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Cancer Research Agency IARC considers MWCNTs high Priority for Assessment

An advisory group for the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has recommended that multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) be considered ‘a high priority for assessment’. The group met to recommend priorities for the organisations publication, the ‘Monograph’.

The published recommendations cite that MWCNTs have ‘mechanistic similarities with asbestos have been noted’. The decision to classify MWCNTs as high priority followed assessment of ‘the responses to a call for nominations and [the group] recommended a range of agents and exposures as high or medium priorities for assessment’. An October 2014 meeting of the organisation is set to discuss carbon nanotubes.

The IARC ‘Monograph’ series identifies ‘environmental factors that can increase the risk of human cancer’. Information in these publications can be used by national health agencies ‘as scientific support for their actions to prevent exposure to potential carcinogens’.

 

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