College of American Pathologists

Terms and Conditions of Use
for the CAP Website and
Related Sites


Updated June 19, 2013

Users of the CAP website, and related sites, are subject to the following Terms and Conditions of Use in addition to terms and conditions posted in other areas of the site.

bullet Purpose

The CAP website and its posted information are intended for educational and communication purposes with an anticipated audience that includes pathologists and pathologists in training, laboratory professionals, other health care professionals, and the public.

The College acts as a conduit for the online distribution and publication of user-submitted information and has no obligation to screen communications or information in advance and is not responsible for screening or monitoring material posted by users. If a user notifies the College of communications that allegedly do not conform to these Terms and Conditions, the College may investigate the allegation and determine in good faith and by its sole discretion whether to remove or request the removal of the communication. The College has no liability or responsibility to users for performance or nonperformance of such activities. The College reserves the right to expel users and prevent their further access to the website for violating the Terms and Conditions or the law and the right to remove communications that are abusive, illegal, or disruptive. The CAP reserves the right but is not obligated to monitor, delete, or disclose any content posted by users for lack of adherence to the Conditions, if required in the course of normal operation and maintenance of the CAP or if required to do so by law or in the good-faith belief that such action is necessary to:
(i) comply with the law or comply with legal process served;
(ii) protect and defend the rights of the CAP or others; or
(iii) protect the personal safety of our users, Sponsors, or the public.

bullet CAP Name and Logo

The name and logo of the CAP are trademarks of the College. Without the express written consent of the College, no use of such name or logo may be made by a third party in a manner that suggests that the third party or its products or services are affiliated with or endorsed by the College or in a manner that puts the College in a false light.

bullet Copyright

Unless otherwise noted, all materials posted on the CAP website, including all images and the source code used to create elements of this website, are copyrighted by the College of American Pathologists © 1996-2013. Except as indicated below or as permitted by Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. §107, use of such material or source code without the express written consent of the CAP is prohibited.

Permission to make digital or physical copies of part or all of this work for personal or classroom/educational use is granted without fee provided that copies are not made or distributed for profit or commercial advantage and provided further that the CAP copyright notice and full citation are included in the copies or displayed with full or partial images. Permission to make any other copies, to republish, to pull down servers, or redistribute to list servers requires prior written authorization from the CAP. Direct any requests for permission to the CAP Web department. Copyrights for material on this website that are owned by parties other than the CAP must be honored. Abstracting with credit is permitted. Please refer to specific copyright and disclaimer notes as posted for cancer protocols and checklists, Laboratory Accreditation Program checklists and other materials, and Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine.

bullet CAP TODAY

The CAP does not necessarily endorse views and opinions expressed in CAP TODAY. The appearance of display or classified advertising in this publication or on the CAP website is not a CAP guarantee or endorsement of the product or the claims made for the product by the manufacturer.

bullet No Medical Advice

The information posted on this site by the CAP, or indirectly by any third party, is intended solely for education and communication purposes and is not intended to constitute medical advice. The CAP expressly disclaims any and all liability for any statement posted on the site.

bullet Information Presented by Users and Third Parties

Any content and/or opinions uploaded or submitted by a third party, including all materials, articles, hyperlinks, documents, spreadsheets, presentations, images, individual user profiles, comments, opinions, or other dialogue, any other content or opinions in any form and responses to questions (hereinafter “User-Posted Content”) are solely the opinions and responsibility of the person or entity submitting them and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the CAP. The CAP makes no representation or warranty regarding User-Posted Content that is posted or uploaded by users of the Site or other third parties, and the CAP expressly disclaims any and all liability related thereto. By using the Site, you agree to hold the CAP harmless from any and all claims arising out of User-Posted Content. Reliance on any information, products or services appearing on the Site, whether provided by third parties at the invitation of the CAP or visitors or contributors to the website is solely at your own risk.

bullet Definition and Use of “Cookies” on the CAP Website

A “cookie” is a text-only string of information sent by a Web server to store on a Web browser so it can later be read back from that browser. This is useful for having the browser remember some specific information.

The use of cookies on this site is intended for both assisting access to specific areas of the site and gathering information about the use of the site with the intention of improving content, focus, and navigation.

bullet Disclaimer of Endorsement

Unless specifically indicated, references made directly or indirectly (eg, via links) on this site (or in a CAP policy or position statement, publication, or a presentation at a CAP program or seminar) to any information, vendor, company, product, or service are not intended to constitute or imply the official position of or endorsement or recommendation by the College of American Pathologists. Likewise, failure to include the name of a vendor, company, product, or service is not to be construed as disapproval.

bullet Support for Site

Commercial support and sponsorship for this site may be accepted in accordance with guidelines established by the College. Clear identification is made on the website of those companies that provide support for the site. Please refer to Disclaimer of Endorsement, listed above.

bullet Links to Related Sites

The primary focus of links to related Web and other on-site references is to facilitate access to information of interest to and value for practicing pathologists and laboratory professionals, pathology residents and fellows, other health care professionals, and the general public. Requests for links to other websites will be evaluated using CAP guidelines.

bullet Feedback and Survey Form

The CAP welcomes feedback about and suggestions for improvement of this site. Please contact us.

bullet Inquiries

Please address inquiries about copyrights and other issues related to the CAP website to the Web Editor:

Web Editor
College of American Pathologists
325 Waukegan Road
Northfield, IL 60093
Phone: 847-832-7000
Fax: 847-832-8000

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