The Public Health etc. (Scotland) Act 2008 (Notifiable Diseases and Notifiable Organisms) Amendment Regulations 2020

Jurisdiction: Scotland

Commencement: 22nd February 2020

Amends: Public Health etc (Scotland) Act 2008

Mini Summary

Public Health etc (Scotland) Act 2008 makes provisions for the protection of public health in Scotland. This is the protection of the community from infectious diseases, contamination or other hazards which are a danger to human health.

The Act places duties on health boards, local authorities, registered medical practitioners (doctors), directors of diagnostic laboratories, and occupiers or owners of premises in relation to the control of infectious diseases.


These Regulations include Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) as a notifiable disease in Part 1 of Schedule 1 and Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) as a notifiable organism in part 2 of Schedule 1.

This triggers duties of doctors to notify the health board where they suspect the person they are attending has COVID-19 and on the directors of diagnostic laboratories to inform the health board and Common Services Agency where they have identified (SARS-CoV-2). No notification requirements are created under RIDDOR.

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