Licensing and Permission Section
Health Assessment Lab, the Medical Outcomes Trust, and QualityMetric
Incorporated, co-copyright and trademark holders of the SF-36®,
SF-12® and SF-8™ Health Surveys, merged their user
registration and licensing programs in 2002. The combined licensing program for
the SF Generic Health Surveys has two objectives:
To simplify the licensing and user registration process.
To better meet the needs of the many academic, commercial, and other users of
the SF forms for questionnaires, scoring algorithms, user manuals, and norms.
Our overall goals for these programs remain unchanged:
We strive to maintain the scientific standards for our surveys and scoring
algorithms that make results directly comparable and interpretable.
We remain committed to making our surveys available royalty-free to individuals
and organizations for use in non-funded scholarly research.
Because of the expanded worldwide demand for commercial products and services
that use the SF surveys, we have expanded our licensing programs for re-sellers
and for commercially sponsored research that use our trademarks, copyrighted
forms, scoring algorithms, norms, and other interpretation guidelines in the
United States and in more than 40 other countries. The licensing program will
assure that those individuals and organizations that benefit from commercial
use of this intellectual property will pay royalties or other user fees that
will support the research community that developed the surveys. It also will
make it possible to offer the SF surveys to non-funded academic users worldwide
at minimal cost.
For more information about the user registration and licensing programs,
including a list of translations that are currently available, please go to
User Registration and Licensing.