SIG mobile-based discussions: ILTS draft policy and disclaimer 


  • Mobile-based Special Interest Group WhatsApp discussions are part of a pilot project supported by the International Liver Transplantation Society to promote the exchange of knowledge and opinions among liver transplant professionals.
  • SIG membership will initially be limited to ILTS members and invited non-member experts.
  • SIG Topic Co-ordinators will oversee WhatsApp group management and all posts.
  • Invitations require communication of name and mobile / cell phone number by email to or to the SIG Topic Co-ordinator. Invitations by link are not secure and will not be used.
  • Posts must be polite, professional and publishable – discussions may be archived later in topic-based learning modules on Education pages
  • Content can include commentary on clinical practice, research, and relevant educational, organisational and ethical topics, as well as appropriately anonymized clinical cases and images.
  • Clinical case descriptions and images must not include any personal identifiers, including name, city of residence, date of birth, etc, or the names of other treating physicians. Only information essential to the discussion should be posted. When a detailed history is presented, patient consent is desirable even when anonymized. Standards of confidentiality required by local licensing authorities and by mainstream medical publishers should be applied.
  • Fair Use copyright provisions apply to previously published material.
  • Please avoid personal (one to one) messaging in these communications – use email for this purpose.
  • Use of  a short TOPIC HEADING in block capitals in the top line of each post is recommended, to identify separate discussions, e.g. ‘ANTIBODY MEDIATED REJECTION’, ‘CIRRHOTIC CARDIOMYOPATHY’, ‘CHOLANGIOCARCINOMA’, etc.


  • This discussion group is supported by the International Liver Transplantation Society to promote the dissemination of knowledge among liver transplant professionals for the ultimate benefit of patients.
  • Commentaries and opinions are posted in good faith with the intention of enhancing the knowledge and competence of all participants, while preserving the privacy and dignity of transplant patients and their families. ILTS cannot accept liability for any breach of confidentiality.
  • The opinions, advice and other materials posted here reflect the views of the author(s) and are not necessarily those of ILTS. These statements and materials do not necessarily indicate a standard of care, nor can they replace local specialist consultation.
  • ILTS is not liable for any statements made by participants on this platform, nor for any decisions or actions based on opinions or information posted.

J R Klinck  March 2019