The Preambles to the IARC Handbooks are now available online.
The Preamble to the IARC Handbooks of Cancer Prevention describes the objectives and scope of the programme, general principles and procedures, and scientific review and evaluations. The Preamble should be consulted when reading an IARC Handbook or a summary of an IARC Handbook’s evaluations.
An Advisory Group was convened in February 2019 to recommend an update to the working procedures of the IARC Handbooks. The outcome of the recommendations of the Advisory Group is two Preambles: one related to the evaluation of primary interventions, and one related to the evaluation of screening procedures and interventions.