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Mar 3, 2021
08:00 AM - 09:00 AM

Increasing Understanding and Use of Risk-based Decision Making

SDP Free Webinar - Co-Sponsored with the Decision Analysis Society (DAS)

Speaker: Kara M Morgan, Associate Director, Center for Foodborne Illness Research and Prevention, Ohio State University.
Moderator: Karen Jenni, Decision Scientist, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Risk-based decision-making (RBDM) is a term that is used frequently as an aspirational goal in health, engineering, environmental science and regulatory settings. The term is gaining wide acceptance and implies a level of rigor and focus that many decision makers and stakeholders are interested in pursuing. However, it is unclear exactly what is meant by this term. In the literature, a wide range of criteria are used to characterize a decision process as being “risk-based.” This study summarizes peer-reviewed and gray literature from the last fifty years in the agricultural, environmental and medical areas that uses this term. A foundational definition is proposed to represent the most fundamental use of the term “risk-based decision making” as reflected in this literature, with three branches identified covering the additional concepts that are presented. The results from this research will inform practitioners interested in following the principles of risk-based decision making, and will help guide researchers who are interested in advancing this approach. The most immediate use will be to guide the development of a roadmap for a risk-based food safety system for Low and Middle Income countries, to aid the global food safety community in moving in this direction.
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