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Our code of conduct

  • Basel HCD is primarily a professional networking platform for interested members, directly or indirectly associated with the life sciences industry. Inclusion to the group is free of charge and by invitation. Recommendations by existing members are strongly encouraged.

  • The following rules for postings and communication exchanges are to be strictly observed at all times:

  • All members have viewpoints which are to be respected by all. We may not agree with each order but need to remain civilized and polite when disagreeing with a viewpoint.  Emotions do not help, even if a member feels strongly about an issue.

  • Bullying or putting down another HCD member are not an acceptable code of behaviour and will be dealt with in the strongest possible manner.

  • Individual political views are strictly forbidden to be shared in the open forum. Additionally, politics as sometimes observed in today’s organizations are actively discouraged and likely to elicit a strong rebuke from the group administrators.

  • Gender, racial & religious diversities are to be strictly respected at all times, as indeed are members’ individual sexual preferences.

  • Postings of jokes, YouTube clips etc. not relevant to life sciences are generally strongly discouraged. However, we want to keep HCD a dynamic forum, especially in today’s restricted environment. Given that, some personal interesting experiences are indeed OK to be shared from time to time. However, members are advised to look at what has already been posted, in order to avoid repetitive postings, and also their relevance to healthcare.

  • The platform will not be used to actively solicit job opportunities; however, members may mutually help each other with career opportunities if such arise. Project or job opportunities are encouraged to be posted, especially in case a member is seeking a specific skill or expertise. It is best to post such opportunities also on the closed HCD LinkedIn group.

  • Given the group’s collective and members’ individual experiences, mentoring is supported and encouraged. Individuals should personally approach an HCD mentor to determine if s/he has the capacity to take on a new mentee.

  • HCD respects prevailing members’ privacy and information disclosure laws in the respective chapter territories.

Failure to repeatedly observe agreed rules and conventions may result in the group administration asking a member to leave the group.    

Chatham House Rules


All Basel HCD events and group discussions, including social media exchanges, are governed by Chatham House Rules.

Under the Chatham House Rule, anyone who participates in a meeting is free to use information from the discussion, but is not allowed to reveal who made any comment. It is designed to increase openness of discussion. The rule is a system for holding debates and discussion panels on controversial topics, named after the headquarters of the UK- based Royal Institute of International Affairs, based in Chatham House, London, where the rule originated in June 1927.

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