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Purchase and Access Policy

The following policy of the International Agency for Research on Cancer, a specialized agency of the World Health Organization (WHO) and hereafter “IARC”, is intended to supplement the IARC Terms of Use by specifying further conditions for downloadable PDF e-books and for the Tumour Classification website annual subscription, hereafter the “tumour classification website”. Where there is any discrepancy between this policy and the IARC Terms of Use, the former shall prevail.



IARC e-books purchased on this site are meant for individual use and may not be copied or shared. PDF E-books may be downloaded on multiple devices as long as each device is owned by you, the purchaser. No specialized software is required to open and read IARC e-books.

IARC relies on publications revenues to sustain the production of its books and must therefore take measures to protect its copyrighted materials.

E-books are protected with visible and invisible watermarks that include the purchaser's contact information.

See also IARC’s Terms of Use and Conditions.



Use of the WHO Classification of Tumours Online must be in accordance with the following terms:

YOUR RIGHTS: As a subscriber to the tumour classification website, you have the right to access it from anywhere, at any time, and on the device of your choice. Please note, however, that access is restricted to one device at a time. Due to technical constraints, simultaneous access with the same login credentials on multiple devices is not possible. Please note also that you must have an Internet connection to access the website; downloading of content and offline mode are not possible.

YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES: Access to the tumour classification website must be obtained through a legitimate subscription. Login credentials may only be used by you, the subscriber, and may not be shared or disseminated. You are responsible for all activities that occur under your account. You must also notify IARC of any unauthorized use or suspicious activity in the your account.

ACCESS: IARC strives to provide 24/7 access. IARC reserves the right to carry out maintenance on the website as may be required from time to time. Such planned maintenance will be advertised in advance on the website.

RENEWALS: Annual subscription renewal is not automatic. The subscriber is responsible for renewing his/her annual subscription and paying the applicable fees to ensure continued access to the tumour classification website.

SUSPENSION AND TERMINATION: A subscriber’s failure to comply with these policies and/or the IARC Terms of Use, or the use of the tumour classification website in any way that is illegal, infringes upon the rights of others, and/or damages IARC, will result in a warning by email to the address associated with the subscription. Failure to remedy the problem to IARC’s satisfaction within 2 business days of the transmission of the email will result in a temporary 14-day suspension of the subscription. Failure to remedy the problem to IARC’s satisfaction within the 14-day period will result in termination of the subscription. Refunds will not be issued on the remaining days of the subscription period.

FORCE MAJEURE: IARC shall not be responsible or liable for any failure or delay in the performance of its obligations arising out of or caused by, directly or indirectly, forces beyond its control, including, without limitation, strikes, work stoppages, accidents, acts of war or terrorism, civil or military disturbances, nuclear or natural catastrophes or acts of God, and interruptions, loss or malfunctions of utilities, communications or computer (software and hardware) services; it being understood that IARC shall use reasonable efforts which are consistent with accepted practices in the digital publishing industry to resume performance as soon as practicable under the circumstances.



Because products are digital and orders are fulfilled immediately, IARC cannot issue refunds on purchases.

Your satisfaction and reading experience are very important to us. If you have any questions or comments about your purchase, please contact the IARC Publications Unit. Service hours are Monday to Friday, 9am - 5:30pm CEST.


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