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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 for Children (BNFC).

The NICE BNFC 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 for children.

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

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

Eligible 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.

Eligible 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 the complete up-to-date content from the British National Formulary for Children (BNFC)
• 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 BNFC
  • (61 stars)

    by Adrian Barker on 22/03/2014

    Please fix search function as not working with Android 4.4! AB

  • (61 stars)

    by Sean Esmonde on 27/02/2014

    Search function doesn't show the results in Android 4.4. Been happening for a while and no fix seems to have been attempted.

  • (61 stars)

    by Joseph Woolley on 30/12/2013

    Search for drug name does not work with KitKat

  • (61 stars)

    by ali khan on 25/11/2013

    Can I use this app

  • (61 stars)

    by Devesh R on 29/08/2013

    Too many clicks needed to search on Phone version (OK on tablet version). When I click search from the Home screen of the App, it should automatically bring the cursor and pop up the keyboard.And how about using the superior functionality of Android and b

  • (61 stars)

    by Omair Malik on 29/05/2013

    It appears you can only log on if you work in England. Pretty useless to the rest of us!

  • (61 stars)

    by David Lewis on 25/01/2013

    Brilliant resource. Extra star if could share bookmarked pages to Evernote/email