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Government and NHS Bodies

DH - Department of Health

MHRA - Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency

Information about the regulatory processes for medicines and devices in the UK, including news about initiatives in Europe and beyond

The MHRA and the Commission on Human Medicines produce a monthly electronic bulletin, Drug Safety Update, providing the latest information and clinical advice on the safe use of medicines

EMA - European Medicines Agency

EMA is responsible for issuing European marketing authorisation and for controlling the safety of medicines

CHM - Commission on Human Medicines

This site provides information about the Commission's responsibilities for the quality, efficacy and safety of medicines

DVLA - Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

Information on the national medical guidelines of fitness to drive

Medicines Partnership

Information on medicine taking and concordance for academics, healthcare professionals, patients and the general public

SMC - Scottish Medicines Consortium

The Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) provides advice across Scotland to NHS Boards and their Area Drug and Therapeutics Committees (ADTCs) about the status of new medicines, formulations, or major new indications for established medicines.

SHOW - Scotland's Health on the Web

Provides a focal point for NHS in Scotland


The Primary Clinical Toxicology Database of the National Poisons Information Service

HPA - Health Protection Agency

HPA protects the population from infection by detecting, diagnosing, and monitoring communicable diseases

All Wales Medicines Strategy Group

The All Wales Medicines Strategy Group (AWMSG) develops independent and authoritative advice on new drugs and on the cost implications of making these drugs routinely available on the NHS in Wales and advises the Welsh Assembly on prescribing strategy for Wales and on future developments in healthcare


NHS Centre for Reviews

A source of information on the effectiveness of treatments and the delivery and organisation of healthcare

HTA - The Health Technology Assessment programme

This is a national programme of research into the costs, effectiveness and broader impact of health technologies; the output is aimed at those who use, manage and provide care in the NHS

NICE - The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence

NICE provides the NHS (patients, health professionals and the public) in England and Wales with authoritative, robust and reliable guidance on current "best practice"

Clinical Knowledge Summaries

The Clinical Knowledge Summaries service (CKS) is a NHS funded resource that provides ready access to practical and reliable clinical knowledge about the common conditions managed in primary and first contact care

SIGN - Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network.

Develops and publishes evidence-based clinical practice guidelines

Intute: health & life sciences (closed July 2011)

Internet resource gateway (medicine, biomedicine, allied health, health management, etc)

eMC - Electronic Medicines Compendium

The Cochrane Collaboration

An international not-for-profit organisation which provides information on systematic reviews and robust studies on healthcare interventions

The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews is published as part of The Cochrane Library.


Evidence-based health journal

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