The scientific basis of applying the Precautionary Principle in biotechnology-related potential trade conflicts

The study undertook an analysis of the risk assessment requirements for those products and processes of biotechnology, which are regarded as potential threats to human health and/or the environment by one trade partner only and which are therefore subject to potential trade conflicts.

It examined the contrasting outcomes of

  • the WTO beef hormone dispute,
  • the Bovine Somatotropine (r-BST) dispute and
  • the Austrian ban to Monsanto's Bt-GM maize.

The study focussed on what was deemed an appropriate risk assessment and on what scientific evidence was deemed adequate for the Precautionary Principle to be invoked. It aimed to codify a body of tacit knowledge and to contribute to the development of comprehensive regulatory approaches.

This project was carried out under the auspicies of ESTO coordinated by Erik Millstone, SPRU Sussex, Brighton, UK.

Publikationen

Publikationen

  • Millstone, E., van Zwanenberg, P., Marris, C., Levidow, L., & Torgersen, H. (2004). Science in trade disputes related to potential risks: comparative case studies, IPTS technical report series EUR 21301 EN, European Commission Joint Research Centre / IPTS Institute for Prospective Technological Studies, Brussels/Luxembourg. doi:/10.1553/ITA-pb-c13
  • Torgersen, H. (2001). Das Vorsorgeprinzip – nur ein Instrument für das Risikomanagement?. Ita-Newsletter, 6.
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Konferenzbeiträge/Vorträge

Konferenzbeiträge/Vorträge

  • 21/05/2001
    Helge Torgersen: 
    Das Vorsorgeprinzip als Reparaturmaßnahme – Gentechnikregulierung in der EU
    Vortrag auf der TA'01 (Technikfolgenforschung in Österreich), ITA, Wien
    Other Lecture
  • 13/03/2001
    Helge Torgersen: 
    Das Vorsorgeprinzip als Reparaturmaßnahme – Versuche
    das policy-Problem Gentechnik durch Ausweitung zu lösen, Vortrag an der Akademie für Technikfolgenabschätzung, Baden-Württemberg, am 13. März.
    Other Lecture
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Duration

10/2000 - 05/2001

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