Editorial Standards

We strive to bring readers accurate and reliable legal information about problematic products, drugs, medical devices, and hazardous situations. Our editorial standards have been developed with our mission statement in mind to guide our approach to researching, writing, and publishing high-quality content that is easy for the average person to understand.

Content Curation

ConsumerSafety.org is not a general legal, medical information or health site. We follow a content curation policy that allows us to focus on the product liability and medical malpractices issues that affect the most consumers. As we continue to grow, our focus will naturally expand to cover more topics, giving even more people access to the relevant information they need to make safe, healthy choices in their everyday lives.

Our content falls under six categories as defined below:

  • Health: Health conditions and diseases, injuries, medical services, and nutritional information
  • Safety: Potentially dangerous products and services, as well as safety information for home, work, and the outside world
  • Drugs: Prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs, and related treatments (such as hormone therapy)
  • Medical Devices: Medical implants, wearables, and other devices that correct, monitor, or otherwise treat a medical condition
  • Legal: Current and historical lawsuits related to any of the drugs, medical devices, or consumer products featured in the above categories
  • News: Recent and breaking updates on any of the topics featured on our site, as well as other health and safety concerns

Updating Content

We periodically review the content on our site to ensure it is up to date and accurate according to the latest news reports, regulatory guidance, medical studies, and legal documents. All content updates go through our writing and editorial process described below to ensure that it meets current quality standards.

Note: Content reviews apply only to our informational pages and topical guides. While we may review news articles on occasion, we generally do not update news stories, unless a major development happens shortly after the news story is originally posted.

Removing Content

From time to time, we may decide that some content on our website no longer fits with our current curation policies. If that happens, we may remove the no-longer relevant content to ensure that we are not sharing anything that may be outdated or inaccurate. When we remove such content, we will also remove links pointing to the content and implement automated redirects to bring visitors to the most relevant page or section of the site.

Corrections

While we take pride in our careful attention to detail, from time to time, a factual or grammatical error may make its way onto the website. If we discover the error, we will update it as soon as possible with the correct information.

Readers who spot a potential error may submit it through our contact form or send an email to Managing Editor Curtis Weyant.

Writing, Editing and Review Process

Our writing team consists of experienced writers, editors, and reviewers who are committed to sharing the truth about potentially unhealthy or harmful consumer products. We have adopted the Code of Ethics of the Society of Professional Journalists as our standard for creating credible content on ConsumerSafety.org.

Every blog post, informational page, and other resource published on our site undergoes a multistep process to ensure accuracy and completeness prior to posting:

  1. Extensive research and review of existing literature on topic
  2. Development of initial draft based on the findings of the research
  3. Fact checking, organizational review, source audit, and general editing by a member of the editorial team
  4. Specialist review for accuracy based on the topic (as applicable)
  5. Detailed copyediting to catch any remaining grammatical issues
  6. Final reading to confirm readability and comprehension

Before publishing the final page or news story, we also review the content to ensure that it is easily readable on a variety of screens, including desktops, laptops, tablets, and smartphones.

Sources and Citations

As part of our editing process, we audit the sources used by writers to ensure that we are referencing original, reliable sources. The types of sources we use include:

  • Peer-Reviewed Journals: We go straight to the original article when citing medical studies, clinical trials, and case reports, rather than relying on potentially inaccurate interpretations.
  • Reputable News Outlets: For late-breaking news, we rely on distinguished national and local newspapers, television stations, news magazines, industry publications, and journalistic blogs.
  • Nonprofit Organizations: We cite information and statistics provided by not-for-profit educational, research, and advocacy organizations that have been rated highly by charity evaluators.
  • Government Agencies: We frequently link to materials published by U.S. regulatory agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), among others. We occasionally link to other national and international agencies, such as the World Health Organization (WHO) or the European Centre for Disease Prevention & Control.

All sources used in writing our informational pages are provided at the bottom of the page where they are cited, while some sources may be linked in the text of the page. Sources for blog posts are linked within the text of the post. We periodically review sources to ensure that citations are correct and the links still work.

Contributed Content

Most of the content on our site is written by staff writers. However, from time to time we work with outside contributors on a contract basis to write news articles or informational pages based on their experience or expertise. All contributors are required to follow the same editorial standards and processes as staff writers. Contributors are listed separately from staff writers on our About page.

Editorial Independence

ConsumerSafety.org is independently owned and operated by CSO Technology Partners, LLC, which retains full editorial control over the content published on this site.

Some of the content on our site may include links to forms where visitors can request a free case review from a lawyer. These links appear only on relevant pages or news stories, and they are distinguished visually and textually from other links on our site. None of the law firms we partner with control or influence our editorial process and standards.