Freedom of Information

Under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) anyone can ask for information from us. Our Guide to information shows what sort of information we hold, and how we make this available.

Publication Scheme

We have adopted the Model Publication Scheme 2016 produced by the Scottish Information Commissioner.

You can see this scheme on the Commissioner's website or by contacting us at openness@fss.scot.

More on the publication scheme

The publication scheme lists:

  • the classes of information which FSS 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 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.

The information we publish through the model scheme is, wherever possible, available on our website. The website front page guides readers to food topics .

If you would like to access information not published under the scheme, you can still request it from us under FOISA or, in the case of environmental information, the EIRs. For further information on accessing information we do not publish, see Making a request for information.

Making a request for information

If the information you are looking for is not included in the publication scheme, you can submit a request in writing or via e-mail to us at the address given below.

More on making a request

When making a request, you should provide a name and address for correspondence and a description of the information you would like to see. Please be specific about the information that you are looking for - it helps us to identify what you require and answer your request more promptly.

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 FSS this will be treated as a subject access request under the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA).

Please see our Privacy Statement  for more details.

Freedom of Information requests should be sent to:

Freedom of Information Officer
FSS, 4th Floor, Pilgrim House, Old Ford Street, Aberdeen, AB11 5RL

Email: openness@fss.scot

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

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

Tel: 01334 464610
Email: enquiries@itspublicknowledge.info
Web: http://www.itspublicknowledge.info

Statistics, Responses and Appeals

Quarterly statistics on our handling of FOI requests are published on the website of the Scottish Information Commissioner.

We will publish significant FOI requests with wider public interest and appeal decisions made by the Scottish Information Commissioner here:

Disclosure log
Scottish Information Commissioner appeal decisions