Federation of Drug & Alcohol Practitioners
Substance Misuse Management in General Practice (SMMGP)

Terms & Conditions

Use of this site is subject to the following Terms and Conditions

Your use constitutes acceptance of these Terms and Conditions as at the date of your first use of the site.

FDAP reserves the rights to change these Terms and Conditions at any time by posting changes online. Your continued use of this site after changes are posted constitutes your acceptance of this agreement as modified.

You agree to use this site only for lawful purposes, and in a manner which does not infringe the rights, or restrict, or inhibit the use and enjoyment of the site by any third party. In no event will FDAP be liable for any damages including, without limitation, indirect or consequential damages, or any damages whatsoever arising from the use or in connection with such use or loss of use of the site, whether in contract or in negligence.

FDAP does not warrant that the functions contained in the material contained in this site will be uninterrupted or error free, that defects will be corrected, or that this site or the server that makes it available are free of viruses or bugs or represents the full functionality, accuracy and reliability of the materials.

FDAP takes no responsibility for the content of external Internet Sites.

Any communication or material that you transmit to, or post on, any public area of the site including any data, questions, comments, suggestions, or the like, is, and will be treated as, nonconfidential and non-proprietary information.

If there is any conflict between these Terms and Conditions and rules and/or specific terms of use appearing on this site relating to specific material then the latter shall prevail. These terms and conditions shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales. Any disputes shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Courts of England and Wales.

If these Terms and Conditions are not accepted in full, the use of this site must be terminated immediately.


We want you to feel secure when using the website and associated services. We are committed to respecting your privacy. We will process your data in accordance with the Data Protection Act (1998).

We analyse information to see what is most effective about our website and associated services to help us identify ways to improve it and to make it more effective. We may also use information for other purposes, which we would describe to you at the point when we collect the information.

We collect information indirectly and directly:

When you use this website we use technology to collect information indirectly, such as your internet address. This is commonplace across all internet services to enable the investigation of issues such as malicious use. This information is then kept in our internet access logs.

We collect information directly from you in a number of ways. One way is by using cookies. Cookies are small files of information that save and retrieve information about your visit to our site, such as how you entered our site, how you navigated through the site and what information was of interest to you. This information is collected for a number of reasons, for example, to help develop the website and associated services. (See below for more information on the cookies we use.)

We also collect information when you give it to us by filling a subscription or membership form. When we collect this type of information, we will notify you as to why we are asking for information and how this information will be used.

Third-party Sites

The social media bookmarking sites that SMMGP links to are third-party sites and SMMGP does control the way these sites use your information. If you choose to access these sites using the links provided, the operators of these sites may collect information from you that may be used by them in accordance with their privacy policies, which may differ from ours. Use of SMMGP tools on third-party sites will be tracked. No personal data is collected by the tools. Information gathered by SMMGP includes the user’s IP address, the web page a tool is accessed from, and how many times it is accessed.

This information is the sole property of SMMGP and will not be shared with third parties.

Privacy and confidentiality

Whether you are speaking for yourself or on behalf of another person do not name the individuals you are talking about. Please note that to protect your privacy any information you contribute that reveals personal information, such as phone numbers, email addresses, addresses etc will be removed.


When we provide services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. Where services are delivered on the internet, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your computer, mobile phone or whatever device you are using to access the internet. This information is held in cookies. Cookies are small information files placed on your device and are used to improve services for you by, for example:

  • enabling the service to recognise your device so you do not need to give the same information repeatedly;
  • recognising when you have already given a username and password so that you do not need to do so for every subsequent web page you visit;
  • measuring how many people are using the services we provide, so we can make them easier and faster to use analysing data, anonymously, to help us understand how people interact with government services.

You can learn more about cookies from the GOV.UK guidance on cookies.

The cookies we use identify you merely as a number. If you are uncomfortable about the use of cookies, you can disable them by changing the settings in the preferences or options menu in your internet browser (go to aboutcookies.org for information on how to do this).

However, disabling cookies may affect our ability to provide services to you; if certain cookies are disabled you may not be able to access the service. If you continue without changing your settings, we will accept your consent to receive these cookies.

FDAP Individual Membership Terms and Conditions

When you click to submit your application on line, or you fax, post, telephone or e mail us with details of your application, you are making an offer to subscribe to FDAP which, if accepted by us, will result in a legally binding contract.

At the point of renewal of your membership, your renewal payment is confirmation of the continued acceptance of this contract. You may not transfer any of your rights and obligations under these terms and conditions to another person.

For on line applications you will receive an email. If you have supplied your email address, acknowledgement that your application has been received and is being processed does not yet mean that the contract between us is formed. A legally binding contract is formed on the date we send you and acceptance email or letter. This will be sent out when all your documents have been received and assessed.

For applications made verbally or via a written application form or e mail; the contract between us will be formed when we email or send you confirmation of membership acceptance. This will be sent out when all of your documents have been received and assessed.

We offer a seven working days’ cooling off period for new members, effective from the day your application is accepted. This will allow you to cancel your subscription without any penalty. If you wish to cancel your new member subscription, you must notify us within these seven working days in writing, by letter, fax or e-mail.

By proceeding with or renewing an application you are confirming that, as a member of FDAP, you will abide by the FDAP’s Code of Practice. All FDAP members sign up to this Code on joining, and reaffirm their commitment on an annual basis. Once accepted you are welcome to use the FDAP logo and cite membership of FDAP in communications as long as you remain a member. You can also choose to include your details on the Directory of Practitioners on our website. Failure to adhere to the Code of Practice, resulting in a formal complaint made against you, may result in a disciplinary procedure being implemented.

By proceeding with or renewing an application you are also agreeing to allow us to confirm with members of the public that you are a member of FDAP if an enquiry is made. We reserve the right not to fulfil, or to cancel, your application if we are unable to obtain payment authorisation from the issuer of your card or from your bank in the case of direct debit payments.

If you are accepted into membership, but it subsequently turns out that any or all of the information provided by you was misleading or false, we reserve the right to revoke the membership with immediate effect, without the right of appeal.

You agree that we will not be responsible for failure to deliver information to you if you have supplied us with an incorrect email or home address or have failed to notify us of an address change.

We reserve the right to dispose of incorrectly addressed envelopes/e-mail address and their contents without an obligation to refund your membership fee if they are returned to us.

We will not be liable to you for any delay in delivery or non-delivery of information relating to your membership in the following circumstances:

  • Where the issuer of your payment card refuses to authorise payment for your FDAP Membership to us.
  • Where such delay or failure is due to circumstances beyond our control (see Force Majeure below).

Neither party shall be liable to the other for any delay or non-performance of its obligations by reason of matters beyond its control including, but not limited to, any act of terrorism, war, riot, civil commotion, compliance with any law or government order, fire, flood or storm, strikes, or any other industrial dispute, delay in transit, power failure, postal delay, or any event that cannot be reasonably be planned for or avoided.

In which case, we will deliver as soon as is reasonably possible.

Your FDAP Membership is a rolling agreement which will automatically renew upon the anniversary of your application. You will receive a renewal notice in advance of the anniversary of your application date, informing you of your entitlement to cancel and of any changes to Direct Debit/other payment agreements. Any payment arrangements that have been made by Direct Debit will automatically continue, unless you notify your bank/building society that you wish to cancel it.

If you wish to cancel your membership, you must inform us of your intention to cancel a minimum of ten working days prior to the anniversary of your application. This notice should be provided directly to us, in writing by letter, fax or e mail.

No refunds will be provided unless the notice requirements are complied with.

Once renewal of your membership has occurred, it will still be possible to cancel your membership, but we are not obliged to offer a refund, if notice has not been given.

Fees displayed on the website will prevail at all times in relation to orders placed on-line.

Fees displayed on an application form, or quoted by an FDAP representative, will prevail in relation to membership subscriptions placed verbally or by post. You may make a one-off payment for a one year membership subscription, new or renewal, by cheque, credit/debit card or bank transfer.

Lapsed memberships

If your individual membership has lapsed for a period of two years or more, you will be required to complete a new membership application form (ensuring you quote your lapsed membership number in the form to ensure a duplicate member record is not created). Please contact the FDAP team to arrange payment at fdap@smmgp.org.uk

Viruses, hacking and other offences

You shall not (a) knowingly introduce any viruses into the Site or (b) attack (or instigate or facilitate the attack of) the Site or Services via a denial-of-service attack or a distributed denial-of-service attack, or (c) use the Site or Services for any purpose which is unlawful, abusive, libellous, obscene or threatening.

A breach of this clause may constitute a criminal offence. We may report any such breach (whether actual or suspected) to the relevant law enforcement authorities and you agree to co-operate with those authorities.

You shall be responsible for ensuring that you have in place on such systems appropriate Virus protection processes and software.

We will not be liable for any losses caused by any form of attack or viruses that may infect your computer equipment, computer programs, data or other proprietary material due to use of the Site or Services.

We reserve the right to increase the price of the membership subscription on an annual basis. You will be informed of any fee increase within your renewal letter. If we discover an error in the price of your membership subscription, we will inform you as soon as is reasonably possible.

Fees are for individual membership only.

If you are not using your own credit/debit card to pay for the membership subscription, you must ask the permission of the credit/debit card holder before entering the payment details. When you offer to subscribe to FDAP either on-line, by post or verbally, you are confirming that you have obtained the express prior permission of the credit/debit card holder. Our liability to you will not extend to any membership related benefits, goods or services provided by an external provider. We specifically exclude liability for any loss or damage suffered by you as a result of your involvement in whatever manner with an external provider.

These Terms and Conditions do not and shall not affect your statutory rights as a consumer.

Diligence and care should be taken when using the information provided. All services are subject to copyright law. We use our best endeavours to ensure all information provided by us is as up to date as possible.

However, you should not rely on the information provided as the sole basis for making business, legal or other decisions. You should seek appropriate independent advice before making any such decisions.

The content of all FDAP/FDAP publications are the opinion of the author.

The FDAP is the Data Controller and Data Processor of any personal data you supply. The personal data you supply will be used to process your membership subscription. As a member of FDAP your data will be used for marketing, statistical and analytical purposes and to administer your membership.

You will receive membership communications and from time to time we will let you know about promotions. If you provide us with your e-mail address, fax or SMS number, then we may send information which may be of interest.

We do not pass data to any third party.

If you wish to obtain a copy of your personal data held by us, then please write to the address below. Please note that you may be charged a fee of £10 for this service. You may also be asked to provide proof of your identity and for information that might help to locate the data you are seeking.

If you believe that any of the information we hold concerning you is incorrect or out of date, please provide us with the accurate information at the address below.

We may change these terms and conditions at any time upon giving you 14 days prior written notice. The most recent edition of these terms and conditions will be binding upon you. Members may exit the contract without penalty if they do not accept any proposed variation.

These terms and conditions are governed by English law. You hereby irrevocably submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts notwithstanding the jurisdiction where you are based.

If any court or competent authority decides that any of the provisions of these Terms are invalid, unlawful or unenforceable to any extent, the term will, to that extent only, be severed from the remaining terms, which will continue to be valid to the fullest extent permitted by law.

A person who is not party to these Terms shall not have any rights under or in connection with them under the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999.

These terms and conditions override any contrary terms or conditions published by us in relation to any membership subscription between you and us.

We will respond to any complaint or query received within five working days. This may be an acknowledgement that we have received a complaint whilst further investigations are carried out.


Without affecting any other rights and remedies which we may have and without liability to you for any losses which may result, we may terminate these terms and conditions:

  • immediately and without notice if,
    i. in our sole opinion, you materially breach any of these terms and conditions, or fail to adhere to the FDAP Code of Practice;
    ii. you fail to renew your membership;
    iii. we are required by any applicable law to terminate these terms and conditions; or
  • at any time by giving you 7 days' notice in writing.

On any termination of these terms and conditions your right to use FDAP Services including the use of the logo and citation of membership shall cease.

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