Terms of Use

These "Terms of Use" apply to endocrine.org and all related websites of the Endocrine Society (together, “website”). By accessing, viewing, or otherwise using this website, you agree to be bound by Terms of Use. The Endocrine Society may revise these Terms of Use at any time by updating this posting. If you do not wish to be bound by these Terms of Use, including any revision, do not access or view the site. If you do not agree to be bound by these Terms of Use, you may not use nor access the site.

Changes to Terms of Use

The Endocrine Society reserves the right, at its discretion, to change, modify, add or remove all or portions of these Terms of Use at any time. Your continued use of this website will indicate acceptance by you of such rules, changes or modifications.


The website and the entire contents of the website, including the text, graphics, images, logos, button icons, HTML code, and other material are copyrighted by the Endocrine Society under the copyright laws of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). You agree not to remove or obscure copyright notices appearing anywhere in or on the website. The Endocrine Society grants no copyright or ownership interests to you for any of the material and proprietary information referred herein belonging to the Endocrine Society.


Trademarks, service marks, and logos appearing in this website are the property of the Endocrine Society or the party that provided the trademarks, service marks, and logos to the Endocrine Society. The Endocrine Society and any party that provided trademarks, service marks, and logos to the Endocrine Society retain all rights with respect to any of their respective trademarks, service marks, and logos appearing in this site. Unauthorized use of the trademarks, service marks and logos of the Endocrine Society or any third party is unlawful and will be grounds for exclusion from future use of this website.

Access to This Website

The Endocrine Society reserves the right to refuse to any person access to this website or any of its resources, and to terminate or suspend any person’s access at any time.


The Endocrine Society does not warrant, endorse, approve or certify the information on this site, nor does it make any representation as to the accuracy, completeness, efficacy, or timeliness of such information. Use of such information is voluntary on your part. Reference herein to any specific commercial product, process or service does not constitute or imply endorsement, recommendation or favoring by the Endocrine Society.

The information, products and services offered on or through the website are provided “as is” and without warranties of any kind either express or implied. To the fullest extent permissible pursuant to applicable law, we disclaim all warranties, express or implied, including, but not limited to, implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose.

The Endocrine Society does not warrant that the website or any of its functions will be uninterrupted or error free, that defects will be corrected, or that any part of this website is free of viruses or other harmful components.

The Endocrine Society assumes no responsibility for consequences resulting from use of the information contained herein, or from use of the information obtained at linked sites, or in any respect for the content of such information. The Endocrine Society is not responsible for, and expressly disclaims all liability for, damages of any kind arising out of use, reference to, reliance on, or performance of such information, as well as for any damages or injury caused by any failure of performance, error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, computer virus, communication line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, alteration of, or use of any record. You also acknowledge that the Endocrine Society is not liable for the defamatory, offensive or illegal conduct of other third parties, subscribers, members or other users and that the risk of injury from the foregoing rests entirely with each user.

Advertising Disclaimer

Paid advertisements can appear on the website. Advertising participation does not influence editorial decisions or content. The appearance of advertising on the website is neither a guarantee nor an endorsement by the Endocrine Society of the product, service, or company, or the claims made for the product in such advertising. Advertisers making claims are expected to have research data that substantiates these claims and the research or citation is to be made available on the company's website or, where proprietary interests exist, be made available upon request. The Endocrine Society reserves the right to refuse, reject, or cancel any ad for any reason at any time without liability.

Links to Other Websites

This website may be linked to other sites that are not maintained by, or related to, the Endocrine Society. Links to such sites are provided as a service to users and are not sponsored by or affiliated with this website or the Endocrine Society. These sites have not been reviewed by the Endocrine Society, and the Endocrine Society is not responsible for the content of those sites. Links are to be accessed at the user's own risk, and the Endocrine Society makes no representations or warranties about the content, completeness or accuracy of these links or the sites linked to this website.

Further, the inclusion of any link to a third-party site does not imply endorsement by the Endocrine Society of that site.


You do not have to submit anything, but if you choose to submit something (including any user-generated content, ideas, concepts, techniques and data, you must grant, and you actually grant by agreeing to these Terms of Use, a non-exclusive, irrevocable, worldwide, perpetual, unlimited, assignable, sublicenseable, fully paid up, and royalty-free right to the Endocrine Society to copy, prepare derivative works of, improve, distribute, publish, remove, retain, add, and use and commercialize, in any way now known or in the future discovered, anything that you submit to the Endocrine Society, without any further consent, notice and/or compensation to you or any third parties. By submitting any information to the Endocrine Society, you represent and warrant that the submission is accurate to your best knowledge, not confidential, and not in violation of any contractual restrictions or other third party rights. The Endocrine Society is under no obligation to exercise control over any content you or others submit when using the site. No right of confidentiality shall apply to any inquiries or other communications made to the Endocrine Society through this website, and the Endocrine Society shall have no obligation to protect communications from disclosure to third parties.

Notice of Copyright Infringement

If you are a copyright owner who believes your copyrighted material has been reproduced, posted or distributed via the website in a manner that constitutes copyright infringement, please report the violation to our designated copyright agent by sending written notice by U.S. Mail to the Endocrine Society,  2055 L Street, NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20036, Attn: Deputy Executive Director and COO, or by email to societyservices@endocrine.org.

Please include the following information in your written notice:

  1. a detailed description of the copyrighted work that is allegedly infringed;
  2. a description of the location of the allegedly infringing material on the website;
  3. your contact information, including your address, telephone number, and, if available, email address;
  4. your statement that you have a good-faith belief that the allegedly infringing use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law;
  5. your statement, made under penalty of perjury, affirming that the information in your notice is accurate and that you are authorized to act on the copyright owner’s behalf; and
  6. an electronic or physical signature of the copyright owner or someone authorized on the owner’s behalf to assert infringement of copyright and to submit the statement.

Limitation on Liability

The Endocrine Society, its subsidiaries, affiliates, licensors, service providers, content providers, employees, agents, officers, and directors will not be liable for any incidental, direct, indirect, punitive, actual, consequential, special, exemplary, or other damages, including loss of revenue or income, pain and suffering, emotional distress, or similar damages, even if any of such persons has been advised of the possibility of such damages. If you are dissatisfied with the website, any materials, products, or services on the site, or with any of the site’s terms and conditions, your sole and exclusive remedy is to discontinue using the site.


You will indemnify and hold the Endocrine Society, its subsidiaries, affiliates, licensors, content providers, service providers, employees, agents, officers, directors, members, and contractors (the "Indemnified Parties") harmless from any breach of these Terms of Use by you, including any use of Content other than as expressly authorized in these Terms of Use. You agree that the Indemnified Parties will have no liability in connection with any such breach or unauthorized use, and you agree to indemnify any and all resulting loss, damages, judgments, awards, costs, expenses, and attorneys' fees of the Indemnified Parties in connection therewith. You will also indemnify and hold the Indemnified Parties harmless from and against any claims brought by third parties arising out of from your use of the website or failure to comply with these Terms of Use, including, without limitation, your submission of content that violates third party rights or applicable laws.

Controlling Law; Forum Selection

These Terms shall be construed in accordance with the laws of the District of Columbia, without regard to conflicts principles. A court of competent jurisdiction in  Washington, DC shall be the exclusive forum for the resolution of any dispute between you and the Endocrine Society, and you irrevocably consent to the personal and subject matter jurisdiction, and venue, of such court.


The provisions of these Terms of Use are intended to be severable. If for any reason any provision of these Terms of Use shall be unlawful, void, or for any reason unenforceable, then that provision shall be deemed severed from these Terms of Use and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions.

Endocrine Society Journals and Publications (Additional Terms and Conditions)

The Endocrine Society additionally publishes content expressly for its journals and other publications at press.endocrine.org ("Site"). When you access, view, submit, or use the software, articles, content, material, or services available on or through the Site you agree, on behalf of yourself, any company or organization on whose behalf you actually or allegedly act, and any individual that receives access to the Site through you, you indicate that you have read and understand these Terms and Conditions, and that you agree to them and intend to be legally bound by them. If you do not agree to these Terms and Conditions, you are not granted permission to use the Site and must exit immediately. Any violation of these Terms and Conditions or other act or omission by any person that obtains access to this Site through you that would be a breach of these Terms and Conditions if committed by you is deemed a breach of these Terms and Conditions by you for which you shall be responsible. The Site must not be used by children under 13.

Informational Purposes Only

The information on this Site is for informational purposes only. No information, services, or materials offered by or through this Site shall be construed as or understood to be medical advice or care. None of the information on this Site shall be used to diagnose or treat any health problem or disease. YOU MUST CONSULT WITH A PHYSICIAN, DOCTOR, OR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER BEFORE TAKING ANY PRODUCT OR USING ANY INFORMATION ON THIS SITE. No physician/patient relationship is created between The Endocrine Society and you by reason of your use of the Site or under any circumstances. Individual inquiries about sensitive or confidential matters should be addressed to appropriate health care professionals. In connection with this statement, please take particular care to read the Disclaimer of Warranty and Liability. Some drugs and medical devices described on this Site have Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for limited use in restricted research settings and to treat only specifically approved medical conditions. It is the responsibility of the health care provider to ascertain the FDA status of each drug or device planned for use in their clinical practice. The Endocrine Society does not endorse or suggest any particular medical tests, pharmaceutical products, physicians or other health providers, products, or medical procedures The Endocrine Society may detail or describe on this Site. Your reliance on any information provided by this Site is solely at your own risk.

The Endocrine Society endeavors to keep the Site and Site Materials (defined in Section 2) on, in, and through the Site up-to-date. Without limiting anything else in these Terms and Conditions or otherwise, the Endocrine Society is not responsible for any errors or omissions in the Site or Site Materials.

Proprietary Rights

All works of authorship, information, content, functional components, articles, software, downloads, upgrades, documentation, services, information and material appearing on, contained in, or made available through the Site (“Site Materials”) are protected by law, including without limitation United States copyright law. Except as explicitly stated on the Site, the entirety of the Site Materials (including without limitation text, graphics, images, video, data, design, organization, compilation, look and feel attributes and other intellectual property) are the Endocrine Society's copyrighted works, all rights reserved, or they are the copyrighted works of the Endocrine Society's affiliates, licensors, or suppliers. The Endocrine Society also owns a copyright in the Site as a collective work and compilation, and in the selection, coordination, arrangement, and organization of the Site Materials.

Removing or altering any copyright notice or any other proprietary notice on any Site Materials is strictly prohibited. Any commercial use of any Site Materials, in whole or in part, without the prior written consent of the Endocinre Society is prohibited. Any reproduction, distribution, performance, display, preparation of derivative works based upon, framing, capturing, harvesting, scraping, or collection of, or creating of hypertext or other links or connections to, any Site Materials or any other proprietary information of the Endocrine Society, without the Endocrine Society's advance written consent, is prohibited. All names, trademarks, service marks, symbols, slogans, and logos appearing on the Site are proprietary to the Endocrine Society or its parent, affiliates, licensors, or suppliers. Use or misuse of these trademarks is expressly prohibited and may violate federal and state trademark law.

Third Party Materials, Products and Services

Parties other than the Endocrine Society may provide products, services or content on the Site. Use of the Site and the Site Materials and any other material or content on and made available through the Site is entirely at your own risk. Additionally, the Site contains links to other Internet Web sites for the convenience of users in locating information, products, or services that may be of interest. Other terms and conditions, in addition to these Terms and Conditions, may appear on the Site related to specific content of third parties and will apply to such third party content as indicated. The Endocrine Society does not recommend and expressly disclaims any responsibility for the content, the accuracy of the information, or quality of products or services provided by or advertised on third party sites or the transactions you conduct or enter into with third parties. Your use of third parties’ websites is at your own risk, and subject to the terms and conditions of such other websites. The Endocrine Society does not endorse any product, service, or treatment provided on a third party website or advertised on the Site.

Materials Submitted to the Site

The Site may allow you to contribute photographs, pictures, videos, recordings, postings, and other materials and information that are not governed by the Privacy Statement as personal data (“User Materials”) to the Site. The Endocrine Society does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of any User Materials and cannot be responsible for any User Materials. By submitting User Materials to or using the Site, you represent that you have the full legal right to provide the User Materials, that such User Materials will not: (a) divulge any protected health information or infringe any intellectual property rights of any person or entity or any rights of publicity, personality, or privacy of any person or entity, including without limitation as a result of your failure to obtain consent to post personally identifying or otherwise private information about a person or which impersonates another person; (b) violate any law, statute, ordinance, or regulation; (c) be defamatory, libelous or trade libelous, unlawfully threatening, or unlawfully harassing or embarrassing; (d) be obscene, child pornographic, or indecent; (e) violate any community or Internet standard; (f) contain any viruses, Trojan horses, worms, time bombs, cancelbots, or other computer programming routines that damage, detrimentally interfere with, surreptitiously intercept, or expropriate any system, data or personal information, or that facilitate or enable such or that are intended to do any of the foregoing; (g) result in product liability, tort, breach of contract, personal injury, death, or property damage; (h) constitute misappropriation of any trade secret or know-how; or (i) constitute disclosure of any confidential information owned by any third party. Upon your submission of User Materials or other material or information to The Endocrine Society, you grant The Endocrine Society, and The Endocrine Society thereby accepts, a worldwide, perpetual, non-terminable, irrevocable, transferable, license to access, use, distribute, perform, reproduce, display, modify, create derivative works based upon, and sublicense, and to permit others to access, use, distribute, perform, reproduce, display, modify, create derivative works based upon, and sublicense, the User Materials for the purpose of providing the Site and Site products and services and for all other business purposes of The Endocrine Society, all without any compensation to you whatsoever. The Endocrine Society may remove User Materials from the Site that are libelous, incorrect, spiteful, or otherwise inappropriate, in The Endocrine Society's sole discretion. The Endocrine Society shall not be responsible for changes, modifications, or removal any User Materials that you submit to the Site. The Endocrine Society reserves the right to, but is not obligated to monitor, edit or disclose any User Materials. If you believe that any User Materials violate your intellectual property or other rights, please follow our Complaint Procedure in Section 9 of these Terms and Conditions.

User Materials stored on the Site are stored by The Endocrine Society only for permitted temporary online sharing purposes and not for permanent or long-term storage or for temporary archival purposes. The Endocrine Society is not obligated to maintain back-up copies of any User Materials.

You acknowledge and agree that User Materials may be transferred by The Endocrine Society and its agents, representatives, contractors, and licensees outside of the United States. In addition, you acknowledge and agree that it is your obligation to inform third parties of the processing, including, without limitation, transferring across international borders, of their personal information, such as their name, address, and likeness, in connection with the User Materials. You agree to ensure that any required third parties have given their consent to such processing as required by all applicable law, statute, ordinance, or regulation, including, without limitation, data protection legislation.

Communications with the Site

The Endocrine Society welcomes your feedback and suggestions about how to improve our products, information, and services and the Site, including, without limitation, the feedback and suggestions and all other information, data, material, or other content (collectively, “Submissions”) to The Endocrine Society. Such Submissions shall be deemed User Materials in accordance with Section 4 of these Terms and Conditions. Without limiting the foregoing, The Endocrine Society is free to use any ideas, concepts, methods, know-how, techniques, and processes contained in any Submission for any purpose whatsoever, including without limitation creating and marketing products, information, or services using such information.

Disclaimer of Warranty and Liability

The Site, the Site Materials and User Materials on, in, and made available through the Sites, and the services, products, information and other materials on and in and made available through the Site is made available “as is” and “with all faults.” Use of the Site is entirely at your own risk.

The Endocrine Society or its licensors makes no representations or warranties, and disclaims all representations and warranties, with respect to the Site, the User Materials, the Site Materials, the services, products, information and other materials on and in and made available through the Site, express or implied, written or oral, arising from course of dealing, course of performance, usage of trade, or otherwise, including without limitation the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, accuracy, systems integration, non-interference, quality, title, and non- infringement. the entire risk as to satisfactory quality, performance, accuracy, completeness and effort with regard to any and all user materials, the Site, the Site Materials, and the services, products, information and other materials on and in and made available through the Site, is with you.

The Endocrine Society or its licensors shall not be liable for any direct, indirect, special, incidental, consequential, exemplary, extra-contractual, or punitive damages of any kind whatsoever, including without limitation lost revenues or lost profits, which may or does result from the use of, access to, or inability to use the Site, the user materials, the Site Materials, the services, products, information and other materials on and in and made available through the Site, regardless of legal theory, whether or not the Endocrine Society had been advised of the possibility or probability of such damages, and even if the remedies otherwise available fail of their essential purpose. Under no circumstances Will the total liability of the Endocrine Society and its licensors to you or any other person or entity in connection with, based upon, or arising from the Site, the Site Materials on, in, and made available through the Site, or the services, products, information and other materials offered in connection therewith exceed the price paid by you during the preceding six months for use of the Site. Some states do not allow the limitation or exclusion of liability for incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you. If any part of this limitation on liability is found to be invalid or unenforceable for any reason, then the total liability of the Endocrine Society and its licensors shall not exceed ten dollars ($10).


You shall indemnify The Endocrine Society and its directors, officers, employees, agents, contractors and licensors (“The Endocrine Society Indemnitees”) against all claims, actions, suits, and other proceedings (“Claims”) arising out of or incurred in connection with the Site and your use of the Site, your fraud, violation of law, negligence, willful misconduct, or any other use of the Site, the User Materials, the Site Materials, the services, products, information and other materials on and in and made available through the Site, (except to the extent attributable to The Endocrine Society), or any breach by you of these Terms and Conditions and shall indemnify and hold the Endocrine Society Indemnitees harmless from and against all judgments, losses, liabilities, damages, costs, and expenses (including without limitation reasonable attorneys’ fees and attorneys’ disbursements) arising out of or incurred in connection with such Claims. You may not settle any Claim without the prior written consent of the Endocrine Society.

The Endocrine Society or its licensors may assume the defense of any Claim, at your sole cost and expense, and you shall cooperate in all reasonable respects in such defense. You shall have the right to employ separate counsel in any Claim and to participate in the defense thereof. If The Endocrine Society or its licensors do not notify you that it elects to undertake the defense thereof, you shall have the right to defend the Claim with counsel reasonably acceptable to The Endocrine Society, subject to the right of The Endocrine Society to assume, at their sole cost and expense, the defense of any Claim at any time prior to the settlement or final determination thereof.

Complaint Procedure

If you believe that any photographs or content on the Site violate your intellectual property or other rights, please send to The Endocrine Society at permissions@endocrine.org a comprehensive detailed message setting forth the following information: (1) your name and the name of your company, if any; (2) your contact information, including your e-mail address; (3) the nature and substance of your complaint, the specific rights at issue, and your basis for making the complaint, including the content or posting that is objectionable; and (4) the following statement: “The statements, representations, and assertions made in this message are true, complete, and accurate and I have the full legal authority to make each and every such statement, representation, and assertion and to make and be granted any demand made in this message.”

Nature of the Internet

Given the nature of the Internet, the transmission of any communication or material to the Endocrine Society via the Site or Internet electronic mail, whether encrypted or otherwise, cannot be guaranteed, and is not represented to be, secure. Alternative to communicating via the Internet or e-mail, the Endocrine Society can be contacted through postal mail or phone. Use of the Internet is solely at your own risk and is subject to all applicable local, state, national, and international laws and regulations. Without limiting anything else in these Terms and Conditions or otherwise, neither the Endocrine Society nor its contractors will be liable for any loss resulting from failure of electronic or mechanical equipment or communication lines, telephone or other interconnect problems, computer viruses, unauthorized access, theft, operator errors, severe weather, earthquakes, natural disasters, strikes or other labor problems, wars, or governmental restrictions.

Corrections and Changes

The Endocrine Society may make changes to the Site or Site Materials, or to the products, information, or services made available in connection with the Site, at any time, and The Endocrine Society makes no commitment to update the information contained on or in the Site. The Endocrine Society reserves the right to terminate your access to the Site in the event that you violate these Terms and Conditions or for any reason whatsoever or no reason, with or without notice, in addition to any and all other remedies available at law or in equity.

The Endocrine Society reserves the right at any time to modify, alter or update these Terms and Conditions. Your use of the Site following any changes means that you agree to follow and be bound by the terms as changed. It is the obligation of users visiting the Site before the change to learn of changes to the Terms and Conditions since their last visit. Any change to the Terms and Conditions shall be effective as to any visitor who has visited the Site before the change was made.

Governing Law and Jurisdiction

These Terms and Conditions represent the entire agreement between you and The Endocrine Society with respect to the subject matter hereof, and supersede any and all prior and contemporaneous written and oral representations, understandings, and agreements, express and implied, and will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Maryland, without reference to its conflict of law rules; PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT THE TERMS OF ANY APPLICABLE LAW NOW OR HEREAFTER ENACTED THAT IS BASED ON, DERIVED FROM, SIMILAR TO, OR CONNECTED WITH THE UNIFORM COMPUTER INFORMATION TRANSACTIONS ACT DRAFTED BY THE NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF COMMISSIONERS ON UNIFORM STATE LAWS SHALL NOT APPLY EXCEPT TO THE EXTENT THAT THE LAW EXPRESSLY PROHIBITS ALTERATION BY THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THE APPLICABILITY OF ONE OR MORE SECTIONS OF THE LAW. By accessing, viewing, or using the works, content, or materials on the Site, you consent and agree to (a) the exclusive jurisdiction and venue for any and all disputes arising out of this Agreement or related to the Service are in the state and federal courts located in the State of Maryland and (b) accept service of process by personal delivery or mail; and (c) irrevocably waive the right to trial by jury and any jurisdictional and venue defenses otherwise available.


The Site is controlled and operated from within the United States. Without limiting anything else, The Endocrine Society makes no representation that the Site, Site Materials, User Materials, services, products, information or other materials available on, in, or through the Site is appropriate or available for use in other locations, and access to them from territories where they are illegal is prohibited. Those who choose to access the Site from other locations do so on their own volition and are responsible for compliance with applicable laws. The waiver or failure of The Endocrine Society to exercise in any respect any right provided hereunder shall not be deemed a waiver of such right in the future or a waiver of any of other rights established under these Terms and Conditions. Headings used in these Terms and Conditions are for reference only and shall not affect the interpretation of these Terms and Conditions.

Endocrine Society Online Community

The online community is a resource available to Endocrine Society members. By logging on to the platform, you agree to the terms and services above as well as the Code of Conduct for Communities.

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