Terms and Conditions of Use American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Web Sites

By accessing or using any of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (“ACOG”) Internet properties including, without limitation, www.acog.org, and any others released by ACOG from time to time (collectively referred to as the "ACOG Web sites") you agree to comply with and be bound by these Terms and Conditions of Use ("Terms of Use"). Please read these Terms of Use carefully as well as ACOG’s Privacy Statement that is incorporated herein by reference. If you do not agree to these Terms of Use and the Privacy Policy, you must immediately terminate use of the ACOG Web sites.

1. Medical Disclaimer - ACOG is Not a Health Care Provider:

Medical Emergencies: Call 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.  DO NOT USE THIS WEB SITE FOR MEDICAL EMERGENCIES.

All content on this Web site is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for individualized professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.  Never rely on information on this Web site in place of seeking professional medical advice. 

2. License Grant. You are granted a personal, revocable, limited, non-exclusive, non-transferable license to access and use the ACOG Web sites conditioned on your continued acceptance of, and compliance with, these Terms of Use. You may use the ACOG Web sites and ACOG Content (as defined below) for your noncommercial personal use and for no other purpose. ACOG reserves the right to bar, restrict or suspend any user's access to the ACOG Web sites, and/or to terminate this license at any time for any reason. ACOG reserves any rights not explicitly granted in these Terms of Use.

3. License Restrictions. Unless otherwise expressly stated in these Terms of Use or unless you receive ACOG's prior written consent, you may not modify, translate, create derivative works of, copy, distribute, market, display, remove or alter any proprietary notices or labels from, lease, sell, sublicense, clone, transfer, decompile, reverse engineer, or incorporate into any information retrieval system (electronic or mechanical), the ACOG Web sites, any ACOG Content (as defined below), or any portion thereof.  Further, you may not (i) use the ACOG Web sites for any unauthorized or illegal purpose or activity including, but not limited to, any activity to obtain or attempt to obtain unauthorized access to the ACOG Web sites, including ACOG Content; (ii) interfere with the proper working of the ACOG Web sites including, but not limited to, the transmission of any virus, worm, trap door, back door, timer, clock, Trojan horse, or other limiting routine, instruction or design; or (iii) interfere with any other person's use and enjoyment of the ACOG Web sites.

4. Your Acceptance; Revisions to Terms of Use. The ACOG Web sites are available only to individuals who can enter into legally binding contracts under applicable law. These Terms of Use constitute a legally binding agreement between you and ACOG regarding your use and access to the ACOG Web sites. By using the ACOG Web sites you agree to the Terms of Use.

ACOG reserves the right to revise these Terms of Use at any time in its sole discretion by posting revised Terms of Use to the ACOG Web sites. Your use of the ACOG Web sites signifies your acceptance of all the terms and conditions contained within the Terms of Use posted at the time of your use. You will be responsible for regularly reviewing the Terms of Use posted to the ACOG Web sites. No revision to these Terms of Use, including to the Arbitration provision set forth in Section 21, shall apply to a controversy or claim of which ACOG had actual notice on or before the date of any such revision.

5. ACOG Policies; Additional Terms and Conditions. ACOG's Privacy Statement, as well as other additional terms and conditions applicable to certain portions of the ACOG Web sites (collectively "Additional Terms and Conditions") are incorporated herein by reference. To the extent that there is a conflict between these Terms of Use and any Additional Terms and Conditions for the activity in which you choose to participate, the Additional Terms and Conditions shall govern.

6. Click-Through Agreements. Before using certain areas of the ACOG Web sites you may be asked to indicate your acceptance of additional special terms and conditions by clicking a button marked “I Accept” “I Agree” “Okay” “I Consent” or other words or actions that similarly acknowledge your consent or acceptance of a Click-Through Agreement. To the extent there is a conflict between these Terms of Use and any Click-Through Agreement for the activity in which you choose to participate, the Click-Through Agreement will govern.

7. Personal Login Information. Certain features and areas of the ACOG Web sites are available only with registration or login. If you are required to register and select a unique login and password ("Personal Login Information"), you must keep your Personal Login Information confidential. Your Personal Login Information is personal to you and you may not allow any third party to use it under any circumstances. ACOG is not liable for any harm caused by or related to the theft, misappropriation, disclosure, or unauthorized use of your Personal Login Information. You must contact ACOG immediately if you become aware of or believe there is or may have been any unauthorized use of your Personal Login Information, or otherwise wish to deactivate your Personal Login Information due to security concerns.

8. Privacy Policy. For information about ACOG's data protection practices and ACOG's use and protection of your personal information, please read ACOG's Privacy Statement which is incorporated into and made a part of these Terms of Use.

9. User Obligations. You warrant that you will abide by all applicable local, state, national and international laws and regulations with respect to your use of the ACOG Web sites and not interfere with the use and enjoyment of the ACOG Web sites by other users or with ACOG's operation and management of the ACOG Web sites. You will, at all times, provide true, accurate, current, authorized, and complete information when submitting information or materials on the ACOG Web sites, including, without limitation, information required to be provided through an ACOG Web site registration form. If any false, inaccurate, untrue, unauthorized or incomplete information is submitted by you, ACOG reserves the right to terminate your access and use of the ACOG Web sites. You warrant that you will not impersonate any other person or entity, whether actual or fictitious, when using the ACOG Web sites, or defame or otherwise harm any party, including ACOG, through your use of the ACOG Web sites.

10. Proprietary Rights. The content of the ACOG Web sites includes, without limitation, (i) ACOG's and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ trademarks, service marks, logos, brands, and brand names, trade dress and trade names and other distinctive identification (collectively "ACOG Marks"); and (ii) documents, text, information, data, materials, interfaces, computer code, databases, products, services, software applications and tools, images, photographs, audio and video material, and artwork, and (iii) the design, structure, selection, compilation, assembly, coordination, expression, functionalities, applications, look and feel, and arrangement of any content contained in or available through the ACOG Web sites (the items identified in subsections (i) (ii) and (iii) shall be collectively referred to herein as "ACOG Content"). ACOG Content is the property of ACOG, advertisers, content providers or other third parties and is protected by law including, but not limited to, United States copyright, trade secret, patent, and trademark law, as well as other state, national and international laws, treaties and regulations. The reproduction, transmission, distribution, sale, publication, broadcast, circulation or dissemination of any ACOG Content by you, or by you through any other person or entity, is prohibited unless express written consent is separately obtained from ACOG or the owner of such content if ACOG is not the owner. Any use of the ACOG Marks without ACOG's express written consent is strictly prohibited. You may not alter, delete, obscure or conceal any copyright or other notices appearing in the ACOG Content, including any such notices appearing on any ACOG Content you are permitted to download, transmit, display, print, or reproduce from the ACOG Web sites.

11. Responsibility for Use of the Internet and ACOG Web sites. Use of the Internet and the ACOG Web sites is solely at your risk and is subject to all applicable local, state, national and international laws and regulations. ACOG does not guarantee the confidentiality or security of any communication or other material transmitted to or from the ACOG Web sites over the Internet or other communication network. ACOG shall not be obligated to correct or update the ACOG Web sites or ACOG Content and ACOG shall not be liable for omissions, typographical errors, or out-of-date information which may appear on the ACOG Web sites.

12. Patient Information. State and federal laws, as well as ethical and licensure requirements, impose obligations with respect to patient information and patient confidentiality that limit your ability to receive, disclose, or make use of patient information, including transmitting patient information to others. You warrant that you will comply with all laws that may directly or indirectly govern your retrieval, use, transmission, processing, receipt, reporting, disclosure, or storage of patient information. You are solely responsible for obtaining and maintaining any patient consents, if applicable, and all other consents or permissions required by law or advisable with respect to your retrieval, use, transmission, processing, receipt, reporting, disclosure or storage of patient information. You shall be solely responsible for your retrieval, use or misuse, transmission, processing, receipt, reporting, disclosure or storage of Patient Information.

13. Third Party Information. The ACOG Web sites may feature materials, information, products, and services provided by third parties. Any such information, including but not limited to articles, press clippings, opinions, advice, statements, services, offers or other information made available by third parties such as content providers and other users of the ACOG Web sites are those of the respective third party and not of ACOG or its affiliates. ACOG makes no representation with respect to, nor does it guarantee or endorse, the quality, non-infringement, accuracy, completeness, timeliness, or reliability of such third party materials, information, services or products.

14. Advertisers. The ACOG Web sites may contain advertisements of third parties. The inclusion of advertisements on the ACOG Web sites does not imply endorsement of the advertised products or services by ACOG. ACOG shall not be responsible for any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of the presence of such advertisements on the ACOG Web sites. Further, ACOG shall not be responsible or liable for the statements or conduct of any third party advertisers appearing on the ACOG Web sites. You shall be solely responsible for any correspondence or transactions you have with any third party advertisers.

15. Links to Third Party Web sites. The ACOG Web sites may provide links (including any link through an on-line banner advertisement) to other sites on the Internet for your convenience. These other sites are maintained by third parties over which ACOG exercises no control. The appearance of any such third party links is not intended to endorse any particular company or product. If you decide to access any of the third party sites linked to from the ACOG Web sites, you do so entirely at your own risk.

16. Links to ACOG Web sites and ACOG Content. Third parties who post links to the ACOG Web sites and/or ACOG Content may not use the ACOG trademark or logo and shall not suggest that ACOG promotes or otherwise endorses any third party products, business relationships, services, causes, campaigns, Web sites, content, or information. Any links to any portion of the ACOG Web sites shall be the responsibility of the linking party. ACOG reserves the right to require any linking party to disable or remove any link that violates ACOG's rights or causes interruption or deterioration of ACOG Content.

17. Warranties Disclaimed. The ACOG Web sites and ACOG Content are provided “as is” and “as available.” Neither ACOG, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, affiliates, employees, officers, or directors nor any of their agents, their representatives, suppliers, advertisers, promotional partners, or licensors (collectively “ACOG Parties”) provide any express or implied representation or warranty of any kind, including without limitation, any representation or warranty that (i) the ACOG Web sites or ACOG Content, or any results that may be obtained by you, are complete, accurate, reliable or non-infringing; (ii) access to the ACOG Web sites will be uninterrupted, timely, secure, or error free; (iii) the quality of any products, services, information or other material purchased or obtained by you through the ACOG Web sites will meet your expectations; or (iv) ACOG Content will remain unchanged or accessible on the ACOG Web sites.  All warranties, express or implied, are disclaimed to the fullest extent permitted by law, including, without limitation, any warranty of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, and/or non-infringement of intellectual property.

18. Limitation of Liability. The ACOG Parties shall not be liable, and disclaim any liability, for any claim, loss or damage, direct or indirect, including, without limitation, compensatory, consequential, incidental, indirect, special, exemplary or punitive damages of any kind whatsoever in connection with, as a result of, or arising (i) out of the use of or inability to use the ACOG Web sites and/or any ACOG Content; (ii) from any interruption in the availability of the ACOG Web sites and/or ACOG Content; (iii) from any loss of data and/or from any equipment failure; (iv) out of the procurement of substitute goods or services resulting from any problems with the goods, content and/or services purchased or obtained from the ACOG Web sites, or transactions entered into, through or from the ACOG Web sites; (v) from unauthorized access to or alteration of your transmissions or data; (vi) from statements or conduct of any third party on the ACOG Web sites; (vii) from any delay or failure of the ACOG Web sites; (viii) out of the use of, reference to, or reliance on, the ACOG Content; (ix) out of any third party materials, information, products and services contained on, or accessed through, the ACOG Web sites; (x) out of any content, materials, accuracy of information, and/or quality of the products, services or materials provided by or advertised on third party Web sites; or (xi) out of any other matter relating to the ACOG Web sites or ACOG Content.

In the event you are dissatisfied with, or dispute, these Terms of Use, the ACOG Web sites and/or the ACOG Content, your sole right and exclusive remedy is to terminate your use of the ACOG Web sites, even if that right or remedy is deemed to fail of its essential purpose. You confirm that ACOG has no other obligation, liability or responsibility to you or any party related to you.

19. Indemnification. To the fullest extent permitted by law, you shall defend, indemnify, and hold harmless the ACOG Parties from and against all claims arising from or in any way related to your use of the ACOG Web sites and/or ACOG Content, a violation by you of these Terms of Use, or any other actions connected with your use of the ACOG Web sites and/or ACOG Content, including any liability or expense, losses, damages (actual and consequential), suits, judgments, litigation costs and attorneys fees. ACOG will provide prompt written notice of any such claims, but failure to provide such notice will not release you from any of your obligations pursuant to this Section except to the extent that you are actually prejudiced by such failure, and will not relieve you from any other liability that you may have to the ACOG Parties other than under this Section.

20. Term and Termination. These Terms of Use will take effect at the time you begin using the ACOG Web sites. ACOG reserves the right, with or without notice, at any time and for any reason to deny you access to the ACOG Web sites or to any portion thereof, and to terminate these Terms of Use. These Terms of Use will terminate automatically if you fail to comply with the terms set forth herein. You may terminate these Terms of Use at any time by ceasing to use the ACOG Web sites, but all applicable provisions of these Terms of Use will survive such termination. Upon termination, you must destroy all copies of any portion of the ACOG Web sites, including any ACOG Content, in your possession.

21. Arbitration; Venue. Any controversy or claim (“Claim”) you have arising out of or relating to these Terms of Use shall be resolved by a single impartial arbitrator pursuant to proceedings administered by the American Arbitration Association under its rules for resolution of commercial disputes. Any such Claim shall be brought solely by you as an individual and not as part of, or as a representative of, a class. The arbitration shall be held in Washington, D.C. All submissions to the arbitrator, the proceedings and the award shall be confidential. The arbitration shall be conducted on an expedited basis with minimal discovery. The arbitrator’s award shall be final and binding. The courts located in the District of Columbia shall have exclusive jurisdiction and venue over (i) any action concerning the enforcement of an arbitration award, or (ii) if arbitration is not permitted by law, then any Claim you have arising out of or relating to these Terms of Use. You agree to unconditionally and irrevocably submit to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of such courts and you will not object to such jurisdiction and venue on the grounds of lack of personal jurisdiction, inconvenient forum or otherwise. EACH PARTY IRREVOCABLY WAIVES ANY AND ALL RIGHT TO TRIAL BY JURY IN ANY LEGAL PROCEEDING ARISING OUT OF OR RELATED TO THESE TERMS OF USE. ACOG reserves all rights and remedies available to it, in law or equity, with respect to any matter relating to these Terms of Use.

Neither party consents or agrees to any arbitration on a class or representative basis, and the arbitrator shall have no authority to proceed with an arbitration on a class or representative basis. No arbitration will be consolidated with any other arbitration proceeding without the consent of all parties. Any claim or controversy as to the enforceability of this arbitration provision’s restriction on your right to participate in or pursue a class action or class wide arbitration shall be brought only in the courts located in the District of Columbia.

22. Governing Law. These Terms of Use and all matters regarding your use of the ACOG Web sites shall be governed by, construed in accordance with, and enforced under the laws of the District of Columbia applicable to contracts made and executed and wholly performed in the District of Columbia, without regard to choice of law principles. Neither the Uniform Computer Information Transaction Act nor the United Nations Convention on Contracts for International Sale of Goods apply and their applicability is expressly excluded. Printed copies of any and all agreements and/or notices in electronic form shall be admissible in any legal, investigative or regulatory proceedings.

23. Waiver and Severability. The failure of ACOG to exercise or enforce any right or provision in these Terms of Use shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any provision of these Terms of Use is found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, illegal, or unenforceable, such provision shall be enforced to the fullest extent of the law, and all other provisions shall remain in full force and effect.

24. Complete Agreement. These Terms of Use, together with any revisions, any Additional Terms or Conditions incorporated by reference, and any Click-through Agreement, constitutes the entire agreement between you and ACOG relating to the ACOG Web sites and its use by you, and supersedes any previous written or oral communication regarding use of the ACOG Web sites. The ACOG Web sites are intended to be consistent with and in furtherance of the policies adopted by the ACOG Executive Board.

 25. Contact Information. If you have any questions or concerns regarding these Terms of Use or the ACOG Web sites, please visit our "Contact Us" page.

26. Statute of Limitations. Regardless of any statute or law to the contrary, any claim or cause of action arising out of or related to your use of the ACOG Web sites must be filed by you within one (1) year after such claim or cause of action arose or be forever barred.

27. Use of ACOG Web sites and ACOG Content outside of the United States. ACOG makes no claims regarding access or use of the ACOG Web sites or the ACOG Content outside of the United States. If you use or access the ACOG Web sites or the ACOG Content outside of the United States, you do so at your own risk and are responsible for compliance with the laws and regulations of your jurisdiction as well as these Terms of Use.

January 2013