Flexible access to Best Practice

Mobile and app access

The BMJ Best Practice app provides healthcare professionals with quick and convenient access to clinical guidelines, research evidence and expert opinion. To find out more information about our BMJ Best Practice app click here.

Remote access

Personal and institutional subscriptions include remote access to BMJ Best Practice at no extra charge. If your organisation has an institutional subscription, you can access the website remotely (from outside your institution) by creating a My BMJ Best Practice account.

Institutional access to the BMJ Best Practice app

If the BMJ Best Practice app is part of your institution’s subscription, your My BMJ Best Practice login will also allow you to download both files within the app without charge. In some instances institutional access is granted by use of an institutional number which will be provided by your institution or organisation. The institutional number is used once alongside your My BMJ Best Practice login.

Creating your personal account to ensure remote access

How to create a My BMJ Best Practice account:

1. To register for a new My BMJ Best Practice account, click here and follow the online registration process or sign into an existing account

Institutional subscribers

You must register/login from within the IP range of the institution, or after authentication via Shibboleth, Athens, referral URL / proxy server for access set-up to be successful. Your institution must also allow remote access. Institutional administrators can enable remote access by contacting BMJ customer services at support@bmjgroup.com.*

Access to the 'All topics' in the BMJ Best Practice app is granted without charge and for the duration of the institutional subscription. Launch the BMJ Best Practice app on your chosen device and log in with your My Best Practice login from the Store page. You can do this on multiple devices if required.

App access by Institutional number

Get your institutional number from your institution.
When logging in, simply type in your institutional number on the Login pop up.
If you’re already logged in, you can add your institutional number on the Profile pop up, accessible from the Store page. Access to the 'All topics' in the BMJ Best Practice app is granted without charge and for the duration of the institutional subscription. Institutional numbers should only be entered once. To access on multiple devices simply login with your My Best Practice login from the Store page.

PLEASE NOTE: Remote access rights are granted for the remaining duration of the institutional subscription, or for six months (whichever period is shorter). To renew your access, login to My Best Practice.

Personal subscribers

Personal subscriptions automatically allow access from any location. Simply login to your My BMJ Best Practice account. Personal subscriptions do NOT include access to the BMJ Best Practice app. The BMJ Best Practice iOS or android app can be purchased separately via the respective stores:

Download the iOS app

Download the android app


* For security reasons, remote access must be set up from a computer connected to your institution’s network.

Downloading app content

In version 2.1 we removed the cellular data download restriction, to allow users to download topics over 4G & 3G.

We realise that our app can use up considerable amounts of users' mobile data allowance due to the updating frequency of topics. However, the app set up gives the user the option to restrict downloads to wifi (or not) as required.

iOS users control their mobile data usage through settings: as standard eg, iOS7 Settings > Mobile > MOBILE DATA USAGE, where switching off means downloads only happen over wifi.

Android users control the BP mobile data usage from *within the app* under their profile (see android phone screenshot attached).