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Freedom of Information for Suppliers
- The Freedom of Information Act (2000)
- How am I affected?
- Information comes direct to my company?
- Refuse to supply information?
- Confidentiality clause?
- Information that might affect my company?
- Information after contract is awarded?
- Information about Specific Requests?
The Freedom of Information Act (2000)
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), that came into effect on 1 January 2005, applies to all information held by public bodies. It also applies to specifically designated private companies that perform public functions but not to other private companies. However, all of the information that University College London holds about your company is covered by FOIA, as is any information that you hold on University College London's behalf.
If I give the UCL information on my products or services, will this be subject to the FOIA?
Yes, but that does not mean it will automatically be released if it is requested, as one of the exemptions may apply. We will seek your views before making a decision on disclosure of information that might affect your rights or interests
My Company holds information on behalf of the UCL. How am I affected?
If UCL gets a
request for Information that includes information you hold on our
will ask you to provide it quickly so that we can comply with FOI. UCL
a statutory duty to reply to all FOIA request within 20 working days.
What if a request for information comes direct to my company?
You have no
obligations to respond to such a request since FOI does not apply to
organisation. If the request relates to information that you hold on
UCL, you should not in any case disclose it without our explicit
Are there any exemptions that allow UCL to refuse to supply information?
provides for two types of exemption:
Absolute and Qualified Exemptions.
Where information is covered by an Absolute Exemption, UCL may refuse to release the information and, in some circumstances, can refuse to confirm or deny whether we hold the information. Where Qualified exemptions apply, UCL has to undertake a public interest test to decide whether it is in the public interest to disclose or withhold it.
Could information I supply to the UCL be protected by having a confidentiality clause?
clauses are discouraged under the FOI unless there are genuine
and/or legal reasons why the information should be treated as
Information provided in confidence is only exempt if its disclosure
rise to an actionable breach of confidence. This is a narrow legal
which applies in limited circumstances and you should not assume that
exemption will apply just because you think information is confidential.
What will the UCL do if it receives a request for information that might affect my company?
When considering requests, UCL will consult you about information that may affect your rights or interests, unless we are already certain that we must or must not disclose it. This consultation will help us to decide if an exemption applies and what the considerations are in applying a public interest test about information disclosure. However, the law makes UCL alone, responsible for making the final decision regarding disclosure.
What happens to tender information after contract is awarded?
Information that was commercially sensitive during the tendering process may no longer be sensitive once contracts have been signed; therefore UCL will consult with you to determine its disclosure as in the previous answer.
Who at UCL should I contact for further information about Specific Requests?
In the first
instance please contact the Director of Procurement, John