Enhancing the role of science in the decision-making of the European Union

Regul Toxicol Pharmacol. 2006 Feb;44(1):4-13. doi: 10.1016/j.yrtph.2005.08.008. Epub 2005 Nov 2.


Used well, science provides effective ways of identifying potential risks, protecting citizens, and using resources wisely. It enables government decisions to be based on evidence and provides a foundation for a rule-based framework that supports global trade. To ensure that the best available science becomes a key input in the decisions made by EU institutions, this abridged version of a working paper produced for the European Policy Centre, a leading, independent think tank, considers how science is currently used in the policy and decision-making processes of the EU, what the limitations of scientific evidence are, and how a risk assessment process based on scientific 'good practices' can be advantageous. Finally, the paper makes recommendations on how to improve the use of science by EU institutions.

MeSH terms

  • Decision Making*
  • Environment
  • European Union
  • Policy Making*
  • Public Health
  • Risk Assessment
  • Science*