Terms of Use



ERICAS (Evidence RevIew on CArdiometabolic observational Studies) aims to provide clinicians, researchers, policy makers and commissioners working in cardiometabolic medicine with contemporary good quality real-world evidence in the literature. Our website presents good quality evidence that has been evaluated by epidemiologists and statisticians alongside clinical reviews from our Real World Evidence team and growing body of faculty members.



These Terms of Use (together with the documents referred to in it), (“Terms”) tells you the terms of use on which you may make use of our site ERICAS at www.ericas.org and related services (“our site”), whether as a guest or a registered user. Use of our site includes accessing, browsing, or registering to use it.

By using our site, you confirm that you accept these Terms and that you agree to comply with them.


These Terms refer to and expressly incorporate the following additional terms, which also therefore apply to your use of our site:

  • Privacy Policy, which sets out the terms on which we process any personal data we collect from you, or that you provide to us. By using our site, you consent to such processing and you warrant that all data provided by you is accurate.
  • Acceptable Use Policy, which sets out the permitted uses and prohibited uses of our site. When using our site, you must comply with this Acceptable Use Policy.
  • Cookie Policy. The password protected areas of this site incorporates the use of cookies. Cookies are small data text files that are sent from a server computer during a browsing session. Cookies are typically stored on your computers hard drive and are used by site to simulate a continuous connection to that site. In order to make our site more responsive to your needs we use cookies to track and manage information relative to your specific requirements. In this way we can tailor our site to your needs, deliver a better and more personalised service and track the pages on our site that you visit. The use of cookies automatically identifies your browser to our computers whenever you interact with our site. Your browser options allow you to disable cookies. You should note that if you do disable cookies, you may not be able to access all the services on this site.


We reserve the right to change these Terms and notices under which the site is offered. We will do this by altering these Terms on the site and the alteration will then be of immediate effect. For this reason, you should regularly visit these Terms on the site as the current version will be binding on you.


We may update our site from time to time and may change the content at any time. Please note that any of the content on our site may be out of date at any given time and we are under no obligation to update it.


Our site is made available free of charge to users.

We do not guarantee that our site, or any content on it, will always be available, accurate and free from errors or omissions or be uninterrupted. We may suspend, withdraw, discontinue or change all or any part of our site without notice. We will not be liable to you if for any reason our site is unavailable at any time or for any period.

You are responsible for making all arrangements necessary to have access to our site.

You are also responsible for ensuring that all persons who access our site through your internet connection are aware of these Terms and that they comply with them.

As a condition of your use of our site, you warrant that you will not use the site for any purpose that is unlawful or prohibited by these Terms.

You may not modify copy, distribute, disable, transmit, display, perform, reproduce, publish, license, create derivative works from, transfer, or sell any information or services obtained from this website. You may not use this website for anything other than the purpose outlined in these Terms and you may not use spiders or other robotic software tools to gather information from the site or use any applications which could lead to harm to the site. You may not use the ERICAS service to indicate any association with ERICAS or the University of Leicester without prior written consent.

Your use of any information or materials from our site is at your own risk. It shall be your own responsibility to ensure that any information available and which you subsequently use meets your specific requirements.


Your use of the password protected areas of this site are subject to these terms of use.

If you choose, or you are provided with a password or any other piece of information as part of our security procedures, you must treat such information as confidential. You must not disclose it to any third party. You can find out more about online security at https://www.getsafeonline.org/

We have the right to disable any user password or account, whether chosen by you or allocated by us, at any time, if in our reasonable opinion you have failed to comply with any of the provisions of these Terms.

You are responsible for all activity that takes place with your account. You may not authorise any third party to access and/or use the service on your behalf except where the University of Leicester provides a mechanism for third parties to access the service on your behalf. If you know or suspect that anyone other than you knows your user password, you must promptly notify us at lrwe@le.ac.uk.


Product and company names mentioned on the site or other sites or services accessed through the site are owned by third parties. All contents of the site are the copyright of the University of Leicester and are protected by other proprietary rights including but not limited to database rights.

This website is protected by copyright laws and treaties around the world. All such rights are reserved.

You must retain all copyright or trademark notices contained on this site on any copy you make of it or part of it. You may not sell or modify what is on the ERICAS service or reproduce, display, publicly perform, distribute, or otherwise use the content on it in any way for any commercial purpose. The use of such content on any other site or in a networked computer environment for any purpose is prohibited.


The content on our site is provided for general information only. It is not intended to amount to advice on which you should rely. You must obtain professional or specialist advice before taking, or refraining from, any action on the basis of the content on our site.

Although we make reasonable efforts to update the information on our site, we make no representations, warranties or guarantees, whether express or implied that the content on our site is accurate, complete or up-to-date.


Nothing in these terms of use excludes or limits our liability for death or personal injury arising from our negligence, or our fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation, or any other liability that cannot be excluded or limited by English law.

To the extent permitted by law, we exclude all conditions, warranties, representations or other terms which may apply to our site or any content on it, whether express or implied.

We will not be liable to any user for any loss or damage, whether in contract, tort (including negligence), breach of statutory duty, or otherwise, even if foreseeable, arising under or in connection with:

  • use of, or inability to use, our site; or

· use of or reliance on any content displayed on our site.

In particular, we will not be liable for:

  • loss of profits, sales, business, or revenue;
  • business interruption;
  • loss of anticipated savings;
  • loss of business opportunity, goodwill or reputation; or
  • any indirect or consequential loss or damage.

Please note that we only provide our site for domestic and private use. You agree not to use our site for any commercial or business purposes, and we have no liability to you for any loss of profit, loss of business, business interruption, or loss of business opportunity.

We will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by a virus, distributed denial-of-service attack, or other technologically harmful material that may infect your computer equipment, computer programs, data or other proprietary material due to your use of our site or to your downloading of any content on it, or on any site linked to it.

We assume no responsibility for the content of sites linked on our site. Such links should not be interpreted as endorsement by us of those linked sites. We will not be liable for any loss or damage that may arise from your use of them.

Whilst the University of Leicester does make every effort to check the accuracy of information published on this website it cannot give any warranty that information will be accurate or up-to-date and the user acknowledges that the information and services offered on the this website may include inaccuracies, out of date information or typographical errors. In particular, and without limitation to the rest of this Agreement, the University of Leicester is not able to guarantee that the service will continue or be accurate during time of server failure.

Information contained in or accessible via this website changes on a regular basis. The University of Leicester may make improvements or alterations to this website at any time without notice.

The University of Leicester makes no representations about the suitability of the information, and services contained on, or accessed via this website for any purpose. All warranties, terms and conditions with regard to this information, and services, including all warranties, terms and conditions, implied by statute, collaterally or otherwise, of satisfactory quality, fitness for a particular purpose, title, and non-infringement are excluded to the fullest extent permitted by law.


Whenever you make use of a feature that allows you to upload content to our site, or to make contact with other users of our site, you must comply with the content standards set out in our Acceptable Use Policy.

You warrant that any such contribution does complies with those standard, and you will be liable and indemnify us for any breach of that warranty. This means you will be responsible for any loss or damage we suffer as a result of your breach of warranty.

Any content you upload to our site will be considered non-confidential and non-proprietary. You retain all of your ownership rights in your content, but you are required to grant us and other users of our site a limited licence to use, store and copy that content and to distribute and make it available to third parties.

By using the website, you acknowledge and accept we also have the right to disclose your identity to any third party who is claiming that any content posted or uploaded by you to our site constitutes a violation of their intellectual property rights, or of their right to privacy.

We have the right to remove any posting you make on our site if, in our opinion, your post does not comply with the content standards set out in our Acceptable Use Policy.

You are solely responsible for securing and backing up your content.


We do not guarantee that our site will be secure or free from bugs or viruses.

You are responsible for configuring your information technology, computer programmes and platform in order to access our site. You should use your own virus protection software.

You must not misuse our site by knowingly introducing viruses, trojans, worms, logic bombs or other material which is malicious or technologically harmful. You must not attempt to gain unauthorised access to our site, the server on which our site is stored or any server, computer or database connected to our site. You must not attack our site including but not limited to via a denial-of-service attack or a distributed denial-of service attack. By breaching this provision, you would commit a criminal offence under the Computer Misuse Act 1990. We will report any such breach to the relevant law enforcement authorities and we will co-operate with those authorities by disclosing your identity to them. In the event of such a breach, your right to use our site will cease immediately.


If you would like to add a link to the site, you require written consent from the University of Leicester. If you would like information about obtaining the University of Leicester's permission to use any content of this website or if you would like to link your site to this website please email: lrwe@le.ac.uk.

In the event that any consent is given by the University of Leicester to create a link to the site, you must ensure that you do so in a way that is fair and legal and does not damage our reputation or take advantage of it.

You must not establish a link in such a way as to suggest any form of association, approval or endorsement on our part where none exists.

You must not establish a link to our site in any site that is not owned by you.

Our site must not be framed on any other site.

We reserve the right to withdraw linking permission without notice and we shall not be obliged to give a reason for doing so.

The site in which you are linking must comply in all respects with the content standards set out in our Acceptable Use Policy.

If you become concerned about the content of a site linked to or from the site (or anything on the site), please inform the University immediately via e-mail to lrwe@le.ac.uk.


Where our site contains links to other sites and resources provided by third parties, these links are provided for your information only.

We have no control over the contents of those sites or resources.

A reference on the site to any persons, products, web sites or services does not constitute or imply their endorsement, recommendation or favouring by the University of Leicester.


These Terms, its subject matter and its formation, are governed by English law and the courts of England and Wales will have exclusive jurisdiction. In using the services available on this site, you acknowledge and accept that and agree that you will at all times obey all applicable laws.

In operating this site the University of Leicester adheres to the relevant statutory duties and best practice guidance listed below. This list is not exhaustive but provides the legal framework upon which the site is reviewed:

• General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 2018

• Data Protection Act 2018

• Freedom of Information Act 2000

• Human Rights Act 1998

• Common law duty of confidentiality

• Caldicott Guardianship Principles


You agree that no joint venture, partnership, employment, or agency relationship exists between you and the University of Leicester as a result of these Terms or use of the site. Each and every provision of these Terms is separate and severable. If any part of these Terms is determined to be invalid or unenforceable pursuant to applicable law including, the validity and enforceability of the remainder of these Terms shall not be affected.

These Terms constitute the entire agreement between you and the University of Leicester with respect to the site and it supersedes all prior or contemporaneous communications and proposals, whether electronic, oral, or written. These Terms and any notice given in electronic form shall be admissible in judicial or administrative proceedings based upon or relating to these Terms to the same extent and subject to the same conditions as other documents and records originally generated and maintained in printed form. Any rights expressly granted herein are reserved. You will be responsible for all charges, fees, duties, taxes, and assessments arising out of your use of the site.


To contact us, please email lrwe@le.ac.uk

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