What is the Precautionary Principle, and is it Good or Bad? 2

What is the Precautionary Principle, and is it Good or Bad?



Plenty of people have an opinion on whether the precautionary principle is good or bad, but what exactly is it?

Risk Bites dives into the precautionary principle, and provides an essential background for understanding its relevance in areas like responsible innovation and risk innovation.

RESOURCES
The Precautionary Principle website: http://www.precautionaryprinciple.eu/
UNESCO — The Precautionary Principle (2005) — PDF http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0013/001395/139578e.pdf

Communication from the European Commission on the Precautionary Principle (2000) — PDF http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/health_consumer/library/pub/pub07_en.pdf

The Precautionary Principle and European Union Legislation: http://europa.eu/legislation_summaries/consumers/consumer_safety/l32042_en.htm

The Paralyzing Principle (2002) — by Cass Sunstein, in case you are interested in an alternative perspective — PDF http://object.cato.org/sites/cato.org/files/serials/files/regulation/2002/12/v25n4-9.pdf

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Research Director: David Faulkner

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