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Olin Library: Consumer Health: HONcode

HONcode Web Site

In the Health on the Net Foundation Web site, you can do a search to identify whether a medical site has been certified by them.  Also, HON-certified Web sites normally carry the HONcode on their home page.

HONcode Principles

  • Authoritative
Indicate the qualifications of the authors
  • Complimentarity
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