Legal disclaimer

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The following are the rules, conditions and guidelines that apply to the European Lung Foundation (ELF) website.

The ELF is based in Switzerland and this privacy policy has been developed according to the legal obligations in this country and may be updated from time to time.


  • All rights reserved. No part of this website may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise without the prior permission of ELF.
  • ELF hereby authorises the copying/downloading of materials published by it on the website for non-commercial use only, provided any copy retains all copyright and other proprietary notices contained herein.
    Users may not post or transmit any messages that are libellous, defamatory, abusive, anti-competitive, illegal or violate any other person's copyrights, privacy rights, trademarks, trade secrets or rights in other confidential information.
  • The names, trademarks and logos of ELF appearing on this site may not be used in any advertising or publicity, or otherwise used to indicate sponsorship, endorsement of, or affiliation with any product or service, without prior written permission from the ELF.
  • Users may not post any information or other material protected by copyright without the permission of the copyright owner.

Linking to external sites

  • The ELF site includes external links which provide direct access to other internet sites, the ELF takes no responsibility for the content or information contained in them, and does not exert any editorial or other control over these external sites.
  • The ELF cannot guarantee that these external links will work at all times and has no control over their availability.
  • Please note that once you leave the ELF website you are no longer under the obligation of our privacy policy but of the external site you are visiting.

Reliance on information

  • The ELF shall not be liable for any financial loss, damage or injury which may arise from the use of or reliance upon any information or advice provided in this website.
  • The ELF does not guarantee that the material contained in this site will be uninterrupted or error free and that this site or the server that makes it available are free of viruses or bugs.
  • Information provided on the website does not constitute medical advice or treatment. ELF expressly disclaims all liability for treatment, diagnosis, decisions and actions taken or not taken in reliance upon information contained in this website.
  • ELF does not actively monitor the site for inappropriate postings, nor does ELF exercise editorial control over postings. In the event that any inappropriate posting is brought to the attention of ELF, ELF reserves the right, but has no obligation, to review and remove such postings that ELF considers to be inappropriate, defamatory or otherwise objectionable.

IP addresses/statistics

Please note that all IP addresses are logged onto the ELF web server each time information is requested from the website. This may be used by the ELF for statistical purposes to determine the rate at which pages are being accessed. This information will help the ELF to develop the website and its services according to the specific requirements identified. All information will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Applicable law and dispute resolution

  • “Applicable law: the use in any way of the European Lung Foundation website will be governed and constructed in accordance with the laws of Switzerland”
  • “Dispute resolution: Any dispute arising in any way in connection with the use of the European Lung Foundation website will be resolved by the ordinary courts of Lausanne, Switzerland.”

Intellectual property

Website content:
The content of the website is protected by the author’s right.

The ELF is also responsible for the content of the website. It should therefore regularly review it’s content, in particular regarding the information that could be posted, if any, by the general public.

Website presentation:
The presentation of the website is also protected by the author’s right, as long as it’s sufficiently distinctive and individualised. This is not the case if the website can be considered as “standard”.

Protection against abusive use of the website
The ELF may not be liable for any financial loss or damage which may arise consequently to an unauthorised and illegal use by a third party of the ELF website.

Data protection
The ELF may not be liable for any financial loss or damage which may arise consequently to an unauthorised and illegal use by a third party of the information filed on the ELF website server.

Data transmission
The ELF reserves it’s right to provide any data filed on its server upon a formal and legal request by the competent authorities.



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