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Introduction to Publication Scheme

1. Legal requirement
2. What is a publication scheme? 
3. The model publication scheme 
4. The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine 
5. Accessing information covered by the publication scheme 
6. What about information not covered by the publication scheme?
7. Feedback
8. Further information

 1. Legal requirement

1.1 Adopting a publication scheme is a requirement of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. This Act promotes greater openness and accountability across the public sector by requiring all 'public authorities' to make information available proactively, through a publication scheme.

1.2 'Public authorities' are defined in the Act and include universities, further education colleges and sixth form colleges.

 2. What is a publication scheme?

2.1 A publication scheme is a document which describes the information a public authority publishes, or intends to publish. In this context, 'publish' means to make information available, routinely. These descriptions are called 'classes of information'. The scheme is not a list of the actual publications, because this will change as new material is published or existing material revised. It is, however, the public authority's commitment to make available the information described.

2.2 A publication scheme must set out the classes, or categories, of information published. It must also make clear how the information described can be accessed and whether or not charges will be made.

 3. The model publication scheme

3.1 As of January 2009 there is one approved model scheme which must be adopted by all public authorities. This lists information under seven broad classes. The School has produced its publication scheme in accordance with the definition documentation for universities.

 4. The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

4.1 The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is Britain's national school of public health and a leading postgraduate institution in Europe for public health and tropical medicine. Part of the University of London, the London School is an internationally recognised centre of excellence in public health, international health and tropical medicine with a remarkable depth and breadth of expertise. It is one of the highest-rated research institutions in the UK.

4.2 The mission of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is to contribute to the improvement of health worldwide through the pursuit of excellence in research, postgraduate teaching, advanced training and consultancy in international public health and tropical medicine.

 5. Accessing information covered by the publication scheme

5.1 The classes of information we publish are described in Part 2 of the scheme.

5.2 In each class we have indicated the manner in which the information described will be available. We have also indicated whether charges apply to material in each class. Publications available on the School website will be available free of charge. The supply of printed copies of web pages or hard copy documents will incur charges unless otherwise stated. Please see the charging policy for further information. In most cases electronic versions of documents can be sent by email.

5.3 To request information available through our publication scheme,
please contact the Freedom of Information Publication Scheme Co-ordinator, contact details below.

5.4 Please note that a publication scheme relates to 'published' information. Therefore, material covered has already been prepared in a format ready for distribution.

5.5 Almost all publications listed in this publication scheme are the copyright of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and reproduction of material supplied through the publication scheme or in response to a request for information without the express permission of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (or copyright holder) may be an infringement of copyright. Requests for permission to reproduce such material should be addressed to: Freedom of Information Publication Scheme Co-ordinator, contact details below.

 6. What about information not covered by the publication scheme?

6.1 From 1 January 2005 you will have the right, under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, to request any information held by the School which we have not already made available through our publication scheme.

6.2 Requests will have to be made in writing and, in general, the School will have 20 working days to respond. The School may charge a fee, which will have to be calculated according to Fees Regulations. The School will not be required to release information to which an exemption in the Act legitimately applies. However, the School may be required to explain to the applicant why it is not releasing information and may also have to justify this to the Information Commissioner.

 7. Feedback

7.1 It is important that this publication scheme meets your needs. If you find the scheme difficult to understand, please let us know. We also welcome suggestions as to how our scheme might be improved. Any questions, comments or complaints about this scheme should be sent in writing to the Publication Scheme Co-ordinator below.

Victoria Cranna
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Keppel Street
London
WC1E 7HT

Tel: 0207 927 2966
Email: foi@lshtm.ac.uk

7.2 If we are unable to resolve any complaint, you can complain to the Information Commissioner, the independent body who oversees the Freedom of Information Act:

Information Commissioner
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

 8. Further information

More information about the Freedom of Information Act is available on the Information Commissioner's website

Please note that Scotland has its own Freedom of Information Act and Information Commissioner. For more information, please see the Scottish Executive's website.

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