Gender Reassignment Protocol for Scotland (GRP) update report 2022: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

Information requested

"The April 2022 minutes of the Scottish Government's National Gender Identity Healthcare Reference Group refers to a presentation and update on the Gender Reassignment Protocol provided by Miles Mack and David Parker.

Could you please provide a copy of this presentation and update and/or any reports, slides, handouts, or notes."


I enclose a copy of most of the information you requested.

While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance we are unable to provide some of the information you have requested because exemptions under 25(1) and 38(1)(b) (personal information) of FOISA apply to that information. The reasons why these exemptions apply are explained below.

While the document you requested has been previously released by NHS Board as part of the response to a request made under FOISA (2002) and subsequently published online, for your convenience I again attach a copy of a written update report on progress to review and update the 2012 Gender Reassignment Protocol for Scotland (GRP) which was presented to the National Gender Identity Healthcare Reference Group (the Group) meeting on the 13th of April 2022 (Attachment - Document 1).

An exemption under section 38(1)(b) of FOISA (personal information) applies to some information which has been redacted from the enclosed document. This exemption applies because the information is personal data of a third party, i.e. names and contact of individuals, and disclosing it would contravene the data protection principles in Article 5(1) of the General Data Protection Regulation and in section 34(1) of the Data Protection Act 2018.

This exemption is not subject to the 'public interest test', so we are not required to consider if the public interest in disclosing the information outweighs the public interest in applying the exemption.

For clarity and avoidance of doubt, the reference to ‘a presentation on the work to date to complete a review and update of the 2012 Gender Reassignment Protocol for Scotland (GRP)’ as recorded in the April 2022 minutes of the Group refers to a verbal presentation accompanying the written update report on progress to review and update the 2012 GRP.

The minutes from the April 2022 meeting of the Group are publicly available on the Group’s Scottish Government webpage, which you refer to in your original request. Under section 25(1) of FOISA, we do not have to give you information which is already reasonably accessible to you.

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