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Accessing Library Resources : Guides

Guides and tutorials to help you search and navigate the HSE Library online resources

Access to Summary Product Characteristics (SPCs)

Note on access to Summary Product Characteristics (SPCs)

Access EMC using this link (no login required). Register for an account gives extra benefits including: 

  1. Access individual medicines histories – these show what has changed on an SmPC document and when exactly these changes occurred
  2. Bookmark medicines so you can find them easily in the future.
  3.  Save your searches so you do not lose time to reach your regular searches in the future.

Access to EMC through HSE Library will end on February 10, 2022.


SPCs are also available from:

SPCs are also within the European public assessment report (EPAR) for that medicine. Search for the medicine at 
Within the EPAR downloads, a SPC is included.

Some SPC information remains freely available at:

National Health Library & Knowledge Service. Health Service Executive. Dr. Steevens' Hospital, Dublin 8. Tel: 01-6352555/8. Email: