The British National Formulary (BNF) and British National Formulary for Children (BNFC) is available in digital and print formats for eligible health and social care professionals.

The new and improved BNF app 

In June 2017, a new BNF app was launched that is faster and easier to use. The old NICE BNF app was retired in early December 2017.

The new app has been purpose built for iOS and Android platforms. New design, along with improved search, interactions checking and updating tools provide enhanced access to high quality, authoritative information and guidance on the move.

It's aimed at these professionals working in the UK (including Northern Ireland):

  • prescribers
  • pharmacists
  • other health and social care professionals.

For the first time, adult and child BNF content is available through a single app. This provides ease of use and saves space on your device. Those working in health and social care can download and use the app for free. You don't need an internet connection to use the app, meaning that the BNF's guidance is available at the point of care in a digital format. 

Free download

Access the BNF online


Print versions (BNF, BNFC, NPF)

NICE provides print copies of the BNF and BNFC to prescribers working in the NHS and other organisations that provide NHS-commissioned care in England. We also provide the Nurse Prescribers Formulary (NPF) to community practitioner nurse prescribers in England.

Eligible NHS prescribers receive shared copies of the BNF, BNFC and NPF free of charge. 

Changes to print distribution

Print editions of the BNF and BNFC are distributed by NICE annually. The print publication dates for the BNFC and NPF are moving to September to coincide with the BNF and achieve clinical consistency between the products. Distribution of the BNF and BNFC print publications will be staggered throughout September and October.

The content of the NPF is currently under review. Distribution dates will be available here once they've been agreed.

Distribution of the print BNF and BNFC

In acute NHS Trusts, the chief pharmacist is responsible for distributing copies of the books within their trust and ensuring eligible staff are able to access a copy.

Community-based prescribers are sent copies directly to their work address. 

Distribution lists for the BNF and BNFC are managed by a third-party data supplier. 

Eligibility to receive a shared copy of the BNF or BNFC

Role

BNF

BNFC

How to access a copy

Hospital-based doctors or pharmacists who have a paediatric or accident & emergency speciality

Yes

Yes

Contact your Trust's chief pharmacist

Hospital-based doctors or pharmacists who do not have a paediatric or accident & emergency speciality

Yes

No Contact your Trust's chief pharmacist

Non-medical prescribers: independent and/or supplementary prescribers who hold a V200 or V300 qualification employed by an acute Trust

Yes

Yes

Contact your Trust's chief pharmacist

Non-medical prescribers: independent and/or supplementary prescribers who hold a V200 or V300 qualification employed by social enterprises, community interest companies or private companies who are commissioned to provide NHS services

Yes

Yes

Contact BNF@wilmingtonhealthcare.com

Doctors employed by social enterprises, community interest companies or private companies who are commissioned to provide NHS services

Yes

No Contact BNF@wilmingtonhealthcare.com

Doctors who have a paediatric or accident & emergency speciality employed by social enterprises, community interest companies or private companies who are commissioned to provide NHS services

Yes

Yes

Contact BNF@wilmingtonhealthcare.com

General practitioners, community/retail pharmacists and prescribing advisors (Not including pharmacy technicians)

Yes

Yes

Contact BNF@wilmingtonhealthcare.com

Students studying pharmacy or for a non-medical prescribing V200 or V300 qualification

Yes

Yes

Contact your course leader

NHS dentists

No

No

Eligible for access to BNF digital products but not printed copies

Distribution of the print NPF

NICE supplies print copies of the NPF to community practitioner nurse prescribers who hold a V100 or V150 qualification, employed by the NHS and other organisations that provide NHS-commissioned care in England.

In acute NHS Trusts the chief pharmacist is responsible for distributing copies of the books within their trust and ensuring eligible staff are able to access a copy.

Community-based staff are sent copies directly to their work address. If you are eligible to receive a shared copy please contact BNF@wilmingtonhealthcare.com.