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LighthouseECRI Institute is an independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to benefit patient care by promoting the highest standards of safety, quality, and cost-effectiveness in healthcare. We accomplish this through our research, publishing, education, and consultation.

Our goal is to be the world's most trusted, independent, organization providing healthcare information, research, publishing, education and consultation to organizations and individuals in healthcare.

Conflict of InterestThe Integrity of Independence
Remaining unbiased is difficult, if not impossible, when conflicts of interest are present. That is why we strictly enforce our conflict-of-interest rules and have carefully developed an environment that maximizes objectivity, productivity, and integrity of process. These rules have been in effect and enforced since 1971.

We accept no grants, gifts, finder’s fees, or consulting projects from, and our employees are not permitted to own stock shares in, medical device or pharmaceutical firms. To make sure that is the case, we examine each employee’s federal income tax return after it is filed. And, we accept no advertising revenues from any source. Read full text of ECRI Institute's Conflict-of-Interest Policy.

No Commercialization
ECRI Institute accepts no advertising and does not permit use of its name or studies in advertising or for promotional purposes by medical device or pharmaceutical companies. Please advise us if you find such violations of our policy so we may take appropriate action at

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ECRI Institute assures its Web site visitors that their names and contact information are protected and not made available to third parties. Contact information is used only by ECRI Institute in order to better serve its visitors.

Information on this Web site is time sensitive, and ECRI Institute's Web site also includes some information from outside sources that we believe are reliable. However, we do not guarantee the accuracy, timeliness, or completeness of information found on this Web site. ECRI Institute makes no warranty of any kind, including implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

“Health statistics represent people with the tears wiped off.”
–Sir Austin Bradford Hill

This quote is prominently displayed in our health technology assessment work area and is discussed with all new employees. It is an important daily reminder to our staff and something we wish to share with you. Read our blog post.