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WASHINGTON (February 5, 2018) – The U.S. House Science, Space and Technology (SST) Committee announced it will hold a full committee hearing to examine the International Agency for Research on Cancer’s (IARC) Monographs Program and review of glyphosate at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, February 6. The Campaign for Accuracy in Public Health Research (CAPHR) Coalition applauds the House Science Committee’s recent announcement and move to examine IARC’s severely flawed cancer hazard evaluation program.

“Considering the IARC Monographs Program’s many flaws and continued U.S. taxpayer funding of the program, the CAPHR Coalition welcomes and applauds this Congressional Hearing,” said Michael Michener, Vice President, Product Policy and Innovation, United States Council for International Business (USCIB). “Modernizing IARC’s Monographs Program process will help to strengthen the integrity of its conclusions and is especially urgent following several recent revelations of data suppression and manipulated outcomes in its cancer hazard evaluations.”

As a diverse group of manufacturing, energy and agricultural interests, the Coalition is united in their mission to reform IARC’s Monographs Program, and is encouraged by the Committee’s actions to probe the Program’s questionable carcinogen conclusions. Although IARC Director Christopher Wild has refused repeated requests from the Committee to provide witnesses to testify at the hearing, despite being a U.S. taxpayer-funded program, the Coalition hopes that this hearing and increased scrutiny over IARC’s dated Monographs processes will illuminate the Program’s rampant flaws and bring much needed reform.

“The CAPHR Coalition fully supports the House Science Committee’s review of the IARC Monographs Program,” said Cal Dooley, President and CEO of the American Chemistry Council (ACC). “We have serious concerns with the Program’s lack of scientific integrity and transparency in developing Monographs. Our goal is to reform and update the IARC Monographs Program to bring it into the 21st century and restore public trust. This will require IARC to increase transparency in its processes for choosing experts, involving stakeholders, and selecting and analyzing studies. IARC Monographs should be subjected to robust independent peer review, a procedure that is inexplicably lacking at the present time.”

Since its inception one year ago, CAPHR has been dedicated to promoting sound science in policymaking, and bringing to light the deficiencies, misinformation and consequences associated with the IARC’s Monographs Program. This full Committee Hearing signals that U.S. lawmakers are weary of IARC’s misconduct, misuse of public funds and reoccurring credibility issues. The Coalition believes the hearing is an important step in the right direction towards bringing greater transparency to its carcinogen evaluations and reforming the troubled Monographs Program.

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About the Campaign for Accuracy in Public Health Research (CAPHR)

The Campaign for Accuracy in Public Health Research (CAPHR) is an education and outreach initiative to promote credible, unbiased, and balanced assessments of science as the basis of policy decisions and help the public and policymakers understand the relevance of public health studies in our daily lives. In particular, CAPHR promotes reform of the International Agency for Research on Cancer’s (IARC) Monographs Program and brings to light the deficiencies, misinformation, and consequences associated with its work.

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