Life Sciences Session #5: The Precautionary Principle
14/10/2021 13:30 14/10/2021 14:30 (Europe/Brussels)
Our Life Sciences team is taking the initiative to offer you short, digestible and regular online Life Sciences Sessions.
Please join us on 14 October 2021 from 13:30 to 14:30 for our fifth online Life Sciences Session focusing on the precautionary principle.
In our upcoming fifth session, our experts, Philippe de Jong and Bregt Raus, will illustrate how the precautionary principle operates and what its legal limits are, drawing conclusion from the recent case law of the EU Court of Justice.
The precautionary principle applies in various domains, ranging from food law to plant protection products to basically any domain that touches on the environment, public health or human health. This principle of EU law allows decision maker to take restrictive measures in situations characterized by scientific uncertainty. The basic idea is that by acting conservatively and not having to wait until a certain risk materializes, decision makers can avoid adverse effects.
An important question arises: when faced with uncertainty, is precaution enough to justify any restrictive decision or is the principle bound by certain limits?