Freedom of Information

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The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) provides a general right of access to all types of recorded information held by public authorities.

1. Publication Scheme

2. Making a request for information

3. The Scottish Information Commissioner

4. FOI statistics

5. FOI responses

1. Publication Scheme

OSCR is required to adopt and maintain a Publication Scheme, approved by the Office of the Scottish Information Commissioner (OSIC).

The publication scheme lists:

  • the classes of information which OSCR publishes or intends to publish
  • 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: 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 published

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 to you. 

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 information

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 to see.

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 why.

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 yourself

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).

Please see our Privacy Policy for more details.

Freedom of Information requests should be sent to:

Data Protection and Freedom of Information Officer
2nd Floor
Quadrant House
9 Riverside Drive


3. The Scottish Information Commissioner

The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 is enforced by the Scottish Information Commissioner, more details about freedom of information law in Scotland can be found on their website. 

Contact details for the Scottish Information Commissioner are:

Office of the Scottish Information Commissioner (OSIC)
Kinburn Castle
Doubledykes Road
St Andrews
KY16 9DS

Tel:     01334 464610

FOI appeal decisions made by the Scottish Information Commissioner in relation to OSCR can be found here.

4. FOI statistics

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

5. FOI responses

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.