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Record information and status
Record ID
41657
Status
Published
Date of creation
2007-09-02 12:51 UTC (UNEP-GEF/6584)
Date of last update
2012-05-07 14:33 UTC (andrew.bowers@cbd.int)
Date of publication
2012-05-07 14:33 UTC (andrew.bowers@cbd.int)

General Information
Title
European Union regulation of agri-biotechnology: precautionary links between science, expertise and policy
Author
Levidow, Les; Carr, Susan; Wield, David; Centre for Technology Strategy, Open University
Author’s contact information
Centre for Technology Strategy,
Open University,
Milton Keynes
MK7 6AA, UK;

Tel: +44 1908 654782;

Fax: +44 1908 654825;

E-mails: L.Levidow@open.ac.uk;
         S.Carr@open.ac.uk;
         D.V.Wield@open.ac.uk
Language(s)
  • English
Publication date
2005-08-01
Subject
Summary, abstract or table of contents
Abstract:

Despite various institutional reforms in the European Union (EU), regulatory procedures for genetically modified (GM) products are still held up by disagreements among experts; claims about a product's safety often correspond to a narrower account of precaution than broader counter-claims from objectors. In the EU, we argue, these conflicts have given practical meaning to the concept of precaution, rather than any explicit interpretation of an a priori principle. Through dynamic tensions between the various claims and accounts of precaution, EU regulatory-expert procedures have identified and addressed more scientific uncertainties than before. Yet decisions about GM products still face legitimacy problems, because they arise fundamentally from the great burden placed on science as the basis for societal choices about agri-biotechnology.
Thematic areas
  • Biosafety policy and regulation
    • Precautionary approach (Principle 15 of Rio Declaration)
Background material to the “Guidance on risk assessment of living modified organisms”
Is this document is recommend as background material for the “Guidance on Risk Assessment of Living Modified Organisms”
Yes
Section(s) of the “Guidance on Risk Assessment of Living Modified Organisms” this background material is relevant
Additional Information
Type of resource
  • Article (journal / magazine / newspaper)
Identifier
doi: 10.3152/147154305781779452
Publisher and its location
Beech Tree Publishing, Guildford, UK
Rights
Beech Tree Publishing 2005
Format
Adobe Acrobat Reader, Paper (16 pages)
PDF
Source
Science and Public Policy
Keywords and any other relevant information
Citation: Science and Public Policy, Number 4, pages 261-276; Volume: 32.