Accessing BNF and BNF for Children

You can access the British National Formulary (BNF) and the British National Formulary for Children (BNFC) for free using the links in Evidence Search

However if you are a placement student and you wish to download the app for the BNF you will need to follow these instructions to get a Username and Password.

You will need to:


In the email please include the following details

  • Your Name
  • Your student email address
  • Course end date

Please get in touch if you have any queries.

British National Formulary APA style

There have been a few queries recently regarding referencing the BNF.  Below you can find an example of how to do this in text and in the reference list.

In text:
Joint Formulary Committee (2017) or (Joint Formulary Committee, 2017).

In the reference list:
Joint Formulary Committee. (2017). British national formulary 73. London: BMJ Publishing and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.
Joint Formulary Committee. (2017). British national formulary. Retrieved from