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Terms and Conditions for Commenting on EHN Online

Welcome to EHN Online. These Terms of Service along with our general policies on use of our site govern your use of the EHN comments functionality. The current versions of the general policies shall be deemed to be incorporated into these Terms of Service. These policies may be amended by the CIEH at any time.

"Our", "we" or "us" means the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) and its wholly owned trading subsidiary Chadwick House Group Limited (CHGL).
These Terms of Service describe the proper kinds of conduct and prohibited uses of EHN Online. These terms are not exhaustive and the CIEH reserves the right to modify them at any time.

By registering as a user of MyCIEH, you are also bound by the MyCIEH Terms and Conditions and you agree to abide by these terms as modified from time to time. Any violation of these terms may result in the suspension or termination of your right to access MyCIEH and EHN Online.

In brief:

  • Be polite.
  • Be professional.

In full:

Overview, Guidelines and Permissible Uses

EHN Online is a place for CIEH members and environmental health professionals to comment on news and information articles as well as rank the comments of other users. Like any community, the site is most valuable when everyone follows certain basic guidelines and rules of conduct.

Comment Moderators

Article comments are intended only as a way for visitors to get answers from other visitors and not necessarily to get answers from the CIEH or the EHN Editorial team. You agree that postings do not constitute notice to CIEH for any purpose, legal or otherwise. The comments feature is not a substitute for contacting the CIEH directly.

Comment moderators may not respond to every post. EHN Online is a place for users to discuss topics of interest with other users. Comment moderators will review article comments, and respond at their discretion.

Be respectful of other users. Some users may be new to computing and may not have extensive knowledge of computers and their use. Derogatory remarks are not conducive to the creation of a strong online community.

Links to Other Sites

EHN Online permits users to post hypertext links to content hosted and maintained by third parties. Although linked sites are not generally reviewed by moderators, links are subject to treatment like any other type of content posted to the site. You may not include a link in the site that directs users to any content or information that, if posted on the site, would constitute a violation of these Terms of Service.

The linked sites are not moderated by the CIEH and are not under its control, and your access to any linked site is at your own risk. You should use your own judgment before you use any link or access any linked site. When leaving the site using any link provided by a user, you should be aware that these Terms of Service no longer apply. If you access a linked site and find the materials to be in violation of these Terms of Service, you may report the link as described below.

The CIEH makes no claim or representation regarding, and accepts no responsibility for, the quality, content, nature or reliability of sites accessible by hyperlink from EHN Online. The ability to include links is provided only as a convenience to you, and the inclusion of any link by a user of site does not imply affiliation, endorsement, or adoption by CIEH of the linked site or any information contained therein.


The comments facilities we may offer on EHN Online from time to time shall consist of content posted by users including text, questions, comments, suggestions, postings, third party information and/or links, communications, software, images, sounds, data, or any other information (together the "User Content").

CIEH does not pre-screen, verify or edit the user content posted by users and does not take responsibility for the accuracy of user content. It is up to the person submitting the information and the persons reading the information to check its accuracy. You are solely responsible for your own communications, the consequences of submitting those communications, and your reliance on any user content. CIEH is not responsible for the consequences of user content. However, the CIEH reserves the right to investigate any violation of these Terms of Service and to take appropriate remedial action including editing and/or removing user content from EHN Online in our absolute discretion and without notice or liability to you. CIEH may also release information concerning your use of EHN Online (including posted content, registration information, and network records) when we believe release is necessary or appropriate to comply with the law.

All user consent which you provide to us as part of EHN Online and any other information which you may supply to us is subject to our EHN Online website Terms of Use including in particular the paragraph entitled "Copyright, licenses and idea submissions" and our privacy policy.

To report violations of these Terms of Service, please contact the CIEH Marketing department via email to marketing@cieh.org.

Rules of Conduct


By participating in EHN Online, you agree that you will not upload, post, or otherwise transmit any user content that:

  1. Is not consistent with the permissible uses outlined by these Terms of Service, including, but not limited to, User Content that is unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, libellous, invasive of another's privacy, vulgar, profane, sexually explicit, obscene, racially or ethnically offensive or otherwise objectionable;
  2. Infringes the rights including but not limited to the intellectual property of the CIEH or any third party;
  3. Constitutes advertising or promotion or is soliciting business, junk mail, “spamming”, etc;
  4. Contains software viruses, Trojan horses, worms, time bombs, cancel-bots or any other computer code or files that are designed to disrupt, damage, or limit the functioning of any software or hardware;
  5. Breaches the security of the content of a CIEH exam or assessment paper;
  6. Reveals personal information about other EHN Online users or CIEH employees without their consent or otherwise infringes the privacy of an individual or company;
  7. Intentionally interferes with the operation of the Forum or with a fellow user's message box, without limitation, mail or "post" bombing, news bombing, other flooding techniques, deliberate attempts to overload a system and broadcast attacks, or attempts to avoid messaging blocking;
  8. Attacks or insults another EHN Online user;
  9. Is illegal in any way.


Your access to EHN Online is a benefit of CIEH membership and your access privileges are for you as an individual and should not be shared with others.

Please take action to protect the privacy of your password. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your details and password.
If we discover someone accessing EHN Online using the log in details of another person then action may be taken against both individuals. You shall be responsible for all uses of your registration whether or not authorised by you.


By both registering for EHN Online and agreeing to these Terms of Service, you agree to indemnify, defend and hold CIEH, and its subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, agents, employees, and moderators harmless from all damages, losses, liabilities (including libel and slander), expenses, costs, claims and causes of action including without limitation, reasonable legal and accounting fees, resulting from, or alleged to result from, your breach of any of these Terms of Service, your breach of any law or the rights of third parties, or from the content of any user content you submit to EHN Online.

Disclaimer of Warranties and Limitation of Liability

Use of EHN Online is at your own risk. Any information contained in this forum is delivered "as-is" without any form of warranty expressed or implied. CIEH's liability under these Terms of Service is subject to our EHN Online website Terms of Use including in particular the paragraph entitled "Use of the site" and the disclaimer.

We reserve the right to terminate any user's access to EHN Online for any reason at any time.

CIEH members are reminded that they are subject to our Code of Professional Conduct.

Governing Law

These Terms of Service shall be governed by and construed in accordance with English Law. Both you and CIEH hereby submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.


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