The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) provides a general right of access to all types of recorded information held by public authorities.
OSCR is required to adopt and maintain a Publication Scheme,
approved by the Office of the Scottish Information Commissioner
The publication scheme lists:
- the classes of information which OSCR publishes or intends to
- the manner in which information within each class is, or is
intended to be published
- whether the material is, or is intended to be available free of
charge or on payment.
OSCR has adopted the Model Publication Scheme
2012 produced by the Scottish Information
Commissioner. The Commissioner has approved this scheme
until 31 May 2016. You can see this scheme on the Commissioner's
website at: http://www.itspublicknowledge.info/ScottishPublicAuthorities/PublicationSchemes/PreviousModelSchemes.asp
or by contacting us at the address below.
In adopting the Model Publication Scheme 2012 OSCR has
produced a 'Guide to Information' which:
- allows you to see what information is available (and what is
not available) in relation to each class,
- states what charges may be applied
- explains how you can find the information easily
- provides contact details for enquiries and to get help with
accessing the information
- explains how to request information we hold that has not been
You can view and download the PDF version of the Guide
to Information by following this link: OSCR's Guide to
Information, or contact the Freedom of Information
Officer on the details below to ask for a hard copy to be sent
Or you can access the guide to information online: Guide to
Information. Please note that the online version only
links to information which is available elsewhere on our
website. The full PDF version also contains links to other
websites where relevant.
2. Making a request for
Under FOISA you have legal rights to access information held by
OSCR. These rights apply only to information requests made in
writing or another recordable format (verbal requests for
environmental information carry similar rights).
When making a request you should provide a name and address for
correspondence and a description of the information you would like
There are certain circumstances when some or all of the information
you request may not be released as it is exempt under
FOISA. If this is the case we will write to you and explain
If you are unhappy with our response you can ask us to review it
and if you are still unhappy, you can make an appeal to the
Scottish Information Commissioner (details below).
Access to personal information about
FOISA does not give you a right to access personal information
about yourself. If you want to request your own personal
information held by OSCR this will be treated as a subject access
request under the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA).
for more details.
Freedom of Information requests should be sent to:
Data Protection and Freedom of Information Officer
9 Riverside Drive
3. The Scottish
The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 is enforced by
Information Commissioner, more details about freedom of
information law in Scotland can be found on their
Contact details for the Scottish Information Commissioner
Office of the Scottish Information Commissioner (OSIC)
Tel: 01334 464610
FOI appeal decisions made by the
Scottish Information Commissioner in relation to OSCR can be found
OSCR produces and publishes quaterly statistics on our handling
of FOI requests which are provided every quarter to the
Scottish Information Commissioner from 1 April 2013.
Copies of the statistics can be found here.
OSCR undertakes to publish its responses to significant FOI
requests which we believe have a wider public interest. We do not
routinely publish each FOI response.
OSCR's responses to these FOI requests can be found here.