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World Trade Organisation agreements should be subject to health impact assessment

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 18 March 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:802
  1. Margaret Douglas, senior registrar in public health (
  1. Common Services Agency, Edinburgh EH5 3SQ

    EDITOR—Drager's editorial reminds us that the international agreements negotiated in the World Trade Organisation have wide ranging implications for public health.1 The agreements are enforceable, unlike other international agreements on the environment, human rights, and social welfare. Governments can be challenged for implementing laws intended to protect public health if they restrict free trade. In settlements of World Trade Organisation disputes so far, trade issues have …

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