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Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates Joins New Coalition Dedicated to Reforming IARC's Monographs Program

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ARLINGTON, VA
– The Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates (SOCMA) announced today that it has joined a diverse group of industry and business organizations in a new alliance - the Campaign for Accuracy in Public Health Research (CAPHR) Coalition. The CAPHR Coalition, dedicated to credible, unbiased and balanced science in policymaking, will advocate to modernize the International Agency for Research on Cancer's (IARC) Monographs Program. 

The CAPHR Coalition is composed of a wide of array of industry and business partners. It was formed after numerous revelations of data suppression, manipulated conclusions and widespread conflicts of interest surfaced at IARC over the past few months.  

"Public health is best served when credible, high-quality science is at the foundation of decision-making. SOCMA joined this coalition to bring awareness to the need for trustworthy, unbiased and balanced research. We hope that the outcome of this cross-sector effort will lead to a modernization of IARC's Monographs Program, and a re-commitment to transparency and sound science," said Jennifer Abril, President and CEO of SOCMA.

The Coalition includes the following partners:

- 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
- U.S. Council for International Business

IARC's Monographs Program has been criticized by credible third parties for manipulated outcomes, as a result of omitting data, refusing to consider the weight of evidence, and relying on cherry-picked studies in their carcinogen classifications. By relying solely on hazard assessments, the conclusions made by IARC in the Monograph reports do not clearly reflect real-world risks, which causes confusion and undue alarm for the public.  

To learn more visit campaignforaccuracyinpublichealthresearch.com

About SOCMA
Since 1921, SOCMA has represented a diverse membership of small, medium and large specialty chemical manufacturers around the world. To learn more, visit  www.socma.com

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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