Promotes and guides the deployment of useful and reliable online health information, and its appropriate and efficient use. Created in 1995, HON is a non-profit, non-governmental organization, accredited to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.
For 15 years, HON has focused on the essential question of the provision of health information to citizens, information that respects ethical standards. To cope with the unprecedented volume of healthcare information available on the Internet, the HONcode of conduct offers a multi-stakeholder consensus on standards to protect citizens from misleading health information.
The HONcode is not an award system, nor does it intend to rate the quality of the information provided by a website. It only defines a set of rules to: hold website developers to basic ethical standards in the presentation of information, and help make sure readers always know the source and the purpose of the data they are reading.
HON is funded by the State of Geneva, several European projects, the French National Health Authority (HAS) and the Provisu foundation. HON has been supported by the Geneva Hospital since its inception.