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Science and norms in policies for sustainable development: Assessing and managing risks of chemical substances and genetically modifed organisms in the European Union
Karlstad University, Faculty of Social and Life Sciences, Department of Health and Environmental Sciences.
2006 (English)In: Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology 44, 49-56Article in journal (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Use of chemical substances and genetically modifed organisms cause complex problems characterised by scientifc uncertainty and controversies. Aiming at sustainable development, policies for assessment, and management of risks in the two areas are under development in the European Union. The article points out that both science and norms play a central role in risk assessment as well as risk management and suggests that the precautionary principle, the principle of public participation, and the polluter pays principle, all adopted in the European Union, offer a way to operationalise the concept of sustainable development. It is shown, however, that a number of steps ought to be taken to better implement the principles through different policy measures. In doing so, and by recognising the role of both science and norms, the decision-making on risks related to the use of chemicals or genetically modifed organisms can be improved to better promote sustainable development

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Keyword [en]
Science, Norms, Sustainable development, Risk management, Risk assessment, GMO, REACH, Precautionary principle, Public participation, Polluter pays principle
National Category
Energy Systems
Research subject
Environmental and Energy Systems
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-23251OAI: diva2:597006
Available from: 2013-01-22 Created: 2013-01-22 Last updated: 2013-01-22

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