Freedom of information

The rights of access to information provisions of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act were fully implemented on 1 January 2005.

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Subject to exemptions, the FOI Act gives individuals the right to request any information held by the MHRA. Requestors have the right:

  • to be told whether the information exists
  • to receive the information.

Requesting information from the MHRA

If you would like to make a request for information under the FOI Act to the MHRA, you may find our FOI request form useful:

MHRA Freedom of Information Act request form

MHRA Freedom of Information Officer

Stephen Wilson
Telephone: 020 3080 6852   

Publication Scheme

The Act also places a requirement on public authorities to produce a 'Publication Scheme'. These Schemes are a guide to the information routinely published by the public authority, and are designed to make available as much information as possible, without the need for a direct request being made.

MHRA Publication Scheme

Department of Health Information Asset Register (DH IAR)

Following Government consultation on the future management of Crown Copyright and access to public sector information, it was proposed that a Government-wide Information Asset Register should be created which would be accessible by all.

The DH IAR lists information resources held by the Department, concentrating on unpublished resources, and in doing so enables users to locate information from one single source.

Department of Health Information Asset Register (external link)

Guidance on the disclosure of types of human and veterinary medicines information held by the human and veterinary regulatory authorities

The MHRA, the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD), the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) , the Proprietary Association of Great Britain (PAGB),  the National Office of Animal Health (NOAH) and the Food Ethics Council have worked together to produce the following guidance on how the MHRA and the VMD will deal with requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act.

Guidance on the disclosure of types of human and veterinary medicines information held by the human and veterinary regulatory authorities

This guidance replaces the memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the ABPI, PAGB, MHRA, and NOAH and VMD, in place since late 2004. It is intended to be helpful for regulators, information requestors and industry. It does not purport to be a legally binding document, but guidance and a statement of good practice which cannot be binding on either MHRA or VMD when dealing with an individual request under the FOIA or Environmental Information Regulations.

Further information on the FOI Act

The FOI Act can be found on the Office of Public Sector Information website:

Freedom of Information Act 2000 (external link)

Extensive guidance on the FOI Act has been produced by the Office of the Information Commissioner (who is responsible for the operation of the Act), and the Department of Constitutional Affairs and can be found on their websites:

Information Commissioner's Office website (external link)

Department for Constitutional Affairs website (external link)

Page last modified: 22 March 2012