The Forum believes that:
- High quality risk management decisions take place within a structured framework that emphasises a rigorous and comprehensive understanding of the need for public policy action (risk assessment), and a transparent assessment of the workability, effectiveness, costs, benefits, and legitimacy of different policy options (risk management).
- Risk management decision-making processes should ensure that outcomes are capable of meeting agreed social objectives in a proportionate manner.
- Risk management decisions should minimise negative, unintended consequences, such as new, unintended risks, economic losses, reduced personal freedoms, and restrictions on consumer choice.
- The way in which risk management decisions are made should be consistent, structured, non-discriminatory, predictable, open, transparent, evidence-based, legitimate, accountable, and, over time, subject to review.