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What is the Precautionary Principle?

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The precautionary principle is a legal and ethical guideline that states that products, technologies and materials that may harm the public should not be released on the market until they can be shown to be safe. It essentially states that burden of proof is on the side of safety not harm.
In the past, it was often required to show beyond a doubt that a product is harmful to pull it from the market. The precautionary principle is the opposite approach, that states a product should be generally accepted as safe before being launched on the market.
Overview: Precautionary Principle
A legal and ethical guideline that requires new products, technologies, materials and byproducts to be generally accepted as safe before being released to the public or introduced into the environment.
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