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It is the general policy of NIH and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that any reference to NIH or any of its ICs or components, as well as use of Government names, symbols, logos, and other identifying marks, shall not be used for endorsement or implied endorsement of any non-NIH entity, product or service. Further, it is NIH policy that any use of the names, symbols, logos or identifying marks of NIH, its component Institutes and Centers, offices or programs must be reviewed and approved consistent with the provisions of this Manual Chapter.
The NIH names and logos shall not be used to misrepresent the agency or to suggest that NIH endorses any private organization, product, or service. The NIH names and logos are for Government use only and not for the use of the private sector, including grantees, vendors, and contractors, regardless of whether the grantee, vendor, or contractor is a non-profit institution.
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