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Certificate of compliance with the Code of Conduct HONcode

HONcode status The health Website
South African Medical Research Council
is in compliance with the HONcode

Title of the site:South African Medical Research Council
Web address:http://www.mrc.ac.za/
HONcode PIN number :HONConduct155422
Date of initial review: 19 Feb 2007
Validity of certificate13 Sep 2012 - Sep 2014
Date of last visit25 Feb 2014
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This certificate confirms the revision of the site by the HONcode Team at the above date.
It respects and pledges to honor the 8 principles of the HON Code of Conduct (HONcode).

* 1. Authoritative   2. Complementarity   3. Privacy   4. Attribution   5. Justifiability   6. Transparency
    7. Financial disclosure   8. Advertising policy

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The Health on the Net (HON) certificate serves as a guarantee that this website, at the date of its certification, complies with and pledges to honor the 8 principles of the HON Code of Conduct as drawn up by the HON foundation.

The responsible of the certified site commits to keep the site in compliance with the HON code principles for the duration of the certification.

Although measures such as a complaint mechanism, the periodical review and the automatic surveillance mechanisms are put in place to guarantee the compliance of the certified website with the ethical principles of HON as much as possible, incidental inaccuracies cannot be completely excluded. In no event the HON foundation and/or its partner(s) can be held liable for any damages resulting from the use or inability to use HON certified websites nor can the HON foundation and/or its partner(s) be held liable for the content of these certified websites, including, but not limited to the information of third-parties or hyperlinks accessible via HON certified websites.

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You will find below the elements identified by the HONcode team at a precise date to justify the respect of the 8 ethical principles.

The content of this certificate has been collected and written by the Health On the Net Foundation (HON) and should not be used without previous permission granted by HON. A request for permission can be sent to: HON.

1. Information must be authoritative
MRC Board members 1 November 2010 to 31 October 2013

Prof Lizo Mazwai - Chairperson
Professor Mazwai is a retired Professor of Surgery and Chief Specialist from the Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital. He is currently a Specialist General Surgeon at St Mary’s Private Hospital in Mthatha. Professor Mazwai has a wide range of experience in the health sector, which includes sitting on a number of committees. He has also published extensively, in both journals and on the Internet.

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2. Presentation of the site
Our mission
To improve the nation's health and quality of life through promoting and conducting relevant and responsive health research
  (13 Sep 2012) - Link

Content on the MRC's website is aimed at the research community, the general public and government with the purpose to transfer research knowledge generated by the MRC to all its stakeholders.
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Purpose of the website
The purpose of our content is to support but in no way replace the doctor-patient relationship. As a research science council, MRC does not provide medical advice.
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3. Confidentiality
7. Privacy

7.1 The MRC shall take all reasonable steps to protect the personal information of Users and for the purpose of this clause, “personal information” shall be defined as detailed in the Promotion of Access to Information Act 2 of 2000 (PAIA).

7.2 The MRC may electronically collect, store and use the following personal information of Users:

7.2.1 name and surname;
7.2.2 area code;
7.2.3 street address;
7.2.4 postal address;
7.2.5 title;
7.2.6 contact num...
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4. Information must be documented: Referenced and dated
Only data for one sample are displayed among those selected.
Decongestants, antihistamines and nasal irrigation for acute sinusitis in children.

Citation: Shaikh N, Wald ER, Pi M. Decongestants, antihistamines and nasal irrigation for acute sinusitis in children. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2012, Issue 9. Art. No.: CD007909. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD007909.pub3.
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Last updated:
13 September, 2012
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5. Justification of claims
This principle is not applicable for this site 

6. User support and adequation
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7. Disclosure of funding sources
MRC is funded by the South African government and national and international grants.
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8. Advertising policy
The MRC website is not used for advertisements.
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