What records can I request?

A record can be a paper document, information held on computer, printouts, maps, plans, audio-visual material etc. Freedom of Information relates only to records which are not routinely available and to information which is not already published. Before making a request under FOI, you should check to see if what you are looking for is already available. Our section 15 & 16 manual provides a list of routinely available records, some of which can be accessed on our website . The Medical Council is currently updating this document but the previous version can be accessed here.

Under FOI, requests for the following records can be made:

  • All records relating to you personally whenever these records were created.
  • All other records created after 21st April 1998.

FOI recognises an individual's right to privacy. Equally there are situations where it would not be in the public interest to release certain records. The FOI Act sets out various categories of records which are exempt from disclosure. These exemptions relate to the following types of records;

  • Personal Information
  • Information obtained in confidence
  • Deliberations of public bodies
  • Commercially sensitive information

If you are not given the record that you ask for, we will give you the reason why.