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