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Environnement, Risques & Santé


Évaluation des risques et avis des comités d’experts : avons-nous besoin de revoir notre manière de faire ? Volume 19, issue 3, May-June 2020


This news is based on the following article: Maxim L. Procedural infuences on scientific advisory work. Journal of Environmental Planning Management 2019 ; 62 : 229-47. Doi : 10.1080/09640568.2017.1407299


According to this article, institutional assessments, or rather the opinions produced by assessment agencies, particularly in health security, are heavily criticized not only by civil society organizations, but also more and more frequently by scientists. Can we ignore the increasingly serious controversy surrounding the use and toxicity of pesticides? Also, as a simple and honest science practitioner, can I accept that two agencies can provide different, or even contradictory, assessment conclusions, concerning glyphosate? In theory, opinions are based on the same scientific literature; but is this the case in practice?