Mental Welfare Commission


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Coronavirus Act 2020 - impact on mental health legislation: update from the Scottish Government 30.03.2020

Mental Welfare Commission COVID-19 FAQs for practitioners covering emergency legislation, safeguards, DMPs, restrictions and tribunals.

Mental Welfare Commission advice note on Covid vaccination and use of force (2 March 2021)

Letter that explains the changes to the  designated medical practitioner safeguard during the Covid emergency - click here.

Second opinion request form and instructions - please note that from 1 August 2020, the Commission will only accept second opinion requests under the Mental Health Act (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003  and Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995 via a completed second opinion form (SOP). Telephone requests for Mental Health Act second opinion requests will not be accepted after 1 August 2020. Requests for second opinions under s.48 and s.50 of the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000 can still be made via the Commission’s advice line or emailed to

Last reviewed: 14 September 2021

Next review: 14 March 2022