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    23 February 2010

The Department of Health is a Crown body. The information we produce is Crown copyright, which is administered by the Office of Public Sector Information. The material featured on this site is subject to Crown copyright unless otherwise stated. Where any of the Crown copyright items on this site are being re-published or copied to others, the source of the material must be identified and the copyright status acknowledged.

Research and private study

The Crown copyright protected material (other than the Royal Arms and departmental or agency logos) on this site may be reproduced free of charge in any format or medium in order to carry out research for non-commercial purposes, for private study or for internal circulation within an organisation. This is subject to the material being reproduced accurately and not used in a misleading context.

Freedom of information

Supply of information under the Freedom of Information Act does not give the person or organisation the automatic right to reuse the documents in a way which will infringe copyright, for example, by making multiple copies, publishing or issuing copies to the public.


If you would like to reuse Crown copyright protected material, please apply for a Click-Use Licence. The Click-Use online licensing system for the re-use of Crown and Parliamentary copyright information now also covers information produced by public sector organisations such as local authorities, the NHS, police and fire services.

There are three Click-Use Licences. These are:

  • the PSI Licence - formerly known as the Core Licence. It covers core Crown copyright information and public sector information.
  • the Valued Added Licence - this covers value added Crown copyright information.
  • the Parliamentary Licence - this covers Parliamentary copyright information

You can apply online or by email  (using the links below), or by writing to:

Office of Public Sector Information
Information Policy Team

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If you wish to copy logos, images or videos from the website or any of our online channels, you must contact the Department of Health for further guidance and authorisation.


Some Crown material is subject to a waiver, which means that it may be reproduced in any format, free of charge, without obtaining official permission. Categories of Crown material for which copyright has been waived include government press notices, legislation and explanatory notes on the legislation, ministerial speeches, consultation documents, some documents on official websites.

Case studies

For some of these, content may not be Crown Copyright. You should contact the contributor of the case study/case history for permission to re-use it.

Third party copyright

The permission to reproduce Crown protected material does not extend to the material on this site which is identified as being the copyright of a third party. Authorisation to reproduce such material must be obtained from the copyright holders concerned.

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