National Poisons Information Service

A service commissioned by Public Health England




Members of the public

seeking specific

information on poisons

should contact:


In England and Wales:

NHS 111 - dial 111


In Scotland:

NHS 24 - dial 111


In N Ireland:

Contact your local GP or

pharmacist during

normal hours; click here

(www.gpoutofhours for GP

services Out-of-Hours.


In Republic of Ireland:

01 809 2166



professionals seeking

poisons information

should consult:

UKTIS - services

What services does the UKTIS provide?

The UKTIS ( provides a national service on all aspects of the toxicity of drugs and chemicals in pregnancy for health professionals. Information is provided via the telephone information service and also on-line via TOXBASE.


These services include:


  • Pre-conception advice for men and women concerning drug and chemical exposures;
  • Provision and interpretation of background risks as well as specific information on drugs and chemicals for healthcare personnel;   
  • Proactive monitoring of specific hazards and risk assessment;
  • Prospective follow up of selected cases to expand data for use in future enquiries;
  • Support for the National Poisons Information Service within the UK.

The UKTIS also provides advice on request about drug and chemical exposure during pregnancy to official organisations such as the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, the Commission for Human Medicines, the European Medicines Agency, the British National Formulary and the Neonatal Formulary.


In April 2014 a new public facing website was launched 'bumps' - best use of medicines in pregnancy ( This new website enables the online provision of openly accessible information that is consistent with that in UKTIS scientific monographs but summaried in a format suitable for members of the public.


When are the services available?
The UKTIS telephone service is available during normal working hours. Urgent advice can be obtained out of hours via the National Poisons Information Service.


Click here for general information on UKTIS and information provided by UKTIS.


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