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Privacy Advisory Committee

Important News

From 1st May 2015 a single application and scrutiny process will be operated across Scotland by the newly formed Public Benefit and Privacy Panel for Health and Social Care. The NSS Privacy Advisory Committee will no longer receive any new applications. Refer to for more information.

As part of our work, we support the independent NSS Privacy Advisory Committee which provides advice on requests for the release of patient identifiable information.

The NSS Privacy Advisory Committee (PAC) is an advisory committee to the Board of NHS National Services Scotland (NSS) and to the Registrar General. The committee was originally set up as an independent body in 1990 to provide advice on requests for the release of patient identifiable information by the Information Services Division (ISD), part of NHS NSS, or by the General Register Office for Scotland (GROS) now part of the National Records of Scotland (NRS).

The committee meets twice a year and has a majority non-medical / NHS membership. At these meetings PAC members review recent applications and discuss matters of precedent and principle. Between meetings, routine work of the committee is by mail or email. PAC advises ISD and GROS on the correct balance between protecting personal data and making data available for research, audit and other important uses and ensures that any information releases are carefully controlled.

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