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Certificate of compliance with the Code of Conduct HONcode


HONcode status The health Website
National Library of Medicine's MedlinePlus
is in compliance with the HONcode


Title of the site:National Library of Medicine's MedlinePlus
Web address:http://www.medlineplus.gov/
HONcode PIN number :HONConduct166259
Date of initial review: 06 Sep 1999
Validity of certificate16 Oct 2013 - Oct 2015
Date of last visit25 Feb 2014

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
National Institutes of Health MedlinePlus Advisory Group
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2. Presentation of the site
Mission:
MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health's Web site for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free.
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Audience: The website is intended for the general public
 
MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health's Web site for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free.
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Purpose of the website
It is not the intention of NLM to provide specific medical advice, but rather to provide users with information to better understand their health and their diagnosed disorders. Specific medical advice will not be provided, and NLM urges you to consult with a qualified physician for diagnosis and for answers to your personal questions.
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3. Confidentiality
The type of information collected and cookies are presented on the page
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/privacy.html
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) provides this Web site as a public service. We do not collect any personally identifiable information (PII) about you when you visit our Web sites unless you choose to provide that information to us. We do collect some data about your visit to our Web site to help us better understand how the public uses the site and how to make it more helpful. NLM never collects information for commercial marketing or any purpose unrelated to NLM's functions.
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4. Information must be documented: Referenced and dated
Only data for one sample are displayed among those selected.
Drugs, Herbs and Supplements

Prescription and over-the-counter medication information is from AHFS® Consumer Medication Information, copyrighted by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), Inc., Bethesda, Maryland; Copyright © 2011. All Rights Reserved.

Information on herbs and supplements is from Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database Consumer Version. Copyright ©1995 – 2011. Therapeutic Research Faculty, publishers of Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database, Prescriber's Letter, Pharmacist's Letter. All rights reserved.
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Page last updated: 25 September 2013
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5. Justification of claims
All necessary info provided about drugs/supplements
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6. User support and adequation
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7. Disclosure of funding sources
A service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine
From the National Institutes of HealthNational Institutes of Health
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8. Advertising policy
There is no advertising on this site, nor does MedlinePlus endorse any company or product

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