Freedom of Information
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
We are 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.
We have 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 or by contacting us at the address below.
We have produced OSCR's 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 also request a hard copy from our Freedom of Information Officer using the contact details below.
2. Making a request for information
Under FOISA you have legal rights to 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.
Access to personal information about yourself
FOISA does not give you a right to 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).
Freedom of Information requests should be sent to:
Data Protection and Freedom of Information Officer
9 Riverside Drive
3. The Scottish Information Commissioner
The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 is enforced by the Scottish Information Commissioner, and 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)
Tel: 01334 464610
4. FOI statistics
We publish quarterly statistics on our handling of FOI requests. We have provided these to the Scottish Information Commissioner from 1 April 2013.
You can view our statistics as follows:
5. FOI responses
While we do not publish every FOI response, we do publish responses to significant FOI requests which we believe have a wider public interest.
View these FOI responses.
6. FOI Appeals
View the list of FOI appeal decisions made by the Scottish Information Commissioner in relation to OSCR: