The Website is operated by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, incorporated by Royal Charter in England and Wales under company number RC00079 and having its principal business address at 66-68 East Smithfield, London, E1W 1AW (‘we’ and ‘our’).

These Website Terms of Use (together with the documents referred to in it) (‘Terms’) explain how you may use our website www.rpharms.com and our associated web pages (‘Website’), whether as a guest or a registered user (‘you’ and ‘your’). Use of the Website includes accessing, browsing, posting, linking to or registering to use our site.

Access to and use of the Website constitutes your acceptance of these Terms and your agreement to comply with them. Please read these Terms carefully before you start to use the Website.

We reserve the right to amend these Terms from time to time.

Section A of these Terms applies to all sections of our Website (including to the Networking section of our Website).

Section B of these Terms applies to your access to and use of our Networking Groups.

SECTION A – USE OF OUR WEBSITE

1.       CONTENT DISCLAIMER 

While we have taken all reasonable care in the creation, selection and assembly of the content of our website, all such content (including any third party information, products or materials) is provided 'AS IS' and no warranty or representation is given in relation to its accuracy or appropriateness.

You use the service and the information and material on the Website at your own risk. To the maximum extent permitted by law, we shall not be liable for any claims, losses, injuries, penalties, damages, costs or expenses arising from the use of, or inability to use, the Website or any of its content, or from any action taken, or omitted to be taken, as a result of using the Website or its content.

The content on our Website is provided for information only. It is not intended to amount to advice. You must obtain professional or specialist advice before taking, or refraining from, any action on the basis of the content on our Website.

2.       OWNERSHIP OF THE WEBSITE

This Website and all intellectual property rights in it including but not limited to any content (including but not limited to text, photographs, graphics and software) are owned by us, our licensors or both (as applicable). Intellectual property rights means rights such as: copyright, trade marks, domain names, design rights, database rights, patents and all other intellectual property rights of any kind whether or not they are registered or unregistered (anywhere in the world). We and our licensors reserve all of our and their rights in all such intellectual property. This means, for example, that we and they remain owners of them and are free to use them as we and they see fit.

Nothing in these Terms grants you any legal rights in the Website other than as necessary to enable you to access the Website. You agree not to adjust or try to circumvent or delete any notices contained on the Website (including any intellectual property notices) and in particular in any digital rights or other security technology embedded or contained within the Website.

You agree not to reverse engineer or decompile any parts of the Website.

Trade marks: ‘ROYAL PHARMACEUTICAL SOCIETY’ is our trade mark. Other trade marks and trade names may also be used on this Website. Your use of any trade marks which appear on the Website is strictly prohibited unless you have our prior written permission.

3.       PRIVACY 

Our Cookies and Privacy Statement (www.rpharms.com/footer/privacy-statement.asp) sets out the terms on which we process any personal data we collect from you, or that you provide to us. By using our Website, you consent to such processing and you warrant that all data provided by you is accurate.

4.       PERMITTED USE OF THE WEBSITE

The Website is for your personal and non-commercial use only. You must not use any part of the content on our site for commercial purposes without obtaining a licence to do so from us or our licensors (as applicable). You may retrieve and display the content on a computer screen in accordance with your licence.

Other than for your own private personal use, you may not download or copy, store in any medium (including any other web site), distribute, transmit, re-transmit, modify, show in public or make commercial or business use of any part of the Website  without our prior written consent. By accessing the Website you agree not to use the content for any illegal or improper purpose.

We may prevent or suspend your access to the Website without prior warning if you do not comply with any part of these Terms, any terms or policies to which they refer or any applicable law.

5.       THIRD PARTY LINKS AND RESOURCES IN OUR WEBSITE

The Website may contain hyperlinks or references to third party websites other than the Website. Any such hyperlinks or references are provided for your convenience only. We have no control over third party websites and accept no legal responsibility for any content, material or information contained in them. The display of any hyperlink and reference to any third party website does not mean that we endorse that third party's website, products or services. Your use of a third party site may be governed by the terms and conditions of that third party site.

6.       ACCESSING OUR WEBSITE

We do not guarantee that our Website, or any content on it, will always be available or be uninterrupted. Access to our Website is provided on an ‘as is’ basis. We may suspend, withdraw, discontinue or change all or any part of our Website without notice. We will not be liable to you if for any reason our Website is unavailable at any time or for any period.

You are responsible for making all arrangements necessary for you to have access to the Website.

You are also responsible for ensuring that all persons who access the Website through your internet connection are aware of these Terms and other applicable terms and conditions, and that they comply with them.

7.       MEMBERS-ONLY ACCESS 

We use the details you give us during registration to provide you with access to sections of our Website that are only available to members of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (“Members”), to update your records on our membership database, and we may also use this information for the other uses described in our Cookies and Privacy Statement (see paragraph 3 above, Privacy http://www.rpharms.com/footer/privacy-statement).

We will provide you with a personal user account (“Account”) for accessing Members-only sections of the Website (“Members Site”) which you can update at any time using the 'My profile' area of the Website.

It is your responsibility to ensure that your data within your Account is current and accurate. If you do not ensure that your data is current and accurate, your access to the Members Site may be terminated. If we believe that you have provided information that is false, or we consider in our sole discretion may be false, we reserve the right to terminate your access to the Members Site immediately without notice and without any liability to you.

You agree that you shall take all steps necessary to protect your Account password and keep it secret. You agree that you shall not give your Account password to anyone else or allow anyone else to use your password or Account. You are responsible for notifying us as soon as possible if you believe that the security of your password has been compromised.

We will not be responsible to you for any loss that you suffer as a result of an unauthorised person accessing your Account and we accept no responsibility for any losses or harm resulting from its unauthorised use, whether fraudulently or otherwise.

8.       VIRUSES

We do not guarantee that our Website will be secure or free from bugs or viruses. You are responsible for configuring your information technology, computer programmes and platform in order to access our Website. You should use your own virus protection software.

You must not misuse our Website by knowingly introducing viruses, trojans, worms, logic bombs or other material which is malicious or technologically harmful. You must not attempt to gain unauthorised access to the Website, the server on which our site is stored or any server, computer or database connected to our site. You must not attack our Website via a denial-of-service attack or a distributed denial-of service attack. By breaching this provision, you would commit a criminal offence under the Computer Misuse Act 1990. We will report any such breach to the relevant law enforcement authorities and we will co-operate with those authorities by disclosing your identity to them. In the event of such a breach, your right to use the Website will cease immediately.

9.       LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

Nothing in these Terms excludes or limits our liability for death or personal injury arising from our negligence, or our fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation, or any other liability that cannot be excluded or limited by English law.

To the extent permitted by law, we exclude all conditions, warranties, representations or other terms which may apply to our Website or any content on it, whether express or implied.

We will not be liable to you or any other Website user (“User”) for any loss or damage, whether in contract, tort (including negligence), breach of statutory duty, or otherwise, even if foreseeable, arising under or in connection with:

  • use of, or inability to use, our Website; or
  • use of or reliance on any content displayed on our Website.

The Website is for your personal and non-commercial use only and we will not be liable for:

  • loss of profits, sales, business, or revenue;
  • loss of anticipated savings;
  • business interruption;
  • loss of business opportunity, goodwill or reputation; or
  • any indirect or consequential loss or damage.

You use the service and the information and material on the Website at your own risk. We shall not be liable for any claims, losses, injuries, penalties, damages, costs or expenses arising from the use of, or inability to use, the Website or content, or from any action taken, or omitted to be taken, as a result of using the Website or its content.

10.   CHANGES TO OUR WEBSITE

We may update our Website from time to time, and may change the content at any time. However, please note that any of the content on our Website may be out of date at any given time, and we are under no obligation to update it to correct errors or otherwise.

11.   APPLICABLE LAW

These Terms are governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England. By accessing the Website you agree to accept the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts in relation to any dispute that may arise in connection with these Terms or your use of the Website.

SECTION B – USE OF NETWORKING GROUPS AND FORUMS

The terms in this section B apply to your use of the Networking section of our Website (www.rpharms.com/home/networking.asp and our associated web pages).

Access to and use of any of our networking groups constitutes your acceptance of the terms in both Section A and Section B of these Terms and your agreement to comply with them. Please read the following terms carefully before you register for and start to use the Networking section of our Website.

1.       NETWORK SERVICES

You must be a Member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain and register for our networking groups, such as a Local Practice Forum or an online group (“Groups”), in order to access, use and/or contribute to one of more of our Groups.

Our Groups are designed to allow Members working in a similar specialty, with similar interests, or living or working in a similar location to share information, good practice and opportunities as part of an online community.

2.       YOUR USER ACCOUNT

We use the details you give us during registration to provide you with access to the Groups, to update your records on our membership database, and we may also use this information for the other uses described in our Cookies and Privacy Statement (see paragraph 3 of Section A above, Privacy http://www.rpharms.com/footer/privacy-statement).

It is your responsibility to safeguard your Account password and keep it secret (as described in paragraph 7 of Section A above, Members-only Access).

We will not be responsible to you for any loss that you suffer as a result of an unauthorised person accessing your Account and we accept no responsibility for any losses or harm resulting from its unauthorised use, whether fraudulently or otherwise.

You can unsubscribe from Groups at any time using the 'My profile' area of the website.

3.       ACCESS TO GROUPS 

We do not guarantee that the Groups, or any content on them, will always be available or be uninterrupted. Access to the Groups is provided on an ‘AS IS’ basis.

We may suspend, withdraw, discontinue or change all or any part of the Groups or their content without notice. We will not be liable to you if for any reason one or more Groups are unavailable at any time or for any period.

We have the right to suspend the account of any User and bar them from future use of the Groups if they violate these Terms.

You are also responsible for making your own back-up arrangements of any important data that you upload to any Group as we cannot accept any liability for loss of data resulting from your use of the Groups.

4.       USE OF NETWORKS 

While accessing, using and/or contributing to one of more of our Groups you agree not to:

  • upload, post, publish, transmit or reproduce any information that:
    • infringes any copyright, trade marks or any other intellectual property belonging to a third party, or that you otherwise do not have a right to transmit under any law or under contractual or fiduciary relationships;
    • violates or infringes in any way upon the rights of others, including content which is inaccurate, false, hateful, threatening, abusive, offensive, harassing, unlawful, defamatory, libellous, tortious, slanderous, invasive of privacy or publicity rights, vulgar, obscene, profane, or is racially, ethnically or is otherwise objectionable;
    • is pornographic or sexually explicit; or contains nudity unless (in our opinion) it is justified in the context of an explanation of a clinical condition;
    • consists of links or recommendations to visit other websites that contain content which is not compliant with these Terms;
  • engage in conduct which in our sole discretion restricts or inhibits any other User from using or enjoying the Services;
  • impersonate any person or entity or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with any person or entity;
  • forge or otherwise manipulate uniform resource locators or other identifiers to disguise the origin of any content transmitted through the Services, to acquire unauthorized access to restricted areas of the Services, or for any other purposes;
  • promote or provide instructions, information or advice about illegal activities, promoting physical harm or personal injury against any individual or group.
  • stalk or otherwise harass another User;
  • collect or store personal data about other Users

and you agree to comply with all applicable laws, regulations and codes, for example (but without limitation) the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Code of Ethics for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians and Professional Standards and related guidance documents.

5.       INDEMNITY

You agree to indemnify and hold us and our moderators harmless from and against any losses, claims, costs, damages, liabilities, proceedings, fees and expenses arising from or in connection with your use of our Groups.

6.       RULES FOR USING GROUPS 

In addition to complying with these Terms, by accessing, using and/or contributing to our Groups you agree to follow our Group Rules (shown below).

7.       FEES 

We currently provide our Members with complimentary access to the Groups, however we reserve the right at any time to charge fees for your use of the Groups. If such fees are to be charged, we will notify you of this and we will give you the option of unsubscribing from the Groups or continuing to use them for the applicable fees.

8.       CONTENT 

By submitting content to any of our Groups you warrant (i.e. confirm) that you have the right to submit that content (either because you own the content or you are licensed to publish the content to our Groups), and you agree to fully indemnify us and our moderators from and against any loss, claim, demand, cost and expense arising from or in connection with your breach of this warranty.

When content is displayed in a Group the contributor will be credited, using his/her username for this purpose. If the contributor no longer wishes to be credited following any editing of their submission he/she must make a request to the relevant moderator for their username to be removed from the content item.

The content of and opinions within discussion and exchange items contributed to Groups will be and remain the responsibility of the User who submitted them.

All content submitted to Groups may be subject to editing by us and our moderators. By submitting content to one or more Groups you authorise us and our moderators to display, edit or delete that content at our sole discretion.

Much of the content made available on Groups is provided by Users who are independent of us and/or the moderators of the Groups. Since neither we nor our moderators control such content we cannot guarantee its accuracy, integrity or quality and as such we cannot accept any liability for the content made available on Groups.

Please also read our Content Disclaimer at paragraph 1 of Section A above.

(i) Ownership of content 

 As between you and us, you own the content and information that you submit Groups but you grant us an irrevocable worldwide, transferable, sub-licensable non-exclusive, royalty-free license to use, store, copy, modify, distribute, publish, and process the information and content that you submit to the Groups without any further consent, notice and/or compensation to you or others by us.

(ii) Groups

For an explanation of the different types of Groups, please see our Group Rules (shown below).

Open groups

 By submitting content to an open group you agree that we may re-publish any of that content anywhere on our Website or elsewhere.

Closed groups

Our current policy is that Group moderators should not re-publish content that Users submit to a closed group. However, please note that Groups (including closed groups) allow you to participate in networks where Users can exchange information. You consent to participating in such an environment where it cannot be guaranteed that information you submit (to open or closed groups) will not be reproduced elsewhere, including outside of our Website.

We shall not be liable for unauthorised reproduction or distribution of information that you submit to one or more Groups. Information you submit will be displayed on Groups and can be printed out and distributed by Users.

(iii) Copyright (or other) infringement

We respect the intellectual property of others, and we require that our Users do the same. You agree not to use any content accessed and/or downloaded from Groups for the purpose of securing personal or commercial gain without the express prior permission of the copyright owner. You also agree not to pass such content to any other website or to publish it anywhere else outside of the relevant Group without the express permission of the owner of that content (see Ownership of content above).

Any content used by you from Groups for study purposes or non-commercial research should acknowledge the copyright owner in appropriate citations in any output produced.

If you believe that a copy of your work is made available on one or more Groups without your consent and/or that a copyright (or other) infringement has occurred, please supply us with the following information:

  • a description of the work that you claim has been infringed;
  • details of where the infringing material is located on our Website;
  • your contact details;
  • a statement by you that you believe in good faith that the use of the work on one or more Groups is not authorised by the owner of that work or any person entitled to publish that work to a Group.

Please forward this information to our Networks Manager at networks@rpharms.com.

(iv) User emails

 As we do not have control over the emails that Users choose to send to each other, we cannot accept any liability in connection with their contents.

If you are receiving emails from another User that is in breach of these Terms or our Group Rules (for example emails that contain unsolicited advertising or offensive or harassing content) then please inform the moderator(s) of the relevant Group. Or, if you do not know which moderator to contact, please contact our Networks Manager at networks@rpharms.com.

9.       ADVERTISING AND PROMOTIONS 

All advertising is strictly prohibited in order to protect the quality and focus of the Groups and the privacy of the User community. This includes adding any content that could be deemed by us or other Users to be unsolicited advertising and/or "junk mail". Content that must not be added to the service specifically includes (but is not limited to): advertising of professional, commercial or personal products, services and jobs/career opportunities.

Advertising research projects on Groups - Users must not post clinical research questionnaires directly onto the service as this is deemed to be an inappropriate way to secure participation into a piece of clinical research.

If you wish to advertise research projects on Groups then please contact your Group’s moderator(s) It will then be up to the moderators of that Group to decide whether they approve your item for display on the Group. Inclusion of any such invitation to participate in a research project on the service in no way implies endorsement of the project by us or any of our partners or moderators. It is the responsibility of each individual User to decide whether they wish to actually participate in the project, following receipt of the full details from the researchers.

Voluntary opportunities on Groups, including unpaid opportunities which emphasise learning, skill development and/or practical experience – can be added to Groups, but only to the news section of an appropriate Group. All other voluntary opportunities will be assumed to be job advertisements which are prohibited on Groups and may therefore be removed without notice.

Networking Group Rules

(1) EXPLANATION OF GROUPS AND MODERATORS

These rules are aimed at the Networking groups (“Groups”) user base and will be used to help users understand how Networks will be controlled and governed.

The Groups structure will be made up of open, closed and hidden groups. The definition of an open group is anyone is able to join e.g. the General Group is made up of pharmacists from all backgrounds and may include some non-pharmacists who are invited experts to support the group. Open groups aim to promote the open discussion and review of information.

Closed groups are aimed at dealing with specific topics or clinical practice and users have to have a valid reason for joining that group, and make a request to the moderator of that group to get access approved. An example of a closed group is the Secure Environment Pharmacists Group.

Hidden groups are for our internal use only.

Groups

  • Members can belong to a number of Groups if they wish
  • Members can request to join a closed group via the moderator of that group
  • Experts who are not members of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society can be invited by a Group to be a guest.  This request will need to come to the Networks Manager.
  • If a group falls into non-activity for an extended period it can be removed by the Networks Manager.

Setting up a new Group

Members submit an online application form covering the following areas, which is directed to the Networks Manager:

  • Why do you want to form a focus group?
  • Outline the benefits to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, its members and to the profession as a whole – brief
  • What will be the Group’s key focus area?
  • Where is membership likely to come from? (sector / content)
  • Will the Group have a local or national focus? If you are applying to set up a local Group we need to understand the interface with your Local Practice Forum
  • Expected membership size (estimate) – minimum size 6
  • Provide contact details for lead contact(s) / moderators - minimum 2 (see moderator rules below)
  • Provide text for the Group’s  homepage:  Scope (including target audience) and Aims /objectives
  • If a Group already exists outside our Website we will generally not want to compete with that Group, but may instead like to work in partnership with it and towards a collaborative model.

Moderators

We very much welcome the role of the moderators in our Groups and appreciate their work with us in making Networks a successful environment.  Moderators exist across all Groups and have been recruited by us to help offer advice, and monitor content of their Group.  In most cases they are volunteers and external to our staff. 

The main objectives of a moderator are as follows:

  • Help monitor the activities of the Group
  • Help ensure there is professional conduct in the content posted by Group members
  • Respond to requests from users if they request to join their Group in a professional and efficient manner
  • They have the right to accept or reject members or guests from their Group if there is alleged breach of our terms and conditions or rules by any users
  • Check that any complaints made by members are being dealt with efficiently alongside other moderators and the Networks Manager
  • Relay any concerns or improvements back to the Networks Manager
  • Help to harvest content of the Group for the main website
  • Share advice and guidance with other moderators by using the Moderators Group

(2) GROUP RULES FOR USERS

The Group Rules For Users as set out below are designed to ensure that Groups are a safe place for professional information exchange, discussion and knowledge sharing.  

Users are required at all times to adhere to these rules, as well as to our Website Terms of Use (http://www.rpharms.com/footer/terms-and-conditions.asp), when accessing, using and/or participating in any Group.

1. Use Groups to learn from and to support your colleagues

Take from Groups what you consider is useful, but also give back what you can, when you can. Share your knowledge and resources on the site and encourage others to do the same. Be polite and respectful at all times and remember that others may have a different point of view or level of understanding/experience and therefore may not agree with you. Remember that you can disagree without becoming disagreeable.  We are trying to accommodate pharmacists from all sectors.

2. Use workplace support first, where appropriate

Your agreed support structures or procedures should always be considered first before seeking colleagues support on Groups, eg, clinical supervision or local protocols.

3. Add your content just once

Save time and effort by only adding content to one area of our Website. The moderators will share content to other Groups if it is relevant and appropriate to do so.

4. Do not use Groups for advertising

Do not advertise for personal or commercial gain.  This specifically prohibits advertising paid jobs or professional services on the site for pharmacists or patients. We reserve the right to edit or remove advertising. Recommending professionally relevant resources is permitted, for more guidance on recommendations please click here.

5. Be clear, courteous, concise and constructive

Summarise the theme in the title, use simple, accessible but professional language, write out abbreviations in full, adopt a friendly tone, do not write in capitals or overuse exclamation marks and if appropriate sign off and thank people at the end.

6. You are responsible for your actions on this site

Always appraise, reflect upon and validate what you read and ensure you have a sound basis for your decisions and actions and only operate within your scope of practice and experience. If in doubt seek guidance from clinical colleagues or supervisors or seek further evidence before acting.

7. Respect copyright, data protection, privacy and the Code of Ethics at all times

Do not distribute text or graphics that are copyright protected unless you have permission to do so. Clearly state your source if you quote a book, journal, website or other reference. Do not publish onto Groups another person's contact details unless you have their explicit consent to do so.  

Do not publish examples of patients' medical records anywhere on this site.

These Group Rules For Users form part of our Website Terms of Use for using Groups.