Health on the Net Certification
The Health on the Net Foundation Code of Conduct (HONcode) for medical and health Web sites addresses one of Internet’s main healthcare issues: the reliability and credibility of information.
The Health On the Net Foundation has elaborated the Code of Conduct to help standardise the reliability of medical and health information available on the World-Wide Web. The Code includes:
- Authoritative: Indicate the qualifications of the authors
- Complementarity: Information should support, not replace, the doctor-patient relationship
- Privacy: Respect the privacy and confidentiality of personal data submitted to the site by the visitor
- Attribution: Cite the source(s) of published information, date and medical and health pages
- Justifiability: Site must back up claims relating to benefits and performance
- Transparency: Accessible presentation, accurate email contact
- Financial disclosure: Identify funding sources
- Advertising policy: Clearly distinguish advertising from editorial content
Nephrology On-Demand received the HONcode certification on July 5, 2010.
The HONcode is not an award system, nor does it intend to rate the quality of the information provided by Nephrology On-Demand. It only defines a set of rules to:
- hold Web site developers to basic ethical standards in the presentation of information
- help make sure readers always know the source and the purpose of the data they are reading