Cookies, Privacy Policy and other policies

Cookie and Privacy Policy

British National Formulary (“We”) are committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. This privacy policy applies to the website at and in order to view the complete content of the British National Formulary (“BNF”) and the British National Formulary for Children (“BNFC”) registered users will be redirected to This privacy policy also applies to the use of BNF and BNFC through

This website is operated by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. The BNF is jointly owned by the BMJ Group, of BMA House, Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9JR, and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, of 66-68 East Smithfield, London, E1W 1AW. The BNFC is jointly owned by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, BMJ Group and RCPCH Publications Ltd of 5-11 Theobald’s Road, London WC1X 8SH.

This privacy policy explains what information has been collected about you, how personal information is being used, to whom personal information is being disclosed and how this personal information is stored and protected. Please check back regularly to keep informed of updates to this privacy policy. By submitting your information, you consent to the use of that information and the practices set out in this policy.

Information we may collect from you

We collect and process the following information about you:

Information you give us

If you register for access to the text of the BNF and BNFC, you will be asked to provide your name, postal address, telephone number, a password and a valid email address. We also ask you to tell us your professional status and the type and location of the organisation you work for.

Information we collect about you

We also log requests to our search services.

As with most other web servers, when you access these web pages certain information is automatically collected in the server logs. This will include your IP address, the browser you use, the time and date of access, pages visited and other information that does not personally identify you. Visitors to this website who have JavaScript enabled also have their use of this website tracked using Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google Inc. (“Google”). The information collected about your visit to the website is transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google aggregate the data from all visits and compile various reports for us on the use of this website. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf.

Uses we make of the information

We use information held about you in the following ways:

Information you give to us

We will use this information:

To provide you with information, products and services that you request from us;

Provide you with information about other goods and services we offer that are similar to those that you already purchased or enquired about;

Your name, IP address and log-in details (email address and password or Athens ID and password) are used to administer access to the text of the BNF and BNFC to make this website available to you and to provide you with content which is tailored to individual tastes and to provide you with services that you request and to respond to any enquiries you submit through the website. We do not rent or sell any personal information collected at this site to other organisations or companies.

Information we collect about you

We will collect this information:

In the server logs and using Google Analytics. This is primarily used to optimise our website for our visitors and to monitor the service that the website provides. The aggregated data may be shared with third parties. Other than as expressly agreed by you or stated when data are collected or within this policy, we will not disclose your personal data to any third parties other than:

  • to our co-owners, licensors, contractors and advisors, who must keep these data confidential;
  • as required to enforce our legal rights.

We communicate with you by email (using the address you supply) when you send us a request for registration.

We may also use this address to contact you if we suspect your use of this website breaches our terms of use.

Your consent will also be sought at the point of registration with the service to enable us to provide you with information about other services that we consider may be relevant to your needs and interests, including our e-newsletter and information about offers, promotions and events.

Information about your professional status and place of work is used to ensure that our services and any future developments are relevant to our visitors.

Information about requests to our search services is used for researching the efficacy of our software tools.

No personal information that could be used by Google to identify you is transmitted to Google.

Information we receive from other sources

We may combine this information with information you give to us and information we collect about you. We may use this information and the combined information for the purposes set out above (depending on the type of information we receive).

Cookies and other Technologies

This website uses cookies to collect information about you. Cookies are small data files which are placed on your computer by this website and which collect certain information about you. This enables us to tailor our service offering (including the website) to provide you with products and services which are more relevant to your individual tastes. However, you may change your website browser settings to reject cookies, although please note that if you do this it may impair the functionality of this website. As the means by which you can refuse cookies varies from browser to browser, please consult your web browser’s help menu for further information on how to prevent your browser from accepting new cookies, how to have the browser notify you when you receive a new cookie, or how to disable cookies altogether. Further information on deleting or controlling cookies is available at

We use cookies to control access to the BNF and BNFC text on our websites. We use a type of cookie referred to as a ‘session cookie’. This cookie resides in the cookie file from the time you first visit the site and remains until you close your browser application. It is used to cause the expiry of the login after 15 minutes of inactivity. Google also use cookies in the operation of the Google Analytics service, for more information please see here.

You must set your browser to accept cookies in order to access the BNF and BNFC text. However, if you want to stop cookies being stored on your computer in future, please refer to your browser manufacturer’s instructions by clicking “Help” in your browser menu. Occasionally we ask visitors to complete a short questionnaire before entering our website. These questionnaires may be in place for several days. We use cookies so that you do not have to fill out the questionnaire more than once during the study period. This is a persistent cookie that expires at the end of the study period.

We do not use cookies to track what other sites you have visited.

Disclosure of your Information

We may share your personal information with any member of our group, which means our subsidiaries, our holding companies and its subsidiaries, as defined in section 1159 of the UK Companies Act 2006.

We may share your information with selected third parties including:

  • Business partners and suppliers;
  • Advertisers and advertising networks that required the data to select and serve relevant adverts to you and others;
  • Analytics and search engine providers that assist us in the improvement and optimisation of our site;

We may disclose your personal information to third parties:

  • In the event that we sell or buy any business or asset, in which case we may disclose your personal data to the prospective seller or buyer of such business or assets;
  • If we are under a duty to disclose or share your personal data in order to comply with any legal obligation, or in order to enforce or apply our terms of use and other agreements; our customers, or others. This includes exchanging information with other companies and organisation for the purposes of fraud protection and credit risk reduction.

Where we store your Personal Data

The data that we collect from you may be transferred to, and stored at, a destination outside the European Economic Area (“EEA”). It may also be processed by staff operating outside the EEA who work for us or for one of our suppliers. Such staff maybe engaged in, among other things, the fulfillment of your order, the processing of your payment details and the provision of support services. By submitting your personal data, you agree to this transfer, storing or processing. We will take all steps reasonably necessary to ensure that your data is treated securely and in accordance with this privacy policy.

We understand that the security of your information is important to you. We also understand that our continued success as a publisher on the web relies on our ability to communicate with you in a secure manner. We adhere to the highest standards of decency, fairness, and integrity in our operations. We use several measures to authenticate your identity when you visit our site. We also take steps to make sure all information is as secure as possible against unauthorised access and use (for example, by hackers). We review our security measures regularly.

Despite our best efforts, and the best efforts of other firms, “perfect security” does not exist on the Internet, or anywhere else. Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the Internet is not completely secure. Although we will do our best to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to our site; any transmission is at your own risk. Once we have received your information, we will use strict procedures and security features to try to prevent unauthorised access.

You should not share your user name and password with other people. If you think you might lose or forget these identifiers, write them down and keep each in a separate place.

Your Rights

You have the following rights:

  • You have the right to ask us not to process your personal data for marketing purposes. We will inform you, before collecting you data, if we intend to use your data for such purposes or if we intend to disclose your information to any third party for such purposes;
  • the right to ask us to update and correct any out-of-date or incorrect personal information that we hold about you free of charge;
  • the right to stop receiving correspondence about our services including our e-newsletter and information about offers, promotions and events (which will require you to close your account);
  • in some circumstances, the right for the personal details you have provided to be deleted.
  • Our site may, from time to time, contain links to the websites of our partners, and affiliates. If you follow a link to any of these websites, please note that these websites have their own privacy policies and that we do not accept any responsibility or liability for these policies. Please check these policies before you submit any personal data to these websites.

Access to Information

The Act gives you rights to access information held about you. Your right of access can be exercised in accordance with the Act. You have a right to ask us to provide you with copies of personal data that we hold about you at any time, for which we may charge a small fee of £10 to meet out costs in providing you with details of information we hold on you.

Changes to our Privacy Policy

Any changes we make to our Privacy Policy in the future will be posted on this page. Please check this page regularly to see any updates or changes to our Privacy Policy. Major changes to this Privacy Policy will be highlighted with a prominent notice on the website.

Contact Us

If you have any comments, questions or requests regarding our privacy practices and/or the use of cookies and other technologies, please write to us (by post or by e-mailing

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