Essential reference books

Practical, evidence-based information for healthcare professionals who prescribe, dispense, and administer medicines.


Order BNF 85, the latest edition of the British National Formulary in print. The British National Formulary (BNF) is the first choice for concise medicines information. Trusted by healthcare professionals across the world to support confident decision-making at the point of care.

BNF for Children

BNFC 2022-2023 out now. Covering neonates to adolescents, the BNF for Children includes key clinical and pharmaceutical information specific to those age groups.

Subscribe to BNF and BNF for Children

Subscribe to BNF and BNF for Children to receive the latest print editions as they are published at reduced price. 1 year and 2 year subscriptions available.

The BNF is published in updated book form twice a year, in March and September. It details all medicines that are generally prescribed in the UK, with information about:

  • indications and dosages
  • contraindications
  • cautions
  • side effects
  • medicinal products
  • and more

The print edition of the BNF for Children is published in book form annually.

The Nurse Prescribers’ Formulary content is incorporated within the BNF.

The publishers of the BNF are committed to providing the formulary in the format most convenient to our customers. We will continue to publish the BNF in updated book form twice a year, in March and September. NICE, provider of free copies to NHS health professionals in England, now buys the September edition only, in addition to the online availability via its website. If your organisation wishes to purchase an updated print version and take advantage of our bulk pricing offers, please contact Individuals can buy the book at or by calling 01256 302 699. Details about changes and updates to the BNF content are available on MedicinesComplete

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