How to respond and what happens next
Responding to this Consultation
We are inviting responses to this consultation by 14 March 2017.
If you only wish to answer some of the questions, feel free to do so. If you wish to make additional comments that relate to organ and tissue donation and transplantation, but are not directly relevant to any of the questions, please add in your comments at the end of your response.
Please respond to this consultation using the Scottish Government's consultation platform, Citizen Space. You can view and respond to this consultation online at https://consult.scotland.gov.uk/health-protection/organ-and-tissue-donation-and-transplantation
You can save and return to your responses while the consultation is still open. Please ensure that consultation responses are submitted before the closing date of 14 March 2017.
If you are unable to respond online, please complete the Respondent Information Form (see "Handling your Response" below) to:
or write to us at:
Organ and Tissue Donation consultation
Health Protection Division
St Andrew's House
Edinburgh EH1 3DG
Handling your response
If you respond using Citizen Space ( http://consult.scotland.gov.uk/), you will be directed to the Respondent Information Form. Please indicate how you wish your response to be handled and, in particular, whether you are happy for your response to published.
If you are unable to respond via Citizen Space, please complete and return the Respondent Information Form attached included in this document. If you ask for your response not to be published, we will regard it as confidential, and we will treat it accordingly.
All respondents should be aware that the Scottish Government is subject to the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 and would therefore have to consider any request made to it under the Act for information relating to responses made to this consultation exercise.
Next steps in the process
Where respondents have given permission for their response to be made public, and after we have checked that they contain no potentially defamatory material, responses will be made available to the public at http://consult.scotland.gov.uk. If you use Citizen Space to respond, you will receive a copy of your response via email.
Following the closing date, all responses will be analysed and considered along with any other available evidence to help us. Responses will be published where we have been given permission to do so.
Comments and complaints
If you have any comments about how this consultation exercise has been conducted, please send them to email@example.com.
Scottish Government consultation process
Consultation is an essential part of the policy-making process. It gives us the opportunity to consider your opinion and expertise on a proposed area of work.
You can find all our consultations online: http://consult.scotland.gov.uk. Each consultation details the issues under consideration, as well as a way for you to give us your views, either online, by email or by post.
Consultations may involve seeking views in a number of different ways, such as public meetings, focus groups, or other online methods such as Dialogue ( https://www.ideas.gov.scot).
Responses will be analysed and used as part of the decision making process, along with a range of other available information and evidence. We will publish a report of this analysis for every consultation. Depending on the nature of the consultation exercise, the responses received may:
- indicate the need for policy development or review
- inform the development of a particular policy
- help decisions to be made between alternative policy proposals
- be used to finalise legislation before it is implemented
While details of particular circumstances described in a response to a consultation exercise may usefully inform the policy process, consultation exercises cannot address individual concerns and comments, which should be directed to the relevant public body.
If you have any questions about responding to the consultation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 0131 244 9228. You can also use these contact details if you would like to request a copy of this consultation in a different format.