The European Code Against Cancer was originally drawn-up and endorsed by the European Commission high-level Committee of Cancer Experts in 1987. In 1994, the European Commission invited the European School of Oncology to assemble a group of international experts to consider a first revision of the scientific aspects of the Code's recommendations. A new version was adopted by the Cancer Experts Committee at its meeting of November 1994.

A second revision, producing the third version of the European Code Against Cancer, was conducted in 2003. The project was funded by the Europe Against Cancer programme of the European Commission. An Executive Committee was formed to guide the project and the Committee involved Public Health specialists, Oncologists as well as representatives of the Cancer Leagues and the Prevention Departments of Ministries of Health in Europe. A Scientific Committee was established comprising several independent experts and nominated Chairmen of the sub-Committees established to review recommendations on specific topics.

The text of the Third version of the European Code Against Cancer (2003) is on the site of the European Commission.

Publications on the scientific evidence on the new 4th version of the European Code Against Cancer is now available as Open Access. 

The 4th version for the European Code Against Cancer is available in all EU languages.

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