This past March 2009 the EORTC website was certified by HONcode, a code of ethical conduct established by the Health On the Net (HON) Foundation. HON is a non-governmental organization internationally recognized for its pioneering work in the field of health information ethics. The HONcode is a set of principles established by HON and designed to hold Web site developers to basic ethical and quality standards in the presentation of information.
Accreditation of a website is based on a website’s compliance with the HONcode principles. The HONcode principles ensure that readers always know the source and the purpose of the data they are reading, and that their privacy and confidentiality are respected. Furthermore, it requires that website contact details be transparent, the funding sources of the site be clearly disclosed, and the advertising policy of the site be clearly stated.