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HONcode status
Certificate of compliance with the Code of Conduct HONcode

HONcode status The health Website
Patients As Partners in Surgical Care
is in compliance with the HONcode

Title of the site:Patients As Partners in Surgical Care
Web address:http://www.facs.org/patienteducation/
Mirror address(es):http://www.facs.org/
HONcode PIN number :HONConduct765125
Date of initial review: 27 Jan 2010
Validity of certificate20 Dec 2011 - Dec 2013
Date of last visit06 Mar 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

HONcode status
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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
Staff Contacts and Responsibilities
  (20 Dec 2011) - Link

2. Presentation of the site
The mission of the American College of Surgeons Division of Education is to improve the quality of surgical care through lifelong learning based on educational programs and products designed to enhance the competence or performance of practicing surgeons, surgery residents, and members of the surgical team.
  (20 Dec 2011) - Link

....for practicing surgeons, surgery residents, medical students, surgical patients, and the public...
  (20 Dec 2011) - Link

Purpose of the website
The information published on this Web site is intended to educate you about specific medical conditions and surgical procedures. The content is not intended to take the place of a discussion with a qualified surgeon who is familiar with your medical situation. It is important to remember that each individual is different, and the reasons for—and outcomes of—any operation depend on the patient's individual condition. If you have questions or concerns after reading any information on this Web site, you should discuss them openly and honestly with your surgeon.

  (20 Dec 2011) - Link

3. Confidentiality
American College of Surgeon's Privacy Policy
  (20 Dec 2011) - Link

4. Information must be documented: Referenced and dated
Revised December 13, 2011
  (20 Dec 2011) - Link

5. Justification of claims
This principle is not applicable for this site 

6. User support and adequation
Contact the American College of Surgeons
  (20 Dec 2011) - Link

7. Disclosure of funding sources
The American College of Surgeons (ACS) patient education Web pages are funded and maintained by ACS.
  (20 Dec 2011) - Link

8. Advertising policy
ACS requires a clear differentiation between content and advertising. Advertisers must not play a role in selecting or editing health information.
  (20 Dec 2011) - Link

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