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Important Customer Notices:

How long will it take to receive my certificate?

14 September 2014

Disclosure Scotland works within a Service Level Agreement to produce 90% of all types of Disclosure, for a correctly completed application with no further enquiries, within 14 calendar days. This is measured from the day we receive the application to the day of dispatch. Certificates are dispatched 1st class Royal Mail postage.

As of 14 September 2014, we are working inside our performance target of processing applications within 14 days. Our average turnaround time for applications processed last week was 99.8% in 14 days.

As some applications may require further enquiries, these applications may take longer than our quoted average turnaround time.




Update on PVG Scheme Retrospective Checking

13 August 2014

To enable Disclosure Scotland to meet its service delivery standards, we are seeking updated information from our registered bodies on the number of applications still to be submitted to ensure all personnel in regulated work have been introduced into the PVG scheme.  We are also seeking information to confirm if you will have your retrospective checking completed by October 2015 and whether or not you have, or intend to have, a re-checking policy for those members of your staff in the PVG scheme.


Some, but not all of our registered bodies, have been contacted directly to seek this information.  If your registered body was not contacted but you want to contribute to our information gathering exercise, then I would ask you to complete the attached questionnaire and return to by 26  September 2014.  If you intend to post your response, please send to Disclosure Scotland, 1 Pacific Quay, Glasgow, G51 1DZ.  

To complete the questionnaire, please click here.

Appointment of Non-Executive Directors

12 August 2014
We are currently seeking to enhance the skills and experience of our board by inviting two exceptional
individuals to join us as Non-Executive Directors.  For more information, click here.

Supreme Court Ruling

18 June 2014

In light of the Supreme Court ruling of 18 June 2014, Disclosure Scotland are considering what legislative changes, if any, may be necessary in relation to the system of disclosure by the state of convictions (received in Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland) and cautions (received in England, Wales and Northern Ireland) through disclosure checks in Scotland. 


Slight Change to some Disclosure Certificate Headings

6 March 2014

Please be aware that the headings on certain of our disclosure certificate templates have been altered in preparation for a future change in the law as to how disposals from the children’s hearings will be treated.  You can find out more about these changes in section 187 and 188 of the Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011.  Please follow this link:

For now, we cannot give a specific date as to when these amendments will come into force.  Copies of the new templates are available here.


Justice Minister announces Rehabilitation of Offenders Act Reforms

The Justice Minister Simon Hughes has announced Reforms which will cut the amount of time some offenders need to disclose details of any low level convictions, they will come into effect on Monday 10 March 2014. The move is part of the Government’s ongoing commitment to tackling reoffending so that offenders can turn their back on a life of crime and can get back into honest work.

This means that, with effect from 10 March 2014, the contents of a criminal conviction certificate (commonly known as a Basic Disclosure certificate) applied for under section 112 of the Police Act 1997 may differ depending on whether the application for the certificate is processed under the legislation that applies in England and Wales or under the legislation that applies in Scotland.

Further information can be found on the News page.

Application Form Process Flow Chart

Registered Bodies, commencement of Annual Subscription

7th October 2013

Copy of letter to Registered Bodies to highlight the commencement of Annual Subscription collection for year 2013-2014.  Annual Subscription Frequently Asked Questions.


The General Pharmaceutical Council

4th October 2013

PVG application forms request that the applicant includes their registration details with certain Regulatory Bodies. The PVG legislation and guidance notes make reference to the "Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain" with Regulatory Body Code 110.

The General Pharmaceutical Council has superseded the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain. Until such times as the PVG legislation and guidance can be amended, applicants who are registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council should include their GPhC registration number along with Regulatory Body code 110.

Dealing with Unacceptable Behaviour


Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) by 2015


Transition of Police Act Disclosure Application Forms to new IT system


Retrospective Checking Update, Full Agreed Monthly Volumes, 1 April 2013

Reprint Requests - Revised Procedure

Disregarding certain convictions for sexual offences

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