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The FDA logo is for the official use of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and not for use on private sector materials. To the public, such use would send a message that FDA favors or endorses a private sector organization or the organization’s activities, products, services, and/or personnel (either overtly or tacitly), which FDA does not and cannot do. Unauthorized use of the FDA logo may violate federal law and subject those responsible to civil and/or criminal liability.
Use on Proposals or Consulting Deliverables
Contractors may not use the FDA logo on proposals or consulting deliverables.
Publications Developed by Contractors
If a contractor deliverable is camera-ready or other reproducible copy, for the express purpose of being an FDA publication for FDA distribution to the public; then, and only then, may the contractor affix the FDA logo, under the direction and guidance of the FDA project officer and as approved by the Office of the Commissioner.
Private Sector or Contractor Logos on Government Publications
FDA components may not use private sector or contractor logos on Government publications or other Government communication products. Such use is prohibited. Whether or not the private sector organization is non-profit or commercial is not a factor.
Private sector logos constitute institutional advertising. Using a private sector logo on a Government communication product (regardless of intent) implies that the Government favors or endorses all that which the logo represents.
Section 13 of the Government Printing and Binding Regulations, published by the Joint Committee on Printing, United States Congress, makes clear:
"No Government publication or other Government printed matter, prepared or produced with either appropriated or non-appropriated funds or identified with an activity of the Government, shall contain any advertisement inserted by or for any private individual, firm, or corporation; or contain material which implies in any manner that the Government endorses or favors any specific commercial product, commodity, or service."
Logo Use and Colors
The logo is for official use of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Approved uses are:
- Printing purposes (pamphlets, posters, flyers, booklets, periodicals, etc.).
- Exhibits and other public affairs-related materials.
- On FDA and Operating Division business cards.
The logo cannot be used:
- By the private sector, including grantees, vendors, and contractors.
- In combination with other elements to create a logo for an office or program.
The logo should never be reduced to a size of less than 5/8 inch in length.
The official colors of the FDA logo are either Black or Pantone 7686c.
RGB Numbers: R=29 G=78 B=143, Hexadecimal: #1d4e8f, CMYK: C=97 M=77 Y=14 K=2
- The logo may appear in Pantone 7686c or in Black. If special circumstances require the use of a different color, only full, deep colors are acceptable. No partial colors or screen tints are allowed.
- Sufficient contrast should be maintained between the logo and the field on which it is reproduced. White is the preferred field when surprinting or overprinting the logo.
- Two-color or multi-color reproduction of the logo is not permitted.
Official FDA Logo
- For high resolution printing please download the fdalogos.pdf (104 KB). After downloading the fdalogos.pdf, open it from within a postscript program such as Adobe Illustrator® or Adobe Photoshop®. These programs will read Postscript® documents, and give you the ability to select, crop and save a single logo for high resolution printing.
- These logos are best used for purposes of low resolution printing and/or Web publishing. To save a graphic using Windows®, hold the mouse on the desired logo, right-click, release, and select "Save picture as" from the menu bar. Using Macintosh®, while holding down the CTRL key, hold the mouse button down over the image until a window opens and select "Save this image as".