What is OpenAthens?

It is an authentication system that allows you to access a range of quality information online.

With an NHS OpenAthens account, you can access nationally purchased bibliographic databases, including:

  • AMED (from Ovid)
  • BNI (from ProQuest)
  • CINAHL (from EBSCO)
  • EMBASE and EMCARE (from Ovid)
  • HMIC (from Ovid)
  • Medline (from ProQuest, EBSCO and Ovid)
  • PsycINFO (from ProQuest).

You can also access collections of full text journals from the BMJ and AMA, as well as:

  • PsycARTICLES and the Health Research Premium Collection (from ProQuest)
  • Psychology & Behavioural Sciences Collection (from EBSCO).

In addition, you can use your OpenAthens account to access e-Learning for Healthcare resources, and BMJ Best Practice.

You may also be able to access extra content which has been purchased in your region or by your organisation. For a list of all the content you might be able to access, log into my resources.

OpenAthens support

OpenAthens accounts are managed by OpenAthens administrators. If you have a question about your account or eligibility, contact the relevant administrator.

Find your OpenAthens administrator

Login to change your username, email address or password.

Any personal data submitted as part of the registration process will be used by NICE for the administration and management of the OpenAthens service.

Your personal data will be held in a database by Jisc, who manage OpenAthens and process your data on behalf of NICE. The database will be accessible by your local OpenAthens administrator, your regional administrator, and the national administrator, who are all responsible for maintaining the system and providing you with information on the resources available.

Further information about how NICE may use your personal information and your rights to change or delete it can be found in our privacy notice.


Use our online form to register for OpenAthens. Check you are eligible before trying to register.

Register for OpenAthens

If you already have an account, log in here.

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OpenAthens eligibility