Code of Conduct

Community Rules & Etiquette and Privacy Guidelines


Thank you for being part of our community. AAPS has established this site to serve as venue for professional networking and communications in support of the members of the pharmaceutical scientists’ community.

To ensure the best possible experience for all members, we have established some guidelines for participation. The purpose of these guidelines of conduct is to address behavior, not to censor content or to inhibit conversation about late-breaking or controversial ideas. By joining and using this community, you agree that you have read and will follow these rules and guidelines.

By joining and using this community, you agree that you have read and will follow these rules and guidelines. You agree to reserve discussions and shared files to those related to the purpose of this forum. This is a great medium with which to solicit the advice of your peers, benefit from their experience, and participate in an ongoing conversation. Questions should be directed to our member services department through the Contact Us link on this site.

Please take a moment to acquaint yourself with these important guidelines. If you have questions, contact the member services department. In order to preserve an environment that encourages both civil and fruitful dialogue, we reserve the right to remove any content AAPS deems inappropriate and to suspend or terminate membership in this community for anyone who violates these rules.

The Rules

•        Respect others. Focus on the content of posts and not on the people making them. Please extend the benefit of the doubt to new guests and members; there’s no such thing as a stupid question. Don't attack others. The discussions and comments are meant to stimulate conversation, not to create contention. Let others have their say, just as you may.

•        Respect the purpose of the community. Use the community to share successes, challenges, constructive feedback, questions, and goals instead of products or services that you provide. If you’ve found a product or service helpful, please share your experience with the group in a respectful way.

•        Commercial messages and promotions are not permitted in the community. We welcome you to share information about upcoming conferences, new research, and helpful products, but in a way that benefits the entire community. For example, creating a discussion around the content of an upcoming conference and gaining insight on recommended courses is acceptable. Uploading marketing material about the conference without engaging members for feedback or advice is not. When in doubt, please contact and we will help you formulate a post that meets the guidelines.

•        Job postings are not permitted in the community. AAPS provides a separate service that helps you promote job openings. Please visit for more information.

•        Use caution when discussing products. Information posted on the discussion groups and in the libraries is available for any visitor to see, and comments are subject to libel, slander, and antitrust laws.

•        All defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, or illegal materials are strictly prohibited, and AAPS will remove it. Do not post anything that you would not want the world to see or that you would not want anyone to know came from you.

•        Respect intellectual property. Post content that you have personally created or have permission to use and have properly attributed to the content creator.

•        When posting items in our collaborative environment, please indicate if the item is not available for reuse. It’s also advisable to contact the owner of any material if you would like to reuse it.

•        Post your message or documents only to the most appropriate communities. This helps ensure all messages receive the best response by eliminating "noise."

•        AAPS respects the AAPS Community. We understand that people may inadvertently violate the rules, and we will not immediately ban someone from the community following a single violation. Rather, AAPS follows a graduated enforcement policy for these guidelines.

•        Note carefully all items listed in the disclaimer and legal rules below, particularly regarding the copyright ownership of information posted.

•        Please note that anything you post may be copied by others on the site and shared.

The AAPS Community is not a social media platform. It is not open to the public; members must be logged in to access any content. 

Anonymous posting is available for use if you would not like your name/company associated with a post. Keep in mind that anonymous posts are subject to the same rules as those attached to your name.


Discussion Group Etiquette

State concisely and clearly the topic of your comments in the subject line. This allows members to respond more appropriately to your posting and makes it easier for members to search the archives by subject.

Send messages such as "thanks for the information" or "me, too" to individuals, not to the entire list. Do this by using the "Reply to Sender" link in every message.

Do not send administrative messages, such as “remove me from the list,” to the group. Instead, use the web interface to change your settings or to remove yourself from a list. If you are changing email addresses, you do not need to remove yourself from the list and rejoin under your new email address. Simply change your settings.

Privacy Policy

Any personal information you provide to us including and similar to your name, address, telephone number and e-mail address will not be released, sold, or rented to any entities or individuals outside of our organization except as noted below.

With Whom Do We Share the Personal Information We Collect Through This Site:

We don’t share this information.

Our Service Providers

We may share your personal information with companies (including our affiliates) that perform services on our behalf, for example, companies that help process credit card payments. Our service providers are required by contract to protect the confidentiality of the personal information we share with them and to use it only to provide specific services on our behalf.

Business Transfers

Your personal information may be transferred to another entity (either an affiliated entity or an unrelated third party) in connection with a merger, reorganization, dissolution or similar corporate event. If such a transfer were ever to occur, the acquiring entity’s use of your personal information will still be subject to this Privacy Policy.

Government and Legal Disclosures

We may disclose the personal information we collect through this Site, when we, in good faith, believe disclosure is appropriate to comply with the law (or a court order or subpoena); to prevent or investigate a possible crime, such as fraud or identity theft; to enforce our Terms and Conditions or other agreements that govern your use of this Site; or to protect the rights, property or safety of our company, our users, or others

External Sites

We are not responsible for the content of external Internet sites. You are advised to read the privacy policy of external sites before disclosing any personal information.


A "cookie" is a small data text file that is placed in your browser and allows us to recognize you each time you visit this site (personalization, etc.). Cookies themselves do not contain any personal information, and we do not use cookies to collect personal information. Cookies may also be used by 3rd party content providers such as news-feeds.

Remember the Risks Whenever You Use the Internet

While we do our best to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee the security of any information that you transmit to us and you are solely responsible for maintaining the secrecy of any passwords or other account information. In addition other Internet sites or services that may be accessible through our site have separate data and privacy practices independent of us, and therefore we disclaim any responsibility or liability for their policies or actions. Please contact those vendors and others directly if you have any questions about their privacy policies.  For any other information please contact us using the Contact Us page.


Terms of Use


These terms (the “Terms”) govern any use by you of AAPS Communities (the “Site”) and all of the products, software, services, and web sites (collectively, the “Services”) offered by the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (“AAPS”).

By accessing the Site and/or using any of the services of site, you agree to be bound by all of the Terms and Conditions of this Agreement. Your activities on the Site or use of the Services may also be governed by additional guidelines, rules or agreements, all of which are incorporated by reference herein. AAPS reserves the right to modify these Terms, at its sole discretion, with or without notice to you.

1.      Description of Services.

This site is provided as a service for the members of AAPS.  AAPS is not responsible for the opinions and information posted on this site by others. We disclaim all warranties with regard to information posted on this site, whether posted by AAPS or any third party this disclaimer includes all implied warranties of merchantability and fitness. In no event shall AAPS be liable for any special, indirect, or consequential damages or any damages whatsoever resulting from loss of use, data, or profits, arising out of or in connection with the use or performance of any information posted on this site.

By posting material, the posting party warrants and represents that he or she owns the copyright with respect to such material or has received permission from the copyright owner. In addition, the posting party grants ASPS the nonexclusive right and license to display, copy, publish, distribute, transmit, print, and use such information or other material.

2.      Eligibility/Registration.

You agree that your activities on the Site and any use of the Services shall be in accordance with (a) these Terms (b) the Site’s Community Guidelines and (c) any applicable law, regulation or generally accepted practices or guidelines. Use of the Services is limited to parties that lawfully can enter into and form contracts under applicable law. Without limiting of the foregoing, minors may not use the Services without the supervision of a responsible adult.

You agree that you will not engage in any activity that, in AAPS’s sole judgment, interferes with or disrupts the Services, the servers and networks that are connected to the Services, or the activities of others on the Site or the quiet enjoyment of others on the Site. Your failure to comply with this requirement may result in immediate suspension of your right to access one or more of the Services. You acknowledge and agree that in the event of such suspension, you may be prevented from accessing the Services, your account details or any files or other Content (as defined in Section 5) contained in your account.

In order to use certain of the Services, you may have to first register by providing your real name, address, phone number, e-mail address, and/or other relevant information, as appropriate. By registering, you represent that you have all requisite right, power and authority to bind yourself to any applicable agreement(s) and to perform your obligations thereunder. If you are acting on behalf of an institution or company, you represent that you are authorized to bind the institution or company. You agree to provide accurate and complete information, and to update such information as necessary to keep it up-to-date and accurate. AAPS reserves the right to review all registration applications, and to accept or reject any applicant(s) in its sole judgment. You may not transfer or assign your registration to any other party.

You are solely responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of any password associated with any account you use to access the Services and for any and all activities that occur under your account.  If you become aware of any unauthorized use of your password or of your account, or of any other breach of security you must notify AAPS immediately at You understand that through your use of the Services you consent to AAPS’s collection and use of your registration data and certain other information about you, all as set forth in the AAPS’s Policy, posted below, and updated from time to time.

AAPS may access, preserve, and/or disclose your account information, or Content if required to do so by law, or in a good faith belief that such access, preservation, or disclosure is reasonably necessary to (a) comply with legal process, (b) enforce the Terms; (c) respond to claims that any Content violates the rights of third parties, (d) respond to your requests for customer services, or (e) protect the rights, property, or personal safely of the AAPS, its users, and/or the public.

3.      Fees.  Certain of the Community activities and Services may require the payment of fees to AAPS or other users. Any such fees, and acceptable methods of payment, will be detailed in the relevant agreement, rules or guidelines governing such Service(s).

4.      Acceptable Behavior.

Without limiting any other provision of these Terms, you agree that you will not:

         •        upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available Content (as defined in Section 6) that is unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortious, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, libelous, invasive of another’s privacy, hateful, or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable;

         •        harm minors in any way;

         •        impersonate any person or entity, including, but not limited to, an AAPS official, forum leader, guide or host, or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity;

         •        forge headers or otherwise manipulate identifiers in order to disguise the origin of any Content transmitted through a Service;

         •        upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any Content that you do not have a right to make available under any law or under contractual or fiduciary relationships;

         •        upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any Content that infringes any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or other proprietary rights of any party;

         •        upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, promotional materials, “junk mail,” “spam,” “chain letters,” “pyramid schemes,” or any other form of solicitation;

         •        upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any material that contains software viruses or any other computer code, files or programs designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment;

         •        act in a manner that negatively affects other users’ quiet enjoyment of the Services;

         •        interfere with or disrupt the Service or servers or networks connected to the Service, or disobey any requirements, procedures, policies or regulations of networks connected to the Service;

         •        intentionally or unintentionally violate any applicable local, state, national or international law, including any regulations having the force of law;

         •        “stalk” or otherwise harass another; and/or

         •        collect or store personal data about other users, except as is explicitly provided for in any applicable agreement or guidelines governing one or more of the Services;

         •        set up additional account(s) to be used for deceptive purposes.

         •        post messages that encourage or facilitate members to arrive at any agreement that either expressly or by implication leads to price fixing, a boycott of another's business, or other conduct intended to illegally restrict free trade. Messages that encourage or facilitate an agreement about the following subjects are inappropriate: prices, discounts, or terms or conditions of sale; salaries; profits, profit margins, or cost data; market shares, sales territories, or markets; allocation of customers or territories; or selection, rejection, or termination of customers or suppliers.

          Ÿ post any defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, or illegal materials. 

          Ÿ     post any information or other material protected by copyright without the permission of the copyright owner

If you violate any of the above terms, we will follow the below process to notify you and address consequences:

  1. First Violation: An email notice is sent to the member who violates the guidelines.
  2. Second Violation: An email notice is sent to the member who violates the guidelines. The individual’s AAPS Communities account is put into moderation so that messages from his/her account are reviewed before they are posted online.
  3. Third Violation: The member's AAPS Communities access is suspended for one month.

*If violations continue to occur, our Serious Offense Policy will be followed.


5.      Content.

AAPS is not responsible for any information, data, text, photographs, graphics, video, messages, tags, or other material (collectively referred to herein as “Content”) posted by Users of the Site other than content posted by AAPS. AAPS makes no representations with respect to the accuracy, integrity, or quality of any such Content, and shall not in any way be liable for any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of the use of any Content posted, emailed, transmitted or otherwise made available via the Service.

You are solely responsible for any Content posted by you on the Site or offered by you through a Service, including, without limitation, for any errors or omissions in any Content, or any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of the use of any Content posted, emailed, transmitted, or otherwise made available via the Services. You represent that you have the right to post or transmit such Content, and, by posting or transmitting such Content, you give AAPS a license to publish and distribute such Content though the Services and to incorporate such Content into other AAPS websites, works in any format or medium now known or later developed. You are solely responsible for protecting and enforcing any intellectual property and other rights in your Content; AAPS shall have no obligation to do so on your behalf.

Content presented to you as part of the Services, including but not limited to advertisements in the Services and sponsored Content within the Services may be protected by intellectual property rights which are owned by the sponsors or advertisers who provide that Content through the Services (or by other persons or companies on their behalf). You may not modify, rent, lease, loan, sell, distribute or create derivative works based on such Content that you do not own unless you have been explicitly granted a license to do so by the owner of that Content, in a separate agreement.

AAPS shall have the right, but not the obligation, to remove any Content that it determines, at its sole discretion, may violate any law, regulation or guideline or may be offensive.

With respect to any Content that you have submitted to the Site, you have the right to request AAPS remove such Content, thus revoking any rights AAPS has with respect to such Content. Requests of this kind are to be submitted to

6.      Use and Storage of Information.

You acknowledge that AAPS may establish general practices and limits concerning use of the Site and/or any Service, including without limitation, the maximum number of days that messages are stored, message board postings, other uploaded Content will be retained by a Service, the maximum number of messages that may be sent from or received by an account on a Service, the maximum size of any message or board posting that may be sent from or received by an account, the maximum disk space that will be allotted on AAPS’s servers on your behalf, and the maximum number of times (and the maximum duration for which) you may access a Service given in a given period of time. You agree that AAPS has no responsibility or liability for the deletion or failure to store any messages and other communications, including but not limited to message board posts, or other Content maintained or transmitted by a Service.

You acknowledge that AAPS reserves the right to log off accounts that are inactive for an extended period of time. There is currently not a limit on the amount of accounts per person with the exception of fake accounts (accounts set up by a user to deceive the public as to the account holder’s identity or accounts set up to deceive the public as to the true identity of the user). Attempting to create Fake Puppet accounts may jeopardize your ability to access the Services, and your original account may be banned and/or closed. All accounts will be reviewed and approved by AAPS. You further acknowledge that AAPS reserves the right to modify these general practices and limits from time to time, in its sole discretion.

You acknowledge and agree AAPS may access, preserve, and disclose your account information, and/or Content if required to do so by law, or, if it believes, in good faith, that such access, preservation, or disclosure is reasonably necessary to (a) comply with legal process, (b) enforce these Terms, (c) respond to claims that any Content violates the rights of third parties, (d) respond to your request for customer services; or (e) protect the rights, property, or personal safely of AAPS, its users, and the public.

7.      Indemnity.  You agree to indemnify and hold AAPS and its subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, agents, employees, partners and licensors harmless from any claim or demand, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, made by any third party due to or arising out of Content you submit, post, transmit or otherwise make available through the Service, your use of any Service, your connection to the Service, your violation of the Terms, or your violation of any rights of another user.

8.      Termination of Your Account.

By AAPS.  You agree that AAPS may, under certain circumstances, and without prior notice, immediately terminate your account, any associated account(s), and access to any Service indefinitely or for a set period of time. A termination of an account, whether temporarily or permanent, may include limitations to accessing any Service(s), but your profile, including your posts, will not be deleted unless you instruct AAPS to remove your profile. Cause for such termination shall include, but not be limited to, (a) breaches or violations of the Terms or other incorporated agreements or guidelines, (b) requests by law enforcement or other government agencies, (c) a request by you (self-initiated account deletions), (d) discontinuance or material modification to the Service (or any part thereof), (e) unexpected technical or security issues or problems, (f) extended periods of inactivity, (g) engagement by you in fraudulent or illegal activities, and/or (h) nonpayment of any fees owed by you in connection with the Services. Further, you agree that any termination by AAPS shall be at AAPS’s sole discretion and that the AAPS shall not be liable to you or any third party for any termination of your account, any associated Content, or access to a Service.

By You.  You are unable to terminate your account or delete your account data at any time for any reason.

9.      Disclaimer of Warranties.

You expressly acknowledge and agree that:

         1.      Your use of the Service is at your sole risk. The Service is provided on an “AS IS” and “AS AVAILABLE” basis. AAPS expressly disclaims all warranties of any kind, whether express or implied including, but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, title and non-infringement.

         2.      AAPS makes no warranty that (i) a Service will meet your requirements; (ii) a Service will be uninterrupted, timely, secure or error-free; (iii) the results that may be obtained from the use of a Service will be accurate or reliable; (iv) the quality of any products, services, information or other material purchased or obtained by you through a Service will meet your expectations; and (v) any errors in the Site, a Service or any software will be corrected.

         3.      Any material downloaded or otherwise obtained through the use of a Service is accessed at your own discretion and risk, and you will be solely responsible for any damage to your computer system or loss of data that results from the download of any such material.

         4.      No advice or information, whether oral or written, obtained by you from the AAPS or through or from the service shall create any warranty not expressly stated in these Terms.

10.    Limitation of Liability.


11.    Copyright.

If you believe that AAPS or any user of Service infringed your copyright in any material way, please notify our AAPS at and provide the following information:

         1.      An identification of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed.

         2.      An identification of the material or Service that you claim is infringing or is subject to infringing activity, with enough detail so that we can locate the material on our site.

         3.      Your name, address, telephone number and e-mail address.

         4.      A statement by you that you have a good-faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner or by law.

         5.      A statement by you declaring that the above information in your Notice is accurate, made under penalty of perjury, and that you are authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright interest involved.

         6.      Your physical or electronic signature.

12.    Miscellaneous.

Unless you have agreed otherwise in writing with AAPS, nothing in these Terms gives you a right to use any of AAPS’s trade names, trademarks, service marks, logos, domain names, or other distinctive brand features.

Without limiting the foregoing, AAPS’s logos and service names are trademarks of AAPS. You agree that you shall not display or use these marks in any manner, and that you will not remove, obscure, or alter any proprietary rights notices (including copyright and trade mark notices) which may be affixed to or contained within the Services.

         •        Governing Law; Disputes; Consent to Personal Jurisdiction.  This Agreement will be governed by the Laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia without regard to its principles regarding conflicts of law. In the event of any dispute between you and AAPS, you agree to take all reasonable steps to resolve the dispute quickly and efficiently first, through good faith negotiations, and then, through formal mediation or arbitration if requested by AAPS in its sole discretion. In the event of a dispute that cannot be resolved in accordance with the foregoing principle, the state and federal courts of DC shall have exclusive jurisdiction over any matter arising hereunder, and you hereby consent to personal jurisdiction in those.

         •        Waiver and Severability of Terms.  The failure of AAPS to exercise or enforce any right or provision of these Terms or any agreement shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any provision of these Terms is found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties’ intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Terms shall remain in full force and effect.

         •        Links/Other Web Sites.  The Service may provide, or third parties may provide, links to other World Wide Web sites or resources. Because AAPS has no control over such sites and resources, you acknowledge and agree that AAPS is not responsible for the availability of such external sites or resources, and does not endorse and is not responsible or liable for any content, advertising, products or other materials on or available from such sites or resources. You further acknowledge and agree that AAPS shall not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with use of or reliance on any such content, goods or services available on or through any such site or resource.

         •        No Right of Survivorship and Non-Transferability.  You agree that your account is non-transferable and any rights to your ID, Content within your account terminate upon your death. Upon receipt of a copy of a death certificate, your account may be terminated and all contents therein permanently deleted.

         •        Notice. Any notice under this Agreement shall be sent by email to

         •        Service Levels.  AAPS does not guarantee continuous, uninterrupted or secure access to the Service or the Site.

         •        Additional Acknowledgments.  You acknowledge that: (a) You are entering into this Agreement voluntarily and without any duress or undue influence; (b) You have carefully read this Agreement and fully understand its terms, consequences, and binding effect; (c) You have sought the advice of an attorney of Your choice if so desired prior to entering into this Agreement; and (d) You understand that by performing under this Agreement, You agree to be bound by its the terms.

13.    Copyright Notice.

Copyright American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (“AAPS”). All Rights Reserved. All Content Copyright and other rights reserved by its Respective Owners. No Content May Be Duplicated Without Express Written Consent.

Any content, trademark(s), or other material that may be found on the website that is not AAPS’s property remains the copyright of its respective owner(s). In no way does AAPS claim ownership or responsibility for such items, and you should seek legal consent for any use of such materials from its owner.

14.    Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

AAPS respects the intellectual property of others, and we ask our users to do the same. AAPS may, in appropriate circumstances and at its discretion, disable and/or terminate the accounts of users who may be infringing the intellectual property rights of others.

If you believe that your work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, or your intellectual property rights have been otherwise violated, please provide AAPS’s Copyright Agent, in writing, with the following information:

         •        A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed;

         •        Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed, or, if multiple copyrighted works at a single online site are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works at that site;

         •        Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled and information reasonably sufficient to permit the service provider to locate the material; In order to expedite the processing of your notice, please include a URL (link) to the webpage or data in question.

         •        Information reasonably sufficient to permit us to contact you, such as an address, telephone number, and, if available, an electronic mail;

         •        A statement that you have a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and

         •        A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that you are authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

15.    Designated Agent.

AAPS has a designated Copyright Agent to receive notifications of claimed infringement:

Copyright Agent:  Walter T. Marlowe

By email:

         By mail:    American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists

                           2107 Wilson Blvd.

                           Suite 700

                           Arlington, VA 2201-3042

16.    Counter-Notice.

If you believe that your submission that was removed (or to which access was disabled) is not infringing, or that you have the authorization from the copyright owner, the copyright owner’s agent, or pursuant to the law, to post and use the content on the website, you may send a counter-notice containing the following information to the Copyright Agent:

         1.      Your physical or electronic signature;

         2.      Identification of the content that has been removed or to which access has been disabled and the location at which the content appeared before it was removed or disabled;

         3.      A statement that you have a good faith belief that the content was removed or disabled as a result of mistake or a misidentification of the content; and

         4.      Your name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address, a statement that you consent to the jurisdiction of the federal court in the District of Columbia, and a statement that you will accept service of process from the person who provided notification of the alleged infringement.

If a counter-notice is received by the Copyright Agent, AAPS may send a copy of the counter-notice to the original complaining party informing that party that AAPS may replace the removed content or cease disabling it in 10 business days. Unless the party claiming to be the copyright owner files an action seeking a court order against the content provider, member or user, the removed content may be replaced, or access to it restored, in 10 to 14 business days or more after receipt of the counter-notice, at AAPS’s sole discretion.