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.

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We provide print copies of the BNF and BNFC to eligible prescribers working in the NHS and other organisations that provide NHS-commissioned care in England.

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

We also supply print copies of the adult BNF to community practitioner nurse prescribers who:

  • hold a V100 or V150 qualification, and
  • are employed by the NHS or other organisations that provide NHS-commissioned care in England.

We do this because publication of the Nurse Prescribers' Formulary (NPF) was suspended in 2017, awaiting direction from the Department of Health and Social Care or NHS England and NHS Improvement about how to update the content.

We have been working with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society to improve the accessibility of the Nurse Prescribers' Formulary content in the BNF. From the September 2020 editions, the changes will be present and the indications for which a nurse prescriber can prescribe will be clear within the Nurse Prescribers' Formulary list.

Distribution of the print BNF and BNFC

We distribute print editions of the BNF and BNFC annually, staggered throughout October and November.

Distribution lists are managed by a third party data supplier. The mailing database is managed by Wilmington Healthcare.

In NHS trusts, the chief pharmacist is responsible for distributing copies of the books within their trust and ensuring that eligible staff can access a copy.

Who is eligible to receive a shared copy

The following people are eligible to receive a shared copy of the BNF and the BNFC:

  • Trust doctors or pharmacists who have a paediatric or accident and emergency speciality.
  • Doctors who:
    • are employed by a social enterprise, community interest company or private company commissioned to provide NHS services, and
    • have a paediatric or accident and emergency speciality.
  • Non-medical prescribers (independent and/or supplementary) who hold a V200 or V300 qualification and are employed by either:
    • an acute NHS trust, or
    • a social enterprise, community interest company or private company commissioned to provide NHS services.
  • General practitioners, community or retail pharmacists and prescribing advisors (not including pharmacy technicians).
  • Students studying pharmacy or for a non-medical prescribing V200 or V300 qualification.

If you are a doctor, pharmacist or non-medical prescriber and you do not have a paediatric or accident and emergency speciality, you can only receive a copy of the adult BNF.

NHS dentists are not eligible to receive printed copies.

How to access a copy

If you are employed by an NHS trust, contact your chief pharmacist.

If you are employed by a social enterprise, community interest company or private company commissioned to provide NHS services, email BNF@wilmingtonhealthcare.com.

If you are a student, contact your course leader.

Download the free BNF app

Adult and child BNF content is available through a single app. This provides ease of use and saves space on your device.

People working in health and social care in the UK, including Northern Ireland, can download and use the app. It's aimed at:

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

You don't need an internet connection to use the app, which means that the information and guidance is available at the point of care in a digital format.

Download the BNF app on the App Store
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