The Precautionary Principle in Times of Intermingled Uncertainty and Risk: Some Regulatory Complexities

M.B.A. van Asselt*, E. Vos

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This article explores the use of the precautionary principle in situations of intermingled uncertainty and risk. It analyses how the so-called uncertainty paradox works out by examining the Pfizer case. It reveals regulatory complexities that result from contradictions in precautionary thinking. In conclusion, a plea is made for embedment of uncertainty information, while stressing the need to rethink regulatory reform in the broader sense.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-41
JournalWater Science and Technology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2005

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