To find reliable medical or health-related information online, you can check if the website has this seal, which indicates it is certified to adhere to the principles of the Health On the Net Foundation (HON).
The HON Code of Conduct for medical and health Web sites (HONcode)
The Health On the Net Foundation (HON) promotes and guides the deployment of useful and reliable online health information, and its appropriate and efficient use.
Created in 1995, HON is a non-profit, non-governmental organization, accredited to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.
For 20 years, HON has focused on the essential question of the provision of health information to citizens, information that respects ethical standards.
To cope with the unprecedented volume of healthcare information available on the Net, the HONcode of conduct offers a multi-stakeholder consensus on standards to protect citizens from misleading health information.
- Authoritative: Indicate the qualifications of the authors > complete version
- Complementarity: Information should support, not replace, the doctor-patient relationship > complete version
- Privacy: Respect the privacy and confidentiality of personal data submitted to the site by the visitor > complete version
- Attribution: Cite the source(s) of published information, date medical and health pages > complete version
- Justifiability: Site must back up claims relating to benefits and performance > complete version
- Transparency: Accessible presentation, accurate email contact > complete version
- Financial disclosure: Identify funding sources > complete version
- Advertising policy: Clearly distinguish advertising from editorial content > complete version