The Scottish Government seeks to ensure that the information published on this website is up to date and accurate. The information on this website does not constitute legal or professional advice and the Scottish Government cannot accept any liability for actions arising from its use. The Scottish Government cannot be held responsible for the contents of any pages referenced by an external link.

Any personal data collected through this website will be treated as confidential in line with the principles of the Data Protection Act 1998.


News organisations may copy, quote, publish and broadcast material from this website without payment and without approval provided they observe the conditions below. Other users may copy or download material from this website for private research and study without payment and without approval provided they observe the conditions below.

The conditions of the waiver of copyright are that users observe the following conditions:

  • Quote the source as Scottish Government as required
  • Do not use the material in a misleading context or in a derogatory manner
  • Provide the Scottish Government with a complimentary copy of a print publication
  • Provide the Scottish Government with the URL address of a website using copied material (except Press Releases)

Photographs and videos may not be copied and are excluded from this waiver.

Links Policy

Links to third party internet sites
The provision on this website of a link to another website does not constitute any authorisation to access material held at that location. Links to sites are provided for informational purposes only and no responsibility is accepted for the quality of resources to be found on such websites. The contents and material made available on linked sites are completely outwith our control and as such no liability is accepted for any damages resulting from accessing or failing to access these sites. No endorsement is expressed or implied by the presence of a link on this website. The contents of a linked-to website may change without our knowledge and, as a result, links may break or may terminate on pages which were not the original targets of a link. No responsibility or liability for the privacy of personal information is accepted for linked-to websites, as these are beyond our control.


All enquiries with regards to the disclaimer and the copyright and links policy should be made in writing to:

Health Directorates Communications
Scottish Government
St Andrews House
email: [email protected]