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DISCLAIMER

Self Hosting - Clinical Safety Risk

TL;DR: Don't self-host in production. Use our warranted API.

The only version of the dGC API which is warranted to be correct for clinical use is that which is served by the RCPCH itself from our API endpoint at https://api.rcpch.ac.uk. While we have, for reasons of transparency, equity-of-access and safety, made it possible to use our open source code to set up a server providing dGC API calculations, we specifically and strongly advise against doing this, except for testing, verification, research (which is not for academic publication) or development purposes.

WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND NOT TO SELF-HOST THE SERVER FOR PRODUCTION, CLINICAL or other 'LIVE' USE.
If self-hosting you would not have a warranty from RCPCH and your organisation would therefore be liable for misconfigurations in the server leading to clinical mishap. Growth Charts are complex, and in order to assure your service is safe, you are likely going to need a large amount of statistical, clinical and technical consultancy. You must understand and accept that any version of this API running outside our controlled environment must:

  1. Independently technically assure your platform, deployment, and modifications for security, safety, and reliability.

  2. Independently clinically assure the application for safety and appoint a suitably-qualified Clinical Safety Officer, develop aClinical Safety Management File, and ensure your deployment was fully compliant with DCB0129 and DCB0160.

  3. Obtain registration with the MHRA as a Medical Device (for UK deployment) and EU MDR, with Declaration of Conformity (for EU deployment).

For this reason, we HIGHLY recommend that you do not self-host any of our platform, but instead use the hosted (and attractively-priced) dGC API platform.

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