The HONcode commitment to reliable health and medical information on the internet
The HONcode certification is an ethical standard aimed at offering quality health information. It demonstrates the intent of a website to publish transparent information. The transparency of the website will improve the usefulness and objectivity of the information and the publishment of correct data.
HONcode is the oldest and the most used ethical and trustworthy code for medical and health related information available on the Internet.The HONcode is designed for three target audiences: the general public, the health professionals and the web publisher, actively involving the site owner in the process of certification.
The HON Foundation is a Non-Governmental Organization, internationally known for its pioneering work in the field of health information ethics, notably for the establishment of its code of ethical conduct, the HONcode.
The HONcode: Principles
Principle 1: Authority
Give qualifications of authors
Principle 2: Complementarity
Information to support, not replace
Principle 3: Confidentiality
Respect the privacy of site users
Principle 4: Attribution
Cite the sources and dates of medical information
Principle 5: Justifiability
Justification of claims / balanced and objective claims
Principle 6: Transparency
Accessibility, provide valid contact details
Principle 7: Financial disclosure
Provide details of funding
Principle 8: Advertising
Clearly distinguish advertising from editorial content