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Problem formulation and hypothesis testing for environmental risk assessments of genetically modified crops

Alan Raybould
2006 Environmental Biosafety Research  
Environmental risk assessments can provide high confidence of minimal risk by testing theories, "risk hypotheses", that predict the likelihood of unacceptable harmful events. The creation of risk hypotheses and a plan to test them is called problem formulation. Effective problem formulation seeks to maximize the possibility of detecting effects that indicate potential risk; if such effects are not detected, minimal risk is indicated with high confidence. Two important implications are that
more » ... tions are that artificial test conditions can increase confidence, whereas prescriptive data requirements can reduce confidence (increase uncertainty) if they constrain problem formulation. Poor problem formulation can increase environmental risk because it leads to the collection of superfluous data that may delay or prevent the introduction of environmentally beneficial products.
doi:10.1051/ebr:2007004 pmid:17445509 fatcat:olhcpkiwvbaivdkvwlcgf3t3qi