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TSC relies on sponsorships from organizations, manufacturers, and others dedicated to providing useful and relevant information. Although there is a commercial benefit for TSC, sponsor information also benefits you, the TSC user, by providing you with information on products and services available in the marketplace. TSC provides opportunities for sponsors to bring you their marketing message and information about their products and services by publishing their information or links within our site.

We also allow third parties to provide funding for TSC to independently create information about certain topics within a specified health category. We have listed the differences between these two types of content below and the steps we take to help you understand what the labels mean.

  • How to Identify Sponsored or Sponsor Influenced Content
  • How to Identify TSC Content that is Funded by a Third Party
  • How to Identify Content that is created with a Third Party in Educational Collaboration

When You See "Sponsor" on TSC


To help make sure you understand that this category of content is not TSC’s content, we always label it as "Sponsored". Sponsored content on TSC is content that has been created by, provided by, or influenced by the named sponsor. While "Sponsored" content is subject to TSC Advertising Policy, it is not subject to TSC’s Editorial Policy. The Sponsor is responsible for the accuracy and objectivity of Sponsored content. TSC takes meaningful steps to help ensure that you will not confuse Sponsored content (content that is influenced by the named sponsor) with content that is original TSC content and is governed by TSC’s Editorial Policy, including TSC Features, TSC News, and other original TSC editorial content.

For Sponsored content on TSC, you will find that:

  • All content on TSC that is created, influenced, or provided by a sponsor is identified with the label "Sponsored by" or "From Our Sponsor."
  • At the top of each Sponsored page, we place descriptive text to inform you that the content on the page is created, influenced, or provided by the sponsor and is under the named sponsor's sole editorial control.
  • You are always informed that content originates from a sponsor before you click to access it, so you are always making an informed decision to view it. Links to this type of content are always identified with distinctive coloring, will carry the "Sponsor" label, and will carry the sponsor's name or logo.
  • Within the sponsor's content, there may be links to the sponsor's web site.
  • When links to the sponsor's web site are included in the sponsored pages, TSC takes meaningful steps to make sure you know that you are visiting another web site. We describe this in more detail in the TSC Privacy Policy.
  • The sponsored content carries the copyright of the named sponsor or the rightful copyright owner.
  • The sponsored content includes a descriptive line at the end of the content noting that TSC does not endorse any specific product, service, or treatment.

When Third Parties Fund the Cost of TSC Editorial Content


In addition to sponsored content, there are times that third parties offer to provide funding for the creation of TSC original content without having any influence over it. By allowing the funding of original TSC editorial content, we can bring you even more information to help you manage your crisis.

In these instances, you will find:

  • We place descriptive text at the top of the page to let you know that TSC created or selected the content without influence from the company who funded the costs associated with the development and production of it.
  • At the top of each page created with funding from a third-party source, we place descriptive text to inform you that the content on the page is created by TSC under TSC’s sole editorial control.
  • You will generally see the words "funded by" followed by the name of the company who funded the content with a hyper link to the definition of "funded by".
  • In some instances, we will also use one of the following three (3) additional labels to let you know that the content was funded by the named third party
  • Brought to you by [Name of third party]: Content under this heading is funded by a third-party and independently created or chosen by TSC. This content is subject to the TSC editorial review process for accuracy, balance and objectivity. The content is not edited or otherwise influenced by the supporting company except with the possible suggestion of the broad topic area.
  • Supported by [Name of third party]: Content under this heading is funded by a third-party and independently created or chosen by TSC. This content is subject to the TSC editorial review process for accuracy, balance and objectivity. The content is not edited or otherwise influenced by the supporting company except with the possible suggestion of the broad topic area.
  • Made possible by a Grant from [Name of third party]: Content under this heading is funded by a third-party and independently created or chosen by TSC. This content is subject to the TSC editorial review process for accuracy, balance and objectivity. The content is not edited or otherwise influenced by the supporting company, except with the possible suggestion of the broad topic area.

When TSC works with Third Parties to Fund the Cost of Educational Content

TSC works with government and other organizations or associations whose primary mission is to educate the public on health topics or issues. We use a specific framework of criteria to review and select these organizations and work with them to create or select content within specific topic areas. The content is reviewed and edited by the third party and then edited and approved by TSC editorial staff. By allowing these organizations to fund the cost of creating more content on TSC, we add even more opportunity for you to stay informed with the latest information the Internet has to offer.

In these instances, you will find:

  • We place descriptive text at the top of the page to let you know that TSC created or selected the content with assistance and collaboration from the organization or association we worked with to produce the content.
  • You will generally see the words "educational collaboration" followed by the name of the company who funded the content with a hyper link to the definition of "educational collaboration".
  • When there are additional third party sponsors involved in the funding process, we will help make that clear to you as well. We will tell you that the educational collaboration was made possible by funding from the named sponsors with hyper links to the sponsor definitions and links to the sponsor's pages. We will label these pages with the sponsor's name and they will be consistent with the "When You See "Sponsor" on TSC" section above.

It is important to note that while Sponsors on TSC are subject to our Advertising Policy, and where appropriate, they must also comply with guidelines from regulatory agencies such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).