Science-Based Regulation

The U.S. model

The concept of science-based regulation may seem straightforward, but past regulatory decisions in the U.S. and the regulatory process in Europe have shown that the idea may be in the eye of the beholder.

In simplest terms, science-based regulation means regulating a product based on scientific evidence about the product itself. That means leaving out economic, social or political factors, such as whether or not allowing the product on the market would have a differential impact on, say, large farmers or small farmers, as was the argument with bovine somatotropin (bST).