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"By denying scientific principles, one may maintain any paradox." – Galileo Galilei

CAPHR Launches New Coalition on One-Year Anniversary

Yesterday marked the one-year anniversary since the American Chemistry Council (ACC) launched the Campaign for Accuracy in Public Health Research (CAPHR) — an education and outreach initiative to promote credible, unbiased, and transparent science as the basis for policy decisions and to reform the International Agency for Research on Cancer’s (IARC) Monographs Program.

CAPHR has been steadfast in our efforts to shine light on the deficiencies, misinformation and consequences associated with the Monographs Program, which evaluates cancer hazards and produces reports, or Monographs, on its findings. We’ve been encouraged by the increased scrutiny into IARC’s carcinogenic classification that has evolved over the past year. In 12 short months we’ve seen:

  • Mounting criticism by numerous credible and independent experts over IARC’s questionable conclusions and flawed methodologies.
  • Separate, special investigations by Reuters and Politico, which revealed efforts by IARC Monographs’ working groups to suppress and omit data, and manipulate outcomes in its carcinogenic classifications.
  • Congressional action and multiple letters from lawmakers including Chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee Lamar Smith (R-Texas) and Environment Subcommittee Chairman Andy Biggs (R-Ariz) to U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Acting Secretary Eric Hargan and IARC Director Christopher Wild asking for answers related to IARC’s conflicts of interest, lack of transparency and other issues that were brought to light through news media reporting.

One thing is clear: the public, regulators and organizations alike are becoming increasingly concerned and weary over the alarmist headlines generated by the Monographs Program’s lack of transparency and balance in assessing cancer hazards.

CAPHR Coalition Launch


To mark our one-year anniversary and to continue to build upon the momentum generated in 2017, CAPHR is excited to announce the launch of the Campaign for Accuracy in Public Health Research (CAPHR) Coalition. The CAPHR Coalition will advocate to modernize and reform the Monographs Program through greater transparency and balanced assessments. The Coalition hopes to work constructively with IARC, the World Health Organization, and members of the IARC Governing Council to improve IARC’s Monographs Program.

“Recent conclusions from the IARC Monographs Program, along with media reports that Monographs Program leaders have manipulated outcomes, should raise serious concerns for all governments and private organizations that donate the funding that makes up IARC’s annual budget,” said American Chemistry Council President and CEO Cal Dooley. “Reform should be a shared priority for all who support IARC’s mission and rely on IARC for useful information about how to enhance public health,” Dooley continued.

The Coalition is composed of a diverse group of industry and business partners, including:

  • American Chemistry Council
  • American Petroleum Institute
  • Chemistry Industry Association of Canada
  • CropLife America
  • National Association of Manufacturers
  • National Stone, Sand, and Gravel Association
  • Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates
  • United States Council for International Business

The Coalition unites diverse partners in their mission to bring transparency to IARC’s troubled Monographs Program.

“Manufacturers, governments, and individuals around the world are prioritizing transparency as a means to build trust, promote inclusion and ensure smart policies,” said Linda Dempsey, Vice President of International Economic Affairs Policy at the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), a CAPHR Coalition partner. “IARC’s Monographs Program, however, is blatantly pursuing a policy of secrecy and exclusion, prohibiting participants and observers from discussing how Monograph conclusions are reached, even threatening lawsuits against those who reveal information about the proceedings. These systematic efforts to conceal information and intimidate those with concerns directly contradict the values of IARC, the World Health Organization, and the member states that support their work.”

To mark the launch, the CAPHR Coalition has released principles for reform:

  • Consider a Substance’s Risk, Not Just Hazard
  • Require Reliance on Weight of Evidence
  • Establish Standard Criteria for Selecting Studies
  • Increase Transparency and Utilize Input from Stakeholders
  • Explain Conflicts of Interest
  • Improve Monograph Releases

The Coalition believes these principles will guide discussions for modernizing the dated methods and transparency issues with the Monographs Program, ultimately strengthening the integrity of the Program and improving public health policymaking.