Abortion (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2021 – proposed changes: business and regulatory impact assessment

This business and regulatory impact assessment (BRIA) considers the proposals for changes to the Abortion (Scotland) Regulations 1991 to enable notifications of abortions to be sent to the Chief Medical Officer electronically and to avoid personal data about patients being included in future notifications.

12. Implementation and delivery plan

The Regulations will come into force on 1 May 2022. We have worked closely with PHS and NHS Boards to ensure that the PHS system will be able to be operationalised at that point and that providers will be able to use it. PHS is developing implementation plans for the introduction of its new system to ensure it can receive patient data directly from providers from that point and will also produce guidance and deliver training. Separately, guidance will be produced from the CMO's office to assist with the implementation of the new arrangements for notifications to the CMO.

12.1 Post-implementation review

We will work with PHS and providers to monitor the implementation of the new arrangements, including through the Scottish Abortion Care Providers Network. No formal review period is included.


Email: sam.baker@gov.scot

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