Anyone, anywhere in the world, can make an FOI request.
You can seek any recorded information that you think a public body may hold. If the request is for environmental information, we will respond according to the Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) 2004.
While it may be useful to do so, you do not need to quote the Act.
Yes, but if the information is your own personal data, then you can make a subject access request under the Data Protection Act 1998, and do not need to use the FOI Act.
Your request must be in writing and can be either posted or emailed to the relevant public authority.
The Act requires certain information to be supplied before a public authority can respond to your request:
Comprehensive guidance on submitting effective requests for information is available from the Information Commissioner's Office.
All NHS Wales Health Boards and Trusts together with the general practitioners, dentists, pharmacists, and opticians providing NHS services will have a mechanism in place to respond to requests, and to decide whether the requested information should be released, or whether any exemptions may apply to the request.
There is a legal obligation to reply to your FOI request and this must be done within 20 working days following receipt. One of the following will be done:
You can ask a public body for an internal review of your FOI request. When you write to us requesting an internal review, we will acknowledge your letter and tell you how long we think the review will take. We aim to complete internal reviews within 20 working days, although more cases that are complex may take longer. Where internal reviews go over 20 working days, we will keep you informed of progress.
If, after an internal review, you are still not satisfied you can then complain to the Information Commissioner (ICO). Details of how to do this are available at the ICO website. Full details of how to ask a public authority for an internal review will be included in our initial reply to your FOI request. Details of how to complain further to the Information Commissioner will be included in our response to your internal review request.