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Managing scientific uncertainty in health legislation

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Legislation and regulation of biomedical research is seldom a one‐off process since biomedical science evolves rapidly, dynamically and often unpredictably. This paper discusses the challenges faced by regulators who need to produce legislation and policy in rapidly changing fields and outlines some practical suggestions for managing law reform and policy‐making under these circumstances.

Keywords: discourse; ethics; legislation; peer review

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine, University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Publication date: 2007-02-01

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