Freedom of Information
Freedom of Information legislation is applicable to the Medical Council. The Freedom of Information Act 2014 was enacted on 14th October 2014 and repeals the 1997 and 2003 Acts.
The Act provides the following statutory rights:
- A legal right for each person to access information held by a body to which FOI legislation applies
- A legal right for each person to have official information relating to himself/herself amended where it is incomplete, incorrect or misleading
- A legal right to obtain reasons for decisions affecting himself/herself
The Freedom of Information Act asserts the right of members of the public to obtain access to official information to the greatest extent possible, consistent with the public interest and the right to privacy of individuals. Older legislation continues to apply to any FOI request made before the new legislation came into effect. It also applies to any subsequent review or appeal.
The Medical Council endeavours to publish relevant information relating to its activities in as timely a manner as possible. In accordance with the 2014 Act the Medical Council will provide a publication scheme setting out the information held by the Medical Council and its publication policy (this replaces the Section 15 and 16 FOI manuals). This will be made available in due course.
Freedom of Information requests to the Medical Council should be addressed as follows:
Freedom of Information Officer
Freedom of Information Unit
Telephone: +353 (0)1 498 3100
Applications for Information
- Your application should be in writing. (A sample application form is available here.)
- Your application should also indicate that the information is sought under the Freedom of Information Act.
- You should indicate if information is required in a particular form, e.g. photocopy, PDF etc
- You should give as much detail as possible to enable the Medical Council to identify the record/s. If you have difficulty in identifying the precise records we will be happy to assist you in preparing your request.
- You may be required to prove your identity, especially when requesting personal information. You may, therefore, be asked to produce your passport, driving licence or other form of identification.
- You should include a daytime telephone number so that you can be contacted if it is necessary to clarify details of your request.
- You should pay the prescribed fee (if applicable).
- The Medical Council is obliged to respond to your request within four weeks unless otherwise advised.