NICE Electronic and Print Content Framework

Buy journals, books and databases using the NICE Electronic and Print Content Framework Agreement - ends 6th September 2020. Please note that this is a NICE framework, not an LPP-supported framework, and is published here as we believe it offers value to LPP members.

Benefits of the contract

  • Get value for money: Save on procurement time with pre-agreed Terms and Conditions (includes minimum standard service level agreements, key performance indicators and flexible licence terms).


  • More choice: A variety of provider trypes across the Framework- direct publishers, agents, aggregators and booksellers.


  • Meet EU regulations: This framework complies with OJEU regulations - no need for full competitive tendering.


  • Be flexible and transparent: Make informed content purchasing decisions and justify spend.



How to buy

Note: Any content you buy is subject to normal public sector procurement rules and your local standing financial instructions (SFIs). These should be followed in the first instance. Your local procurement department will advise you.

There are three possible processes that you can use to buy content through the framework

  • Direct call off single provider process if onlyl one provider can meet your requirements
  • Award on lowest price using the direct call off multiple provider process
  • Run a mini-competition

Full information is available on the NICE Electronic and Print Content Framework Agreement web page.

Contract description

You can buy the following print and electronic Content Resources through the Framework:

 Print Journals - Periodical publications published as physical hard copies.

 Electronic Journals - Also known as e-journals, and electronic serials - periodical publications published in electronic format(s) including HTML and PDF.

 Print Books  - Books published as physical hard copies including textbooks and monographs.

 Electronic Books/ebooks - Digital versions of print books which may contain added functionality; available in a number of electronic formats and digital models.

 Databases - Abstracting & Indexing/Bibliographic databases full-text databases and reference works.

 Aggregated Evidence Resource Summaries - Provide information summary products, or web-based compendiums, designed to provide health professionals with comprehensive evidence in the format of synthesised information and content.

 Point of Care (PoC) tools - Peer-reviewed, evidence-based information services for healthcare professionals often used at the point of care.

Content Resources are available from a range subject areas including: medicine, nursing, allied health, health services management, Public Health, psychiatry / psychology, social care, complementary medicine, pharmacy and point of care information.

 Additional services such as subscription and consolidation management and shelf ready services are also available from some providers.


Lists of suppliers and methods of purchasing can be downloaded from the NICE website

Contract Overview