UKCTG Freedom of Information

Introduction

UKCTG may on occasions be required to supply information in response to requests for information under the Data Protection Act, the Environmental Information Regulations and/or the Freedom of Information Act. If you receive a request for information and you are unsure of what to do with it, you should write to ukctg@nihr.ac.uk or fill in the form on the ‘Contact us’ page

Freedom of Information Requests

  • The Freedom of Information Act 2000 is an Act of Parliament and the Environmental Information Regulations is an EU legislation that creates a public "right of access" to information held by public authorities.

  • UKCTG operates as part of the National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Network Coordinating Centre on the behalf of the Department of Health.

  • The Department of Health takes full responsibility for responding to any Environmental Information Regulations or Freedom of Information requests.

  • Members of the public should make requests in writing to ukctg@nihr.ac.uk or fill in the form on the ‘Contact us’ page

  • All requests will be routed through to the Department of Health and responded to in accordance with the DH Enquiries Process.

  • At all times UKCTG will operate under the direction of the Department of Health to determine whether relevant data is held and if so provide this in the required form to enable the Department of Health to respond.

  • If a member of staff working on UKCTG receives any such request direct from an external enquirer, the enquirer should be redirected to submit their query to https://www.gov.uk/make-a-freedom-of-information-request/the-freedom-of-information-act

Subject access requests

A subject access request is one of the main rights of the Data Protection Act 1998. It gives people the right to access their own personal information held and processed by any organisation.

Any individual whose data are being processed by UKCTG can ask to see this or be provided with a copy of this in accordance with the relevant time frames provided by the Data Protection Act 1998 (40 working days). Only that information relating to the requester can be released. Any information relating to a third party must only ever be released if in accordance with the Data Protection Act.