Freedom of Information FAQs
What is an FoI request
An FoI request is one for recorded information held by an organisation. It is not a list of questions about an issue or a request for advice.
What is the purpose of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOI Act)?
To give the public greater access to information about the functions and workings of government and public bodies.
When did the Act come into force?
1 January 2005.
Does the Act only apply to records created after 1 January 2005?
No, it is fully retrospective. It applies to all our records and those of the predecessor bodies (the UKCC and ENB).
What rights does the Act give to individuals?
The right to be informed if information exists, and the right to have that information provided to them.
Who can ask for information?
Anyone, anywhere in the world.
What information is available?
A full list of available information is in the Health Regulators Definition Document on the ICO website [PDF].
How do I obtain information?
You can download information from our website, or order hard copies of documents.
What if I want some information that is not on the website?
Use the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act: Request form to contact us.
Can I make an FOI request over the telephone?
No. All requests must be in writing.
Do I have to pay for any of the information?
Most information is free. We will tell you if there will be any administative costs.
Will I be able to obtain personal information about myself under the Act?
No. Requests for personal information will be dealt with under the Data Protection Act.
Who ensures that we comply with the Act?
The Information Commissioner is responsible for ensuring that all public authorities comply with the Act.
Created date :
Modified date :