The letters ‘NHS’ and the NHS logo are protected by law. They are UK trade marks owned by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and may not be produced without permission.
Suppliers of staff identification items and other NHS branded wares
Printers and other suppliers of NHS branded items such as identity badges, lanyards, embroidered clothing and stationery items, have standing permission to use the NHS logo on such items, but need to comply with all of the criteria below. Failure to do so will be regarded as ‘unlicensed use of the logo’ and may result in legal action being taken.
- Items cannot be held in stock, but instead must be manufactured to order once commissioned by an NHS organisation or an organisation with an NHS contract to deliver health services.
- Payment must come directly from an NHS organisation or an organisation with an NHS contract to deliver health services.
- Delivery must be to an NHS organisation’s address or the address of an organisation with an NHS contract to deliver health services.
- Suppliers will need to state requirements 2 and 3 in any advertising as a condition for using the NHS logo in illustrations of example wares.
- Except for illustrations of example wares, suppliers are not permitted to use the NHS logo in their promotional material.
- Suppliers must use the NHS logo in accordance with the NHS Identity guidelines.
- Suppliers must comply with any additional instructions given to them by the trade mark owner concerning the use of the NHS logo.