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.
Neither the Chief Medical Officer nor CANTOX have provided convincing evidence that the Frederick Street residents are not in danger, therefore the only reasonable conclusion is to implement the precautionary principal and evacuate the residents," says president of the IICPH, Dr.