||The Precautionary Framework is an overarching concept encompassing procedures to consider in managing risks that are either known (i.e. relatively established and certain) or uncertain. It is intended that the precautionary framework provides knowledge at all key stages and thus ensure a more comprehensive understanding of overall or aggregate risk. The Precautionary Framework also provides ways to develop options for reducing exposure to physical, chemical or biological agents, to assess and select the option or options most appropriate for the risk being considered, and facilitates implementation, evaluation and monitoring the chosen option(s). Risk management within the Precautionary Framework is an iterative process and encourages the development of new information and understanding. By involving a wide range of stakeholders in the process, the Precautionary Framework requires clarification of stakeholder interests as well as transparency in the way decisions are made.