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EPEC Policies

Please familiarize yourself with the Education in Palliative & End-of-Life Care Program policies. Contact us for more information.

 Privacy Policy

EPEC respects and values the privacy of its visitors by not collecting information about personal identity. We use analytics to determine the value of our content and site organization.

EPEC allows users to purchase EPEC Materials and EPEC Distance Learning curriculum online. For these activities, we use secured platforms that do require a user’s name, brief demographic information, and practice information. This information is for internal purposes only. We do not share this identifiable information with any outside parties. If aggregated statistics are reported to outside parties, they are free of names and other identifying information.

 Advertising Policy

EPEC does not accept advertising for our website from outside parties. Links to other websites should not be construed as advertising. Notices concerning conferences and publications are occasionally posted in the EPEC Discussion Group and are screened for content and appropriateness.

 Conference Cancellation Policy

By registering for this conference you agree to the cancellation/refund policy. In the unfortunate event that EPEC must cancel this meeting, EPEC is not responsible for travel or other expenses incurred by registrants or individuals traveling with registrants. All conference cancellations are subject to a $50 administrative fee. All cancellations must be received in writing no later than 30 days prior to the event start date listed above, to qualify for a full refund less administrative fees. Registration fees will not be refunded to cancellations received less than 30 days prior to the event's start date, and to no shows. All refunds will be processed after the conference.

 EPEC Refund Policy

All sales of EPEC materials and distance learning are final.


EPEC is a trademark of The EPEC Program at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

The above trademark is protected by law including, but not limited to the letters, acronym or name EPEC, the EPEC logo and the EPEC color gradient. The EPEC Program owns them. You may not use EPEC trademarks except as part of a fair reference to EPEC or the applicable EPEC product or service without prior written consent from The EPEC Program at Northwestern University.


Print and electronic materials are property of The EPEC Program and reproduction, except as permitted in writing by The EPEC Program, is a violation of the EPEC Program's intellectual property rights. All media included in these web pages are copyright ©The EPEC Program, Northwestern University, 2003. All rights reserved.



EPEC Curriculum materials may be reproduced as before, using the attribution statement below, for not-for-profit purposes only. For-profit groups hosting not-for-profit programs may not use EPEC materials with products, images or logos from the for-profit entity. Printed/disc 'hard' materials are for purchase only or may be provided with a Become an EPEC Trainer Conference. Online education is on a per-module, per-user, fee basis.

Curriculum Attribution Statement

Permission to reproduce for non-commercial educational purposes is granted with display of one of the following attributions:

Curriculum Emanuel LL, von Gunten CF, Ferris FD, Wood G, Hauser J. eds. The Education in Palliative and End-of-life Care (EPEC) Curriculum: © The EPEC Program, 1999-2011.

"Module" or "Plenary" and Curriculum (example) Emanuel LL, von Gunten CF, Ferris FD, Hauser, J. eds.
"Module [#]: [title]," The Education in Palliative and End-of-life Care (EPEC) Curriculum: © The EPEC Program, 1999-2011.

 Mixing EPEC with Other Materials

EPEC products, including all curriculum and distance learning formats are stand-alone products. Most have knowledge assessment tools as well as trainer notes, slides and video clips in addition to the curricular materials. The EPEC Program encourages liberal use of all of these with appropriate acknowledgement. When other materials are used alongside EPEC products (e.g., for the purpose of further enhancing their usefulness), and content as well as the context of the material is added, the EPEC Program should be notified and may ask to review the combined materials to insure consistency with EPEC standards.

For example, insertions of material from other sources that enhances and does not alter significantly the intellectual content, such as background materials and locally relevant examples or cartoons, do not require review by EPEC.

Other situations where notification and review is expected include: educational formats, including conferences, where another curriculum and EPEC are mixed; and research projects that incorporate evaluations based upon EPEC materials.

EPEC review process: The intent when reviewing materials mingled with EPEC products is to insure accuracy and high quality of any final product that may be associated with EPEC. Regardless of whether questions arise regarding the appropriateness for use of any mingled materials, EPEC will notify the referring agency. The referring agency should contact EPEC if a response has not been received.

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