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EIR IconEnvironmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004

The Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (also referred to as 'the EIRs') came into force on 1 January 2005. Every Scottish public authority has a duty to make environmental information available on request.  There has been legislation governing access to environmental information in the UK for over 15 years. The Environmental Information Regulations 1992, which were amended in 1998, gave the public the right to ask for information which "relates to the environment" and which was held by a "relevant person".

In 1998, the UK signed the Aarhus Convention from which an EU Directive was then derived. The new EIRs were brought into force to ensure that Scotland complies with the Convention and the EU Directive. There are separate regulations for the rest of the UK, which are enforced by the UK Information Commissioner.

A full text of all legislation, including amendments to date, is available on The National Archives' website:

 Environmental Information Regulations (Scotland) (EIRs)

As it is not always easy to decide whether the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 or the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 apply to information, we provide a quick guide - 

Environmental Information Guidance

The Scottish Information Commissioner has published detailed guidance for public authorities on handling requests for information under the EIRs. The guidance can be downloaded from the following pages:

The Scottish Government's Section 60 Code of Practice on dealing with requests for environmental information can also be viewed here: Section 60 Code of Practice.



Environmental Information Research Study

EIR Research Project - University of Dundee

The University of Dundee is looking for people to help them out with a major new research study exploring access to environmental information in Scotland.  You might be a person who has accessed environmental information from a public body, or a public authority employee with responsibility for publishing environmental information or responding to requests - either way, the researchers would like to hear about your experiences.

Find out more or take part in the study

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