Guidelines for Use of American Heart Association Materials in Electronic Format

Updated:Mar 7,2011

Posting On Internet Sites

Permission may be granted to use American Heart Association materials on third party websites with the following caveats:

  1. AHA materials may be posted for a 12--month term beginning on date final approval is granted (all fees and the signed Copyright Use Agreement must be received before final approval will be granted).  All AHA material and links must be removed from requestor’s website after that 12--month period.  You will need to re-apply for permission to re-post the material when the initial 12--month period, and any subsequent extension, expires.
  2. AHA limits each requestor to 2 electronic formats per request; this does not include recipes or   ECC/CPR materials
  3. The requestor must agree to include a link back to the source of the material on the AHA website.
  4. AHA material may not be used in such a way that could lead a reasonable person to believe that the AHA has endorsed (implied or otherwise) any company, or approved or reviewed printed materials, goods, products or services offered by any company.
  5. AHA material may not be used for sales presentations nor for sales purposes online.  AHA materials may be used for educational purposes only.
  6. If at any time these guidelines are not followed, the requestor must immediately remove all AHA materials and links from its website.

CD-ROMs That  Accompany Textbooks

Permission may be granted to use American Heart Association materials on a CD-ROM that accompanies a textbook with the following caveats:

  1. AHA copyright citation must appear with AHA material on CD-ROM as it appears in text.
  2. CD-ROM may not be sold separately from textbook.
  3. In order to ensure that the most current AHA scientific message/information is being used, permission to use the material on CD-ROM must be renewed prior to any reprints of the textbook and prior to printing of new editions of the textbook.

On-Line Versions of Journal Articles

Permission may be granted to include American Heart Association information in on-line journal articles with the following caveats:

  1. AHA information must be posted as a “read only” document.
  2. The page where the AHA information appears must include a notation that the information is used with permission and that all requests to use this information must come through the AHA.
  3. Page must include a link back to the full document on the AHA site.

Continuing Medical Education (CME) Use

Permission may be granted to include American Heart Association information in on-line CME courses and PowerPoint presentations for CME courses with the following caveats:

  1. The CME website must require a subscription or password to access material.
  2. AHA material may only be posted for 12 months from the date of the initial course offering.
  3. AHA information must be posted as a “read only” document
  4. Presentations at meetings/symposiums must be made by individual presenters as part of research/information presentation and not representing any for-profit company.
  5. PowerPoint presentations can only be posted on password protected or subscription sites for 12 months after the live presentation.
  6. AHA material can only be included on a CD that is handed out at no-charge to participants as part of take away information.  CD must be formatted as “read-only” and with AHA copyright citation.

PowerPoint Presentations

Permission may be granted to include American Heart Association information in PowerPoint presentations with the following caveats:

  1. Student projects may only be presented in a classroom setting for academic credit.
  2. Material cannot be used in a PowerPoint presentation given by sales staff from a for-profit company or used to promote a commercial product or service, or otherwise used in a way that implies approval or endorsement of a company, product or service.
  3. PowerPoint presentations can only be posted on password protected or subscription sites for 12 months after the live presentation.