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.

13. Summary and recommendation

Option 3 is being recommended as this provides the strongest mitigation against potential data risks including sensitive patient data and provides for more efficient and practical arrangements for the supply of data for abortion statistics. As detailed in section 4.2 there are costs associated with this option in the form of the adaption of the existing PHS IT system. These costs are relatively small and are justified by the benefits the new arrangements will provide.


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