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.
See also: principle
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Yet in the case of the precautionary principle, a stronger argument comes to mind--namely, that we are under the conditions of uncertainty; thus, even when an event is considered rather unlikely, the objective probability distribution is not known and, accordingly, to set a threshold becomes a somewhat arbitrary decision of the policy-maker.
Explaining the precautionary principle in Rio Declaration was widely accepted in following international agreements.
So, the idea of a precautionary principle was born.
What the court did not take into account-as it may not have been presented to it by the parties for consideration-was the study published in 2014 by the Extreme Risk Initiative as part of the New York University (NYU) School of Engineering Working Paper Series on the application of the precautionary principle to GMOs.
c) upholds the Panel's conclusion that the Precautionary Principle would not override the explicit wording of Articles 5.
The precautionary principle is a cornerstone element of many international regulatory regimes, including REACH.
It is, therefore, an Islamic principle clearly supportive of application of the precautionary principle to biotech produce and products containing them.
Ten years later, it notes that little if any progress has been made in applying the precautionary principle.
The precautionary principle is defined as a cautionary action to avoid the possibility of harm.
I] n our regulation of food and consumer products, we don't implement the precautionary principle.
Last and most important, both CMP and REACH invoke the use of the precautionary principle as the fundamental component of its risk management system.