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principle

1. a rule or law concerning a natural phenomenon or the behaviour of a system
2. Chem a constituent of a substance that gives the substance its characteristics and behaviour

Principle

 

the basic initial assumption of any theory, teaching, science, world view, or political organization; an individual’s internal conviction, which determines his relationship to reality, behavioral norms, and activity; the basic characteristic of the structure of any mechanism or apparatus.

principle

[′prin·sə·pəl]
(science and technology)
A scientific law which is highly general or fundamental, and from which other laws are derived.
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From this perspective the precautionary principle may be seen as a basis to counter existing barriers and thereby to avoid predictable surprises.
In February 2000, the European Commission issued a Bulletin on the precautionary principle to explain with important details its opinions on what this principle represents and how it should be used in the EU environmental policy decisions.
The precautionary principle states that, "in cases of serious or irreversible threats to the health of humans or ecosystems, acknowledged scientific uncertainty should not be used as a reason to postpone preventive measures" (Martuzzi and Tickner, 2004: 7).
Using mathematical models, they argued that GMOs fall squarely under the precautionary principle because their risk was systemic.
We should note that the European communities invoked the Precautionary Principle, that the measures it implemented are based on a risk assessment.
The "strong" version of the precautionary principle has been significantly criticized.
The EEA recommends wider use of the precautionary principle to reduce potential risks of largely untested technologies and chemicals.
By framing the issues in this way, Kessler (2011) intimated that the precautionary principle could serve as a valuable guide for future research and policy making.
While Canada's CMP utilizes a more traditional interpretation of the precautionary principle, the European Union's REACH employs a form of reverse onus.
The precautionary principle is one of the central concepts of modern environmental policy.