Databases and reports

A list of online databases for you to use in your research, including the BNF and Mintel.

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British National Formulary (BNF)/ British National Formulary for Children (BNFC)

BNF Publications reflect current best practice as well as legal and professional guidelines relating to the uses of medicines. Content includes guidance on the drug management of common conditions; details of medicines with special reference to their uses, cautions, contra-indications, side-effects, doses, and relative costs; and guidance on prescribing, monitoring, dispensing, and administering medicines.

There are several ways to access the BNF/BNFC:

The Cochrane Library  

The Cochrane Library contains high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making. It includes reliable evidence from Cochrane and other systematic reviews, clinical trials, and more, and has a dedicated Eyes & Vision category.


To access these reports, login to the college website.

28 Feb 2021 Report

Mintel report: Optical Goods Retailing - UK - February 2021

This report covers core goods and services sold through opticians.

COVID-19 Dispensing
11 Feb 2020 Report

Mintel report: Optical goods retailing - UK (2020)

This report covers core goods and services sold through opticians.


NHS Evidence   

NHS Evidence provides access to authoritative clinical and non-clinical evidence and best practice. Here you will find systematic reviews, meta-analyses, practice guidelines, and grey literature. NHS Evidence is managed by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.


PROSPERO is an international prospective register of systematic reviews, maintained by the Centre for Reviews and Dissemination at the University of York.


PubMed gives access to Medline at the National Library of Medicine site in the US. Medline is a database of references to journal articles, dating back to 1966. It indexes over 5,400 international journals in the fields of clinical medicine and biomedical research.


Trip is a clinical search engine designed to allow users to quickly and easily find and use high-quality research evidence to support their practice and/or care. As well as research evidence, the Trip database allows users to search across other content types including images, videos, patient information leaflets, educational courses and news.