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Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 was passed on 30 November 2000. The Act gave a general right of access to recorded information held by public authorities, set out exemptions from that right and placed a number of obligations on public authorities. The two main duties for public authorities under the act are:

  • Public authorities are obliged to publish certain information about their activities
  • Members of the public are entitled to request information from public authorities

The Health Research Authority (HRA) is committed to ensuring its conduct and management is accountable and transparent. The HRA meets the first main duty of the act by providing a Freedom of Information (FOI) publication scheme, which is a description of the information that is publicly made available.

The HRA meets the second main duty of the act by responding to information requests from members of the public in a prompt and timely manner to ensure the timelines set down by the act can be met.


How to request information under the FOI Act

For a request to be valid it must:

  • Be in writing
  • State the name of the applicant
  • State the address for correspondence (email or postal addresses are acceptable)
  • Clearly describe the information requested

An acknowledgement letter will be sent to you advising the request will be dealt with according to the FOI Act within 7 days and a response will be provided as soon as possible and no later than 20 working days from the receipt of the request, assuming the request is valid and the information is held by the HRA.