Precautionary policies and health protection : principles and applications : report on WHO workshop, Rome, Italy 28-29 May 2001
AbstractChanges in society and rapid developments in technology are producing an ever-increasing variety of agents that may pose unknown risks to human health. Countries and international bodies call for a precautionary approach in making policy choices, and the precautionary principle has received increasing attention as a tool for decision-making in situations of scientific uncertainty. The rationale for applying precautionary policies in the environmental and public health fields is being debated, however, and criteria for developing specific policies remain controversial. WHO therefore convened a workshop: to clarify the concepts and principles of and the options for precautionary policies on the environment and health; to describe the current progress of the work in the field; and to identify the priorities and direction for further work, with special reference to exposure to electromagnetic fields. The workshop started a process in which WHO would review and evaluate the precautionary principle and its application in public health matters. The participants urged that WHO pursue this task
World Health Organization. Regional Office for Europe. (2002). Precautionary policies and health protection : principles and applications : report on WHO workshop, Rome, Italy 28-29 May 2001. Copenhagen : WHO Regional Office for Europe. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/107399
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