A system established in the European Union that operates at the planning stage of a proposed development and begins by considering how the proposed development could affect ecosystems and human health, taking into account the necessary measures to eliminate as far as possible any adverse effects that the development might have. High priority is given to measures intended to prevent pollution or contamination of the air, water, soil, and food. This system came into operation in the European Union following a legislative directive in 1996. See http://europa.eu.int/comm/environment/ippc/.
Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology — Law.