precautionary principle

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precautionary principle

application in health care policy of the ancient medical maxim primum non nocere ("above all, do no harm").

precautionary principle

A risk management principle, originally developed in the environmental movement, based on the concept of avoiding any new action (e.g., introducing a new technology or a new drug) that carries a hypothetical risk for human health or the environment, regardless of whether the hypothesis has been subjected to formal testing.
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The "green cleaning product" bills, currently under consideration by the NYC Council, would also impose restrictions on the purchase of products, such as bathroom cleaners, sanitizers, floor strippers and air fresheners, in addition to effectively incorporating the Precautionary Principal into the city's purchasing procedures.
Subsequent invocation of the precautionary principal, he added, "is basically politics, as bureaucrats generate politically satisfactory results and establish power in the marketplace.
Norway, Sweden, and Denmark officially banned the use of mercury in dental fillings based on the Precautionary Principal, a protective doctrine requiring proof of safety -- a doctrine rejected by the U.