Health On the Net (HON) mission is to guide lay persons or non-medical users and medical practitioners to useful and reliable online medical and health information. HON provides leadership in setting ethical standards for Web site developers.
The Health On the Net Foundation has elaborated the Code of Conduct to help standardize the reliability of medical and health information available on the World-Wide Web.
The HONcode is not an award system, nor does it intend to rate the quality of the information provided by a Web site. It only defines a set of rules to:
– hold Web site developers to basic ethical standards in the presentation of information;
– help make sure readers always know the source and the purpose of the data they are reading.
HONcode membership is free and you can apply for it to get their logo on your medical website.
The HONcode toolbar is easy to download and add to your favorite web browser.
It connects in realtime to the HON server to verify the accreditation status of health/medical websites, does not collect any personal information from you, and contains no ‘spyware’ or hidden functions.
So next time you go looking for medical information, check the HON code.