Legal Notice

German National Library of Medicine
ZB MED - Information Centre for Life Sciences
Gleueler Strasse 60
50931 Cologne

Phone: +49 (0)221 478-5600 (Admin office)
Phone: +49 (0)221 478-7070 (Information)

Authorised representative:

Director General Dr. Dietrich Nelle

VAT identification number:

Supervisory authority

Ministry for Culture and Sciences
of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia
Völklinger Strasse 49
40221 Düsseldorf

Phone: +49 (0)211 896-03 / -04
Fax: +49 (0)211 896-4555 and -3220
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In its ruling of 12 May 1998, Hamburg District Court stipulated that a website may be held jointly responsible for the contents of other websites if it includes direct or indirect links to these websites on its own pages, unless the website in question expressly distances itself from said contents. As a precautionary measure, ZB MED hereby expressly distances itself from the contents of all linked pages.

ZB MED is not responsible for any of the information supplied by providers to which it makes reference or provides links.

Thank you for visiting our website and showing an interest in our organisation, our services, and our online resources. We are committed to protecting the privacy of those using our website. We therefore request that you read the following information carefully.

Anonymous data collection

You are entitled to use any of ZB MED - Information Centre for Life Sciences web pages without telling us who you are. The only information we receive is the name of your Internet Service Provider, the referring web page that brought you to our website, and the web pages you access on our website. This information is analysed for statistical purposes but, as an individual user, you remain anonymous in this process.

Collection and processing of personal data

Personal data is only collected if you provide it to us voluntarily – for example when you order literature, fill out a survey, or sign up for our personalised services.

Provided that you have given your consent, your registration data will be processed within the scope of ZB MED's personalised services for the purposes of providing information on our range of products and services, conducting market research, and tailoring our electronic services to meet your needs. Furthermore, providing that you have given your consent, the information you access while visiting ZB MED's website will be merged into a user profile to enable us to offer you information that is tailored to your interests.

Data transfer and processing to/in countries outside the European Economic Area (EEA)

No personal data is transferred to countries outside the EEA.

Use and disclosure of personal data

Unless you additionally provide consent for other purposes, the personal data collected through ZB MED's web pages will only be used for order processing/contract fulfilment and for handling your enquiries. In addition – provided that you have previously given your consent – your data shall be used for the purposes of providing information on our range of products and services, conducting market research, and tailoring our electronic services to meet your needs.

We shall only use your data to tailor information to your personal interests if you have provided your consent for this purpose, too. For the rest, your data shall only be disclosed for invoicing purposes to the company Pria GmbH (Remscheider Str. 16, 45466 Mülheim an der Ruhr) if you have placed an order for literature or other items that is subject to a fee. You are of course entitled to withdraw your consent at any time with future effect in regard to any of the above.

External links

In order to optimise the information presented to you, our web pages include links to third-party websites. Where this is not already obvious from the context, we explicitly draw your attention to the fact that these links take you to third-party content. ZB MED has no influence on, and is not responsible for, the content and design of external providers’ websites. For this reason, the data protection guarantees contained in this privacy policy do not apply in relation to any external websites.

Use of Facebook Social Plugins

This website uses social plugins provided by the social networking site, which is operated by Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA. The plugins are identified by the Facebook logo or the phrase “Facebook Social Plugin”. When you visit a page of our website that contains a social plugin, a direct link is established between your browser and Facebook’s servers. Facebook transfers the plugin content directly to your browser and embeds the content into the page. The embedded plugin notifies Facebook that you have accessed the corresponding page on our website. If you are logged in to Facebook, Facebook can assign your visit to your Facebook account. If you interact with the plugins – for example by clicking “Like” or by entering a comment – the corresponding information is transmitted from your browser directly to Facebook, which then stores this information. To learn more about the purpose and scope of this data collection process, the way in which Facebook processes and uses this data, the rights you have in this respect, and the settings you can use to protect your privacy, please see Facebook’s Privacy Policy.

etracker privacy policy

This website uses technology provided by to collect and store data for marketing and optimisation purposes. This data may be used to create user profiles under a pseudonym, a process which may involve the use of cookies. Cookies are small text files that are stored locally in your browser cache when you visit the website and which enable your browser to be recognised when you return to the site. Data collected using etracker technology is not used to personally identify visitors to this website without their express consent, and is not combined with personal information on the individual the pseudonym refers to. Web users can opt out of the future collection and storage of their data at any time.

Cookies in the context of Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. In case of activation of the IP anonymization, Google will truncate/anonymize the last octet of the IP address for Member States of the European Union as well as for other parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases, the full IP address is sent to and shortened by Google servers in the USA. On behalf of the website provider Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage to the website provider. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser. However, please note that if you do this, you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. Furthermore you can prevent Google’s collection and use of data (cookies and IP address) by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available under

You can refuse the use of Google Analytics by clicking on the following link. An opt-out cookie will be set on the computer, which prevents the future collection of your data when visiting this website: Disable Google Analytics

Further information concerning the terms and conditions of use and data privacy can be found at or at Please note that on this website, Google Analytics code is supplemented by “anonymizeIp” to ensure an anonymized collection of IP addresses (so called IP-masking).

Disclaimer of Liability

The content of this website has been carefully prepared and reviewed. However,  ZB MED - Information Centre of Life Sciences makes no representation or guarantee regarding the currency, accuracy, completeness or quality of the information on this website. With the exception of cases of verifiable intent or gross negligence on the part of ZB MED, all liability for material or immaterial damage or injury resulting from the use or non-use of the information provided or the use of incorrect or incomplete information is excluded.

ZB MED expressly reserves the right to alter, augment or delete parts of the web pages contained herein or the website as a whole as well as to temporarily or permanently suspend publication of this website without notice.


Where ZB MED provides direct links (‘hyperlinks’) or indirect references to external websites, ZB MED shall only be liable if it was fully aware of the content of the external websites concerned and if it was technically and reasonably possible for ZB MED to prevent their use, assuming they contain illegal material.

ZB MED hereby expressly declares that at the time at which these hyperlinks were created, no illegal content was discernable on the linked web pages. ZB MED has no control over the current or future design of the linked web pages and therefore expressly distances itself from the content of all linked websites altered since the hyperlinks were created.

ZB MED is not responsible for the content, availability, correctness or accuracy of the linked web pages, nor for any of the offers, links or advertisements contained therein. ZB MED is not liable for any illegal, incorrect or incomplete content nor, in particular, for any damage or injury arising from the use or non-use of the information provided on linked sites.


ZB MED makes every effort to comply with applicable copyright in all publications. If, in spite of this, an infringement of copyright should occur, ZB MED will, after notification, remove the relevant object from its publication or indicate the appropriate copyright. Any trade marks or brand names which appear on this website that may be protected by third parties are unrestrictedly subject to the provisions of the applicable trademark law and are acknowledged as property of their owners. The mere appearance of names without designation as proprietary shall not be construed as meaning that trade marks are not protected by the rights of third parties.

ZB MED holds sole copyright to ZB MED’s own content at the domain The reproduction or use of graphics or text in other electronic or printed publications is not permitted without ZB MED’s express consent.

Legal validity

This disclaimer of liability shall be considered to form part of the website which provided the link or reference to this page. Insofar as parts or individual formulations of this text are not, are no longer or are not completely in line with current law, this shall not affect the content or validity of the remaining parts of the document.

Contact us

Should you have any further questions on the subject of data protection and privacy policies at ZB MED - Information Centre for Life Sciences, please contact our administrative office. They will be able to tell you what personal data we have on file for you. Furthermore, you can request information on what personal data we are holding on you and request that we revise or delete this data. We also welcome your feedback and comments by e-mail or post. Please use the following contact details for all the above purposes:



Director ZB MED - Information Centre for Life Sciences
Gleueler Strasse 60
50931 Cologne