In order to become a genuine member of the ISD website and be able to acquire valuable information, research and posts, ISD access agreement has to be followed and part of it is to become an ISD member.
Only the members have the permission to access the forum that tackles major topics related to International Society of Dermatology and one can only remain a member through continuous online participation and adherence to the rules and regulation of ISD. Joining the said discussion would require an official membership as a way of starting the access agreement.
It has to be noted that certain rules have to be followed in the ISD access agreement such as making sure that when posting in the Discussion forum, members will only provide related topics when it comes to the International study and treatment of dermatology and avoid any spams or product advertisements.
It is also necessary for the members to follow the standards for Privacy of information including electronic safety rule or the security rules that are present in the U.S Department of Health and Human Services. Bear in mind that the members should avoid posting the names of the patient and any photos that might identify them as well as other characteristics as there is no guarantee for its confidentiality.
However, the items found in the discussion forum can be reproduced by the members and this can be posted and downloaded as well as disseminated and therefore members have to be careful and discreet when providing information with regards to their patients.
Users should also remember that any posted information is neither a direct recommendation nor an endorsement for a certain disease and for particular patients; rather, these are just sources of information that can facilitate the discussion or the given topic.
In the ISD access agreements every user has to avoid making false or defamatory statements to each other. Vulgar and obscene language as well as hateful or threatening messages should be avoided. Discrimination of religion, nationality; ethnicity, sexual preference as well as race is not also allowed and users need to avoid providing any information that will lead to the invasion of other user’s privacy.
Members are not also allowed to discuss prices, terms of service or to exchange practice management in order to avoid violation of any federal laws.