precautionary principle


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precautionary principle

n
the precept that an action should not be taken if the consequences are uncertain and potentially dangerous
Translations
principe de précaution
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As argued, the precautionary principle is appropriately applied with respect to activities or products posing serious threats to the environment or citizens' health and safety.
Thirdly, the precautionary principle applies to both biosafety and biotechnology products.
We must apply the precautionary principle in assessing the response of the Earth to human activity.
In this article, we use a case study of the 2001 Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) to examine the role of the precautionary principle in international environmental law and policy.
Objective: The goal of this project is to supplement or replace the precautionary principle with decision guidance that better handles both normative and empirical uncertainty in contexts of speculative but potentially catastrophic consequences.
Isn't it about time that our local council applied the precautionary principle and stopped the use of potential hazards to our people?
The governing theme must be the precautionary principle, the highest safety standards in the face of this virulent disease, so that no nurses, other frontline health workers, or patients have to put their lives in jeopardy," DeMoro said.
The European Commission must uphold the European Union's precautionary principle when dealing with farming and food production methods in talks with the United States on the prospective Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), European civil society groups have warned.
This Note argues that (1) that the current US chemical regulatory system should be replaced with a regulatory scheme founded on the strong precautionary principle, which places the burden on chemical manufacturers to affirmatively prove the safety of their chemicals; (8) (2) that such a scheme will lower the demand for chemical safety information needed for regulation while incentivizing data production; (9) (3) that this information must be transparent and publicly available for peer-review;10 (4) that there must be an administrative appeals process for challenging chemical safety decisions; and (5) that the entire scheme must acknowledge both the realities of data shortage and the significant demands that these requirements place on the chemical manufacturing industry.
Here we have a policy opposed by persons concerned about effects of a chemical accumulating in human bodies over decades, persons who would apply the precautionary principle to fluoridation in exactly the way progressives have used it to forestall every other technological advance in memory.
Concept and Application of the Precautionary Principle in Nanobiotechnology
They are in line with international laws on application of precautionary principle contained in the Cartagena Protocol made under the Convention on Biological Diversity and the SPS Agreement, a part of the WTO legal regime.