We have designed Lab Tests Online-UK to comply with the eight principles of the Health On the Net (HON) Code of Conduct for medical and health web sites. We are currently undergoing initial review in our application.
The HON Code of Conduct lists the following principles:
1. Authority: Any medical or health advice provided and hosted on this site will only be given by medically trained and qualified professionals unless a clear statement is made that a piece of advice offered is from a non-medically qualified individual or organisation.
Lab Tests Online-UK (LTO-UK): All medically-related information on the site has been obtained from qualified resources.
2. Complementarity: The information provided on this site is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her existing healthcare professional.
LTO-UK: Our primary objective is to help public understanding about lab testing in order to help improved doctor-patient communication. We encourage patients and carers to learn as much as they want about their health care so that they can become active partners with their doctors in looking after their own health.
3. Privacy: Confidentiality of data relating to individual patients and visitors to a medical/health Web site, including their identity, is respected by this Web site. The Web site owners undertake to honour or exceed the legal requirements of medical/health information privacy that apply in the country and state where the Web site and mirror sites are located.
4. Attribution: Where appropriate, information contained on this site will be supported by clear references to source data and, where possible, have specific HTML links to that data. The date when a clinical page was last modified will be clearly displayed (e.g., at the bottom of the page).
LTO-UK: Because this site is designed for patients and carers, we have not included references to source data for the sake of readability. If there is a question regarding a source for a specific piece of information, please send an email from the Contact Us page with your query.
At the bottom of every page containing substantive content, we include the date that the page or article was last reviewed and the date it was last modified.
5. Justifiability: Any claims relating to the benefits/performance of a specific treatment, commercial product or service will be supported by appropriate, balanced evidence in the manner outlined above in Principle 4.
LTO-UK: Not applicable to our site as we do not discuss or advocate specific treatments or promote commercial products or services.
6. Transparency: The designers of this Web site will seek to provide information in the clearest possible manner and provide contact addresses for visitors that seek further information or support. The Webmaster will display his/her E-mail address clearly throughout the Web site.
LTO-UK: For our feature articles, we do note the author and sources for the information. Our editorial board has been responsible for reviewing all test, condition/diseases, and screening pages; we also note on this page the contributions of individuals who have reviewed or written material. We have not provided e-mail addresses for specific individuals on this site out of respect for their privacy. However, questions to the Webmaster can be submitted from the Contact Us page.
7. Financial disclosure: Support for this Web site will be clearly identified, including the identities of commercial and non-commercial organisations that have contributed funding, services or material for the site.
LTO-UK: These organisations are clearly identified on our home page, and again on our Partners and page which include brief descriptions of each organisation and a link to its web site.
8. Advertising policy: If advertising is a source of funding it will be clearly stated. A brief description of the advertising policy adopted by the Web site owners will be displayed on the site. Advertising and other promotional material will be presented to viewers in a manner and context that facilitates differentiation between it and the original material created by the institution operating the site.
LTO-UK: There is no advertising on the site. Sponsors of the US Lab Tests Online site, who provide funding for that site, provided advice and assistance in promoting Lab Tests Online. They were not involved in the editorial development of the site.