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Terms & Conditions

Use of the website
By entering our site, users agree to the following terms and conditions.

Should we choose to change our Usage and Privacy Policy for any reason, the changes will be posted here.

Public Health Observatories exists to support the public health workforce and others by providing better access to population health data, methods and expertise. Users must only use the website for lawful purposes, and in a manner that does not infringe the rights of, or restrict or inhibit the use of the site by, any third party.

Users must not:

  • use the contribute, feedback or discussion facilities to send abusive messages, or to spread sexist, racist or obscene material;
  • attempt to impair the running of the site or corrupt its content.
  • use data or other resources obtained from the site for commercial purposes.

In such circumstances, we will:

  • de-register such users;
  • report them to their host organisation's IT department;
  • inform the police if appropriate.


We receive no support through advertising or sponsorship, and will not accept any advertising on this website.


The data and information provided on the website are intended to support the activities of the public health workforce. We will endeavour to ensure that the content of the site is current, accurate and relevant.

Responsibility for use of the content rests with the user In some cases restrictions are placed on who can use the data and for what purpose. It is the user's responsibility to read the metadata associated with any resource and to comply with any copyrights, usage restrictions, etc.

With regard to personal information contained in the database of registered users, some or all of which may be made visible on the website according to that user's consent, We accept no liability arising from such disclosure.


We cannot guarantee uninterrupted access to this website. We accept no responsibility for any damages arising from the loss of use of this information.

The website provides a number of links to other Internet sites for the convenience of users. We make best efforts to ensure that we link only to reputable sites; however, we are not responsible for the availability or content of these external sites, or for any consequence arising from visiting these sites.

Linking to the website

Users are welcome to link to the website. We recommend that when setting up a link it should be to the home page or the search page, with a recommended search term provided. Different users will have different access permissions to the resources, therefore a link direct to one resource may not work for all users.

Links to the site are also subject to the material being reproduced accurately and not being used in a derogatory manner or in a misleading context, and the source (including URL) must be acknowledged.


The metadatabase on which this website is based is archived regularly. Note that, in most cases, new resources are made available in addition to those already there, rather than overwriting older versions.