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The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has developed this free app as a useful offline reference for the British National Formulary (BNF).

The NICE BNF app is currently only available to NHS staff in England, Scotland and Wales.

Aimed at pharmacists, doctors, nurses, social care professionals and other healthcare professionals who prescribe and administer medicines, the app provides easy offline access to-up-to-date practical information on prescribing, dispensing and administrating medicines.

To use the NICE BNF app for the first time and to activate any content updates, you will need to enter your NHS Athens user name and password.

Users in England can register for an NHS Athens account by selecting the Journal and Database section on NHS Evidence.

Users in Scotland can register for an NHS Athens account by visiting The Knowledge Network website and selecting the login option at the top of the homepage.

Users in Wales register for an NHS Athens account by visiting the NHS Wales e-Library for health website and selecting the Athens option on the homepage.

Social care staff who meet the NHS Athens eligibility criteria can also download and access the content.

Features include:

• Browse and search offline up-to-date content from the British National Formulary (BNF)
• Optimised for Android phones and tablets
• Auto-complete search with filters for chapters, monographs, interactions and preparations
• Update notifications when new editions or updates are available
• Content bookmarking
• Accessible reading features

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Recently changed in this version

Latest Changes
- Fixed issues with Bookmarks being deleted on updates
- Content updates inside the application

What's New in Version 3.0
- Athens authentication is now every 12 months
- Search on British Approved Names
- "What's New" homepage link
- New Branding
- Dynamic Landing Page to fill the screen
- Locking orientation in menus

Comments and ratings for NICE BNF
  • (59 stars)

    by Imran Tariq on 08/04/2014

    Was very good before update. Plz fix the search function.

  • (59 stars)

    by shirley dana Townsend on 03/04/2014

    Great learning tool on app for student nurse.

  • (59 stars)

    by James Lilleker on 03/04/2014

    Major problem with search function on kit kat noted months ago and sum not fixed. Disappointing.

  • (59 stars)

    by leo morgan on 03/04/2014

    Great app. It could be very useful if only the search function worked properly in kit kat 4.4. Developers please address this urgently!

  • (59 stars)

    by Mark Massyn on 27/03/2014

    Slow to update, frustrating to search, just as vague and uninformative as the paper version.

  • (59 stars)

    by Tom Krolikowski on 22/03/2014

    Sluggish performance and poor all design has now turned even more useless. Search function does not work properly with android 4.4.

  • (59 stars)

    by Abrar Gundroo on 22/03/2014

    Search function not working on KitKat 4.4. Please update. Otherwise very good.