This page gives an overview of how the Quack List works. For additional information, please see the drop-down menu Quack List on the main page of this website.

Reports of claims or recommendations that violate the following ruleset can be submitted to the Quack List:

Reports are made using the submission form:

Reports are automatically entered into the New Submissions section of the database. This sheet contains raw data only from new submissions, and the entries may be incomplete. All entries from previous versions of the list have been added to this list. All legitimate (non-spam) submissions are maintained as permanent records. The New Submissions view can be seen below:

After new submissions must be approved by the editorial staff as containing adequate information for entry into the database and a legitimate violation of one or more rules in the ruleset. A video explaining the violation is produced and a notification email is sent to the health expert responsible, and the entry is added to the In Progress list and timestamped. The In Progress view can be seen below:

The health expert responsible for the violation has 30 days to provide a public clarification or reversal of the claim that is responsible for the violation. If clarification or reversal is provided, a hyperlink can be submitted via the Reversal Form. Upon receipt, the editorial team can determine whether the clarification or reversal is adequate to be counted as a non-violation. If this occurs within 30 days, the entry is timestamped, deleted from the Preliminary list, and moved to the Resolved list, and no further action will be taken. The Resolved view can be seen below:

The health expert responsible for the violation has 30 days to provide a public clarification or reversal of the claim that is responsible for the violation. If clarification or reversal is provided, a hyperlink can be submitted via the Reversal Form. Upon receipt, the editorial team can determine whether the clarification or reversal is adequate to be counted as a non-violation. If this does not occur within 30 days, the entry is timestamped, deleted from the Preliminary list, and moved to the Unresolved list. The Unresolved view can be seen below:

All statements in the unresolved list will be scored and the score aggregated to provide a sum Quackery Score for the individual who made that statement. If adequate clarification or reversal of the statement is provided in the future, the statement will be moved from the Unresolved List to the Resolved List, and the statement score will be removed from the aggregate Quackery Score for the individual on the Summary Sheet. The Final Score view can be seen below: