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Évaluer des dossiers « vides ». L’expertise REACH face aux asymétries d’information.

Abstract : This article analyzes how the persistence of information asymmetries between public authorities and companies makes scientific experts appeal to economic and regulatory considerations to reach their judgement. Based on the ethnography of an expert committee in charge of evaluating hazardous chemicals, we show that the assessment activities focus on regula- tory measures rather than the study of toxicity. Toxicological data provided by companies produce organized ignorance. In order to describe risks and compare applicable management measures, the expertise comes to be about the assessment of the regulatory framework and socio-economic data. In the course of such a substitution, the evaluation becomes an act of management that affects the ontologies and treatment of risks, and replicates the experts’ dependence on corporate data.
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Henri Boullier. Évaluer des dossiers « vides ». L’expertise REACH face aux asymétries d’information.. Terrains et Travaux : Revue de Sciences Sociales, ENS Cachan, 2016. ⟨halshs-02132696⟩



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