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Luna Azul

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AGUDELO MONTOYA, Germán  and  LOPEZ MEJIA, José Fernando. THE PRECAUTIONARY PRINCIPLE IN THE COLOMBIAN NATIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH PLAN: ABSENCE OR IMPIDEMENT?. Luna Azul [online]. 2009, n.28, pp.15-23. ISSN 1909-2474.

This article summarizes the final report of the research entitled "Apropiación del Principio de Precaución en las políticas públicas sanitarias: caso Plan Nacional de Salud Pública de Colombia" which is focused on the study of the Precautionary Principle and its incidence on public health policy of the Colombian legislation. The research covered the historical review of such principle in international legislation, especially on the environmental conventions. It also studied the conceptual exploration that has been carried out on the principle and its relationship with public health, particularly in regards to the Colombian National Public Health Plan, determining the principle’s acquisition or not in such plan. As parallel research points, the concepts of health and risk are treated, which come into play in this discussion in order to determine the effective incidence of precaution in the Colombian legislation. What this article intends is to show, in a synthetic way, each of the points to which the research itself makes reference, the origins and context of the Precautionary Principle; the conceptual approaches that have been used for its study, its specific relationship with Colombian legislation; the links that this principle has inside the complex concept of Public Health; and, its particular correspondence in the National Public Health Plan in Colombia. The analysis identified some useful criteria for determining the acquisition level of the Precautionary Principle of a public health policy in Colombia. In this sense, the results showed that the country possesses legislation that favors the inclusion of the Precautionary Principle within the norms, but the current National Public Health Plan does not contemplate it, neither implicitly nor explicitly.

Keywords : Precautionary Principle; Colombian Public Health National Plan; Environment; Damage; Risk; Uncertainty; Health; Colombia.

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