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Can conference and event organisers use the NHS Identity?

The letters ‘NHS’ and the NHS logo (lozenge) are protected by law. They are UK trade marks owned by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care. Therefore, they can only be used by external organisations in certain circumstances and with written permission.

Organisers of events will often ask to use the NHS identity on their promotional materials. However, the NHS logo can only be used where there is NHS involvement in the event. The type of use will depend upon the level of involvement.

For guidance to see how the NHS identity can be applied when an NHS organisation is involved in conferences and events organised by a non-NHS organisation view exhibition and events examples.