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Terms, Conditions and Disclaimers

1. General

By participating on this site, you acknowledge that you are aware of the following terms, conditions and disclaimers, that you understand them and that you agree to be bound by them. If you do not wish to be bound by the following terms, conditions and disclaimers, you must not access or use this site.

AO Foundation ("AO") reserves the right to change or modify these terms, conditions and disclaimers at any time, and you agree to give effect to such changes or modifications upon their being posted to this site.

2. No Advice

This site is not designed for laypersons. The products, procedures and therapies described on in this site are only to be applied in environments specially designed and by medical professionals specially certified and trained for such procedures.

The information provided in this site is for educational and informational purposes only and does not give professional advice or recommend particular products, procedures or therapies. The information contained in this site is not intended to present the only or necessarily the best products, procedures or therapies.

No suggested test or procedure should be carried out unless, in the user's professional judgment, its risk is justified. Whoever applies products, procedures and therapies shown or described on this site will do so at her/his own risk and is responsible for their compliance with all local laws, regulations and medical practice applicable. Because of rapid advances in the medical sciences, AO recommends that independent verification of diagnosis, therapies, drugs, dosages and operation methods should be made before any action is taken.

All information contained in this site is only intended for preparing medical procedures and not for an aid whilst carrying out medical procedures.

Individuals with any type of medical condition are specifically cautioned to seek professional medical advice before beginning any sort of health treatment. For medical concerns, including decisions about medications and other treatments, users of this site should always consult their physician or other qualified healthcare professional.

3. No Warranty

Even though great care has been taken to maintain the accuracy of any material and information appearing on this site, AO does not give any warranty or other assurance as to its content, accuracy, completeness, timelessness, compliance with local laws, regulations and medical practice or to its fitness for any particular purpose. All information contained in this site is provided on an "as is" and "as available" basis without warranties of any kind, expressed or implied.

Any statements about products described in this site are solely the view of AO and do not represent an endorsement or evaluation of or a warranty for such products. These statements may not be used in advertising or for any commercial purposes.

Any graphic or pictorial materials appearing on this site are digitized reproductions which, though viewable, are not of diagnostic quality and are not designed nor intended to replace original images. The digitized reproductions contained on this site are not designed nor intended to become a permanent part of any patient's medical record.

Material published under the name of individual authors are statements and opinions solely of said authors and not of AO. Contributions in interactive discussion platforms are not monitored by AO, and AO therefore gives no warranties neither regarding identity of author nor content of such platforms.

As far as this site contains links to external sites, AO is not responsible for and has no control over the content of such sites. Information available via hypertext link from AO is made available without responsibility on the part of AO.

AO does not give any warranty or other assurance as to the operation, quality or functionality of this site. Access to the site may be interrupted, restricted or delayed for any reason. Moreover, AO does not give any warranty or other assurance as to the security and confidentiality of any internet-transmission to or from the site. Therefore, the site or any of the fax and mailing addresses should not be used to send confidential information.

4. No Liability

To the full extent permissible by law, AO disclaims all responsibility for any damages or losses (including, without limitation, personal injury, financial loss, damages for loss in business projects, loss of profits or other consequential losses) arising in contract, tort or otherwise from the use of or inability to use this site or any material or information appearing on this site, or from any action or decision taken as a result of using this site or any such material or information.

5. Intellectual Property Rights

Unless otherwise stated, all intellectual property rights (including, but not limited to copyright, database rights and similar rights) in all material published on this site are owned by AO or AO Technology AG. AO and AO Technology AG reserve all their intellectual property rights. Prints or download extracts from this material as well as any other reproductions are permitted for educational and research purposes or personal use only. None of this material may be used for any commercial use.

No part of, or any material appearing on, this site may be reproduced, stored in or transmitted on any other web-site (incl. intranet) nor is it permitted to create any derivative works based on the works contained on this site without written permission of AO or AO Technology AG, respectively.

Some names, instruments, treatments, logos, designs etc. referred to on this site are protected by patents, trademarks or other intellectual property rights (e.g. "AO", "ASIF", "AO/ASIF", "TRIANGLE/GLOBE Logo" are registered trademarks) even though specific reference to this fact is not always made on this site. Therefore, the appearance of a name, instrument etc. without designation as proprietary is not to be construed as a representation by AO or AO Technology AG that it is in the public domain.

6. Privacy Policy

AO may collect personal data voluntarily provided by users of the Site (such as name, address, e-mail address, telephone number etc.) in compliance with the Swiss Act on Data Protection. Personal data will only be used to improve the content of the Site and the comfort of the user, for marketing purposes, in connection with the payment of fees due by you or to contact the respective persons in order to provide them with information they may be interested in according to the estimation of AO. Any and all personal data will only be used by AO or, in case of payments of fees due by you, by the third parties involved in the payment and money transfer process. Other persons will not be informed on personal data. Moreover, AO restricts access to personal data to those employees who need to know that information.

Subject to the exceptions set out above, any personal data you disclose to AO will not be disclosed to third parties. AO does not see or store your credit card details. Payments are processed through a secure payment system. AO will take reasonable measures to prevent unauthorised access to your personal data.

You can at any time ask AO to send you a copy of your personal data or ask AO to inform you on the use of such data. Moreover, AO will correct or delete your personal data at any time in case you wish so. You can reach the competent body for this as follows:

Email: support@aofoundation.org

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Advertisers are responsible for ensuring that material submitted for inclusion on this site complies with all relevant laws and regulations as well as ethical and medical standards. AO will not take responsibility for any error, omission or inaccuracy in advertising material. Appearance on this site does not constitute a guarantee or endorsement of the quality or value of a product or of the allegations made by the manufacturers.

8. Infringement and indemnification

If you do not comply with these terms and conditions, we have the right to suspend or eliminate your account and we reserve the right to any legal action we think is appropriate.

If, based on an agreement between you and AO, you are entitled to access this site to third persons, you represent that all such third persons using this site are contractually bound by these terms and conditions as well.

You agree to defend, indemnify and hold AO harmless from any and all liabilities, costs and expenses, including reasonable attorney's fees, related to any violation of these terms and conditions.

9. No right to visit the Site

Unless expressly stated in this or another written agreement between you and AO, AO has no legal duty to you, and may at any time and without giving grounds prevent you from visiting the Site and enjoy the services connected therewith.

10. Miscellaneous

You shall not assign any rights and obligations under this agreement without AO's prior written consent.

The parties of this agreement are and remain independent parties. It is not the parties' intent to create and this agreement does not create the formation of a partnership, joint venture or similar relationship between the parties.

Should any provision of this agreement be invalid or unenforceable, the remaining provisions shall be valid. In the place of an invalid provision, a valid provision is presumed to be agreed upon by the parties, which comes economically closest to the one actually agreed upon.

11. Applicable Law and Jurisdiction

This site is solely governed by Swiss substantive law, regardless of where the person using the site resides or where this person made her posting, transaction or connection with the site. Any controversy with respect to the use of the site will be decided by the courts of canton Grisons, Switzerland. However, AO will be free to raise claims at other jurisdictions in Switzerland and other countries.