Terms and Conditions

Use of the website

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

If we change our Usage and privacy policy for any reason, the changes will be posted here.

Public health observatories exist 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 any third party’s use of the site.

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 site’s content is current, accurate and relevant.

Responsibility for the 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.

External links

The website provides several links to other Internet sites for users’ convenience. 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. When setting up a link, we recommend that it 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 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 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.