BNF Usage and Other Prescribing Information Sources

This micro skills course describes the British National Formulary (BNF) as a primary source of medicines information, highlighting key sections in the BNF and their application, and the formats of drug monographs. It also describes the limitations of the BNF as a source of medicines information and describes other sources of information available to junior medical staff, accessible through the pharmacy department.

Delivery Mode
Online - Self Paced
Course Duration
30-60 minutes
Course Type
Yes, on completion
Course Code
Content Provider
Academy of Medical Royal Colleges

What will I learn?

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  1. Interpret drug dosing information in the BNF;
  2. Identify how to use the BNF to access information about drug treatments including interactions;
  3. State the difference between formulations of medicines using morphine as an example;
  4. Identify sources of information about medicines, other than the BNF

Course provided in association with


  • This eLearning session is provided by the Content Providers listed above but it does not in any way constitute a qualification or accreditation from them.
  • Certificates provided at the end of each session are issued by Talisium under licence and cannot be used by students to seek membership, fellowship or any other form of recognition by the Content Provider.
  • This micro skills course may contain references to UK laws, regulations, policies and practice guidelines.
  • You should apply the lessons within the context of your local environment.
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