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The harm-reduction principle for regulating products and activities that pose a risk to health

Innovation and technology can help improve citizens’ lifestyles, by offering production systems, processes and products able to change habits that pose a danger to health: this potential can, indeed must, be considered when it comes to defining public policies.

The harm-reduction principle for regulating products and activities that pose a risk to health

The European House – Ambrosetti has embarked on a process of in-depth study regarding the guiding principles for the definition of policies regulating innovative products and activities, characterized by a lower risk to human health if compared with those traditionally available to consumers.

One of the guiding principles widely used by lawmakers in Italy and in Europe is the harm-reduction principle, based on the assumption that innovation and technology can contribute, in a variety of fields, to improving citizens’ lifestyles, by offering production systems, processes and products able to change habits that pose a danger to health, and that this potential can, indeed must, be considered when it comes to defining public policies.

With this in mind, The European House - Ambrosetti has drafted a program of study aimed at introducing a debate on the role of the harm-reduction principle and the benefits of its application on the part of lawmakers.

Under the program, a technical working group for discussion has been formed, which has met three times in Rome, tackling the following issues:

  • the role of the “harm-reduction principle” in the formulation of policies to safeguard citizens;
  • the harm-reduction principle and communication aimed at citizens;
  • regulations supporting the harm-reduction principle: safeguards for citizens and incentives for innovation.

The document “The harm-reduction principle for regulating products and activities that pose a risk to health” illustrates the reflections and contributions that emerged during the in-depth study program, produced as part of a research study on smokeless tobacco products undertaken in collaboration with Philip Morris.


Read the complete Position Paper (It.)



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