Before and beyond the precautionary principle: epistemology of uncertainty in science and law.

@article{Tallacchini2005BeforeAB,
  title={Before and beyond the precautionary principle: epistemology of uncertainty in science and law.},
  author={Mariachiara Tallacchini},
  journal={Toxicology and applied pharmacology},
  year={2005},
  volume={207 2 Suppl},
  pages={
          645-51
        }
}
The precautionary principle has become, in European regulation of science and technology, a general principle for the protection of the health of human beings, animals, plants, and the environment. It requires that "[w]here there are threats of serious or irreversible damage, lack of full scientific certainty shall not be used as a reason for postponing cost-effective measures to prevent environmental degradation". By focusing on situations of scientific uncertainty where data are lacking… CONTINUE READING

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