcinogenic hazard to which humans are exposed.
The Section also convenes scientific workshops on the use of new kinds of information to identify carcinogens. The objective of these workshops is to determine how to make the best use of contemporary studies to identify agents that play a role in cancer development and to understand their mechanisms.
National and international health agencies use the IARC Monographs to support their actions to prevent exposure to known, probable, and possible carcinogens. Accordingly, an over-arching objective is to achieve the highest level of scientific authority and trust in this endeavour. Hence, the IARC Monographs are developed by experts who conducted the original research, and IARC selects these experts based on their knowledge and experience and absence of real or apparent conflicting interests.