Adequacy conditions for reporting uncertainty in chemical risk assessments
2006 (English)In: Human and Ecological Risk Assessment, ISSN 1080-7039, Vol. 12, no 5, 834-855 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Uncertainty may influence decision-making. A prerequisite for a decision to be well founded is thus that scientific experts inform decision-makers about all decision relevant uncertainty. A set of conditions is provided for adequate characterization of scientific uncertainty for the purposes of regulatory decision-making. These conditions require specification of (1) the character and degree of uncertainty about the assessment variables, (2) the possibility of reducing the uncertainty, and (3) the degree of agreement among experts. Furthermore, it is required that (4) the information covered by the previous conditions is presented in a clear and comprehensible way. The point of departure is that characterizing scientific uncertainty conceptually means specifying all potentially important possibilities that are consistent with the state of scientific knowledge. The conditions are intended to be applied to human health risk assessment of chemicals. However, the basic approach, to consider potentially important possibilities, should be useful also to environmental, and site-specific risk assessment.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2006. Vol. 12, no 5, 834-855 p.
uncertainty, risk characterization, characterization of uncertainty, risk assessment, risk management
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-27190DOI: 10.1080/10807030600826748ISI: 000240352100003ScopusID: 2-s2.0-33748501715OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-27190DiVA: diva2:375630
QC 201012082010-12-082010-12-082010-12-08Bibliographically approved