Establishing and communicating a substance’s potential to cause cancer is a cornerstone of chemical regulation worldwide. Given how influential the U.S., E.U., and UN chemical regulatory frameworks are, it’s worth examining exactly how classification and hazard communication for carcinogenicity is accomplished under each one. AgencyIQ looks to regulatory agencies on both sides of the Atlantic, as well as the United Nations for the foremost carcinogen classification schemes.
International: World Health Organization
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classification framework is particularly well-known, consisting of four levels of increasing certainty regarding human cancer risk.
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