Research Autism has proven it is a provider of reliable, high quality information having achieved certification by The Information Standard, a health and care certification programme supported by NHS England.
Following a review of its information production processes, Research Autism met the programme's certification criteria and will therefore be able to display The Information Standard quality mark on its literature and website.
Deepa Korea, Chief Executive of Research Autism said: "We are delighted to have achieved this important kite mark for the health and care information service sector. Research Autism's website, launched in 2007, has built a reputation for being a trusted and impartial source of information about autism treatments, approaches and therapies. Achieving approval from The Information Standard following a rigorous process of review provides independent verification that the site is indeed a high quality provider of autism information."
Ann Robinson, director of public awareness for The Information Standard, commented: "With so much information available now, it is vital the public be able to differentiate between information that is and isn't trustworthy. This is why The Information Standard was established, with its easy to spot quality mark, the public just need to check the mark is on the leaflet or website they're reading to know that the health information produced by that organisation can be relied upon. It is great therefore that Research Autism has become the latest member of the programme and has been recognised as being a trustworthy source of information."
The need for the public to be able to find trustworthy health information was highlighted in a survey, carried out by The Information Standard, which found that eight in 10 people * (78 per cent) think if you are not a health professional, it's easy to be misled by health information. In addition, almost half (49 per cent) of respondents admit that in the past they have believed a piece of health information to be true only to find out later it was inaccurate.
Bernard Fleming, Information Manager, Tel. 020 3490 3091, email email@example.com
For media enquiries about The Information Standard please contact - Natasha Goldspink 0207 654 2137 or Kindra Hyttner 0207 654 2154 or Tiffany Stromsoe 0207 654 2354 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Research Autism is the only UK charity dedicated to the production of quality, trusted information on autism treatments and other approaches. Its Information Centre is informed by world experts and accredited by the NHS Information Standard, an independent kite-mark of reliability and quality. It guides people through the minefield of interventions on offer, allowing them to make informed decisions based on impartial, factual information, including risks and hazards. Its research programme is derived from the priorities of autistic people and families and addresses areas that affect everyday life.
Notes on the survey : *The survey of 2000 people across England was conducted by The Information Standard in March 2012.
The Information Standard is a certification programme for health and care information. It is an independent programme supported by NHS England. Any organisation that produces health and care information can apply to join the programme. If an organisation successfully meets the quality criteria of the standard and becomes certified, it can place the quality mark on its materials. The quality mark is a quick and easy way for the public to identify reliable and trustworthy sources of information. The programme's certified members are a mix of national charities, NHS organisations, voluntary, statutory and commercial organisations. The Information Standard membership base continues to grow steadily as more organisations become certified.