Period Product Provision:
Statement on Exercise of Functions
The Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Act 2021 was enacted in November 2020 by the Scottish Government, and received Royal assent on 12 January 2021. It is the world's first legislation to make it mandatory for all public institutions to provide sanitary products for menstruation including tampons and pads.
The Act states: -
- “Everyone in Scotland who menstruates should have reasonably convenient access to period products, free of charge, as and when required. “
- We must make products reasonably easy to obtain, we must try to ensure dignity is preserved and respected and offer a reasonable choice of types of products (1 type of tampon, 1 type of sanitary pad and 1 reusable product).
- Recipients should not be required to ask for products, justify why they need them, or any limit placed on the number of products recipients can receive.
Colleges have a duty to make period products available free of charge for anyone who needs them, and in their role as education providers, make period products available at no cost in college buildings.
Colleges are also required to publish a Statement on how they will exercise their functions under the Act. The statement must be prepared in consultation with relevant individuals, groups, and organisations.
Click below to read the statement in it's entirety.