Table 1

HONcode principles*

HONcode principleDescriptor
1. AuthoritativeIndicates the qualifications of the authors
2. ComplementarityInformation should support, not replace, the doctor-patient
3. PrivacyRespect the privacy and confidentiality of personal data
submitted to the site by the visitor
4. AttributionCite the source(s) of published information, date and
medical and health pages
5. JustifiabilitySite must back up claims relating to benefits and
6. TransparencyAccessible presentation, accurate email contact
7. Financial disclosureIdentify funding sources
8. Advertising policyClearly distinguish advertising from editorial content
  • *Reproduced from the HON website.27