Embase is a highly versatile, multipurpose and up-to-date biomedical database. It covers the most important international biomedical literature from 1947 to the present day and all articles are indexed in depth using Elsevier's Life Science thesaurus Embase Indexing and Emtree®. The entire database is also conveniently available on multiple platforms.

Embase is recommended by the following regulatory bodies and authorities for maintaining awareness of safety profiles, and clinical and economic evidence:

  • European Medicines Agency (EMA) - Guideline on good pharmacovigilance practices (GVP) Module VI
  • European Commission - Guidance on the clinical evaluation of medical devices – MEDDEV 2.7.1 (rev. 4)
  • The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Guidelines
  • Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions Version 5.1.0
  • WHO Handbook for guideline development (2nd Edition)
  • European network for Health Technology Assessment (EUnetHTA) - Process of information retrieval for systematic reviews and health technology assessments on clinical effectiveness (Version 1.2)
  • (New) China National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) - Guidelines for collecting and reporting adverse drug reactions (2018)


  • Journal coverage from 1947 to the present
  • Over 32 million records, including MEDLINE titles
  • Over 8,500 journals from over 95 countries, including MEDLINE titles
  • Over 2,900 indexed journals unique to Embase
  • Over 1.5 million records added yearly, with an average of over 6,000 each day
  • Over 2.3 million conference abstracts indexed from more than 7,000 conferences dating from 2009
  • Full-text indexing of drug, disease and medical device data
  • Local literature modules available as add-on


Database is accessible:

  • on the internet network of PMU or
  • outside access for eligible users through VPN

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