precautionary principle


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

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.
See also: principle
References in periodicals archive ?
By framing the issues in this way, Kessler (2011) intimated that the precautionary principle could serve as a valuable guide for future research and policy making.
While Canada's CMP utilizes a more traditional interpretation of the precautionary principle, the European Union's REACH employs a form of reverse onus.
Despite the problems with applying the principle in public health, the importance of the precautionary principle cannot be ignored.
Beyond the definitional difficulties, the precautionary principle has another fundamental flaw: it can be used to support any side of an issue because it is all in how you define the hazard.
Lesley Griffiths audacity campaigners AM submitted Professor Imperial has that been Dr Resources Lesley Griffiths is happy to ignore two experts and refuse to employ the precautionary principle...
"The automatic stay orders, which kick in to preserve the subject matter upon the filling of an appeal with the Tribunal, and to give the tribunal the room it requires to consider grievances on the merits, are consistent with the precautionary principle enshrined in of Articles 169 (1) (g) and 70(2) of the Constitution and invoked in Section 2 of the EMCA, to prevent environmental degradation, especially when the fragility of the environment and irreversible nature of environmental degradation are taken into account," he said.
Because the global environmental legislation has been developed, one of the most widely adopted concept was the precautionary principle. Although there are different wordings of the precautionary principle, the most agreed was the one stated by Principle 15 of Rio Declaration, signed by 178 nations on the U.S.
In a revision of her 2015 PhD dissertation at the University of New South Wales, Jaeckel discusses deep seabed mining and the marine environment, the precautionary principle in international law, the International Seabed Authority and the seabed mining regime, the environmental mandate of the International Seabed Authority, developing the International Seabed Authority's environmental mandate through the mining code, implementing the precautionary principle: protective measures, implementing the precautionary principle: procedural elements, and implementing the precautionary principle: institutional aspects.
Keywords: environmental principles, precautionary principle, risk management, pre-damage control, post-damage control, liability
It may be important for those who disagree with the court decision to understand that the precautionary principle shifts the burden of evidence of harm away from those likely to suffer harm onto those desiring to change the status quo.