This is the website of the Scotland Innovates service ( (the “Website”). This service is provided by NHS National Services Scotland on behalf of the owner of this Website, Scottish Procurement and Property Directorate (SPPD) of the Scottish Government (“we”,”us”, “ours”). Our principal address is NHS National Services Scotland, Gyle Square, 1 South Gyle Crescent, Edinburgh, EH12 9EB.

To contact us, please email

By accessing this Website you confirm that you accept these Terms of Use and that you agree to comply with them. If you do not agree to these Terms of Use, you must not use this Website. We recommend that you print a copy of these Terms of Use for future reference

The information and materials on this Website are for general information purposes only and nothing contained within this Website shall be deemed to constitute any endorsement, quality assurance or recommendation in respect of any content on this Website. Content of this Website is subject to variation at any time without notice.

We may change these Terms of Use by changing this page at any time. Every time you wish to use this Website, please check these Terms of Use to ensure you understand the terms that apply at that time. If you register as a user of the Scotland Innovates service you are subject to additional terms and conditions which you must agree to as part of registering (Registered User Terms and Conditions) which are available here.

1. Definitions

Content – all material published on this Website in any format including but not limited to, text, software, graphics, audio or video.

NHS National Services Scotland - NHS NSS.

Service – the complete Scotland Innovates service, including this Website, newsletter subscriptions, service desk, and innovation and assessment capability.

User - means all persons who access and use this Website, including but not limited to members of the public, public sector organisations and their staff and both suppliers and prospective suppliers of products and technologies.

User Content Pages – includes content posted by Users on this Website (excluding NHS NSS).

Other terms that may apply to you

These Terms of Use refer to the following additional terms, which also apply to your use of this Website:

The following conditions apply to use of this Website

2. User Content

Users acknowledge that in posting any Content on this Website, they warrant that they have the right to do so and grant Scottish Government and NHS NSS a royalty-free, non-exclusive worldwide perpetual right to reproduce, adapt and/or publish any Content solely for the purpose of displaying the content on this Website.

Scottish Government and NHS NSS do not claim any ownership or control over any Content submitted by Users on this Website and nor do they screen, control, edit or conduct regular monitoring of the User Content Pages or any other User generated material posted on this Website. Scottish Government and NHS NSS reserve the right to remove any information or material posted by Users at any time, without notice or liability, if at any time either the Scottish Government or NHS NSS becomes or is made aware that such material constitutes a breach by a User of these Terms of Use, is otherwise unlawful or Scottish Government and/or NHS NSS deems its removal necessary for any other reason. If either Scottish Government and/or NHS NSS considers that a User is using this Website and/or User Content Pages in a manner detrimental to this Website or other Users, for an unlawful purpose, or in a manner which it otherwise deems to be unlawful and/or contrary to the Terms and Conditions, Scottish Government and/or NHS NSS reserve the right to terminate their right to post on this Website and to access the User Content Pages

3. Intellectual property rights

We are the owner or the licensee of all intellectual property rights in this Website, and in the material published on it. Those works are protected by copyright laws and treaties around the world. All such rights are reserved.

You must not use any part of the Content on this Website for commercial purposes without obtaining a licence to do so from us or our licensors.

If you print off, copy, download, share or repost any part of this Website in breach of these Terms of Use, your right to use this Website will cease immediately and you must, at our option, return or destroy any copies of the materials you have made.

4. No text or data mining, or web scraping

You shall not conduct, facilitate, authorise or permit any text or data mining or web scraping in relation to this Website or any the Service. This includes using (or permitting, authorising or attempting the use of):

  • Any "robot", "bot", "spider", "scraper" or other automated device, program, tool, algorithm, code, process or methodology to access, obtain, copy, monitor or republish any portion of this Website or any data, Content, information or services accessed via the same.
  • Any automated analytical technique aimed at analysing text and data in digital form to generate information which includes but is not limited to patterns, trends and correlations.

The foregoing shall not apply insofar as (but only to the extent that) we are unable to exclude or limit text or data mining or web scraping activity by contract under the laws which are applicable to us.

5. Reliability of information

Scottish Government and NHS NSS use their best efforts to ensure the accuracy and reliability of information on this Website. However, no guarantees are made that the information contained on this Website, or associated or linked-to websites, is accurate, complete and current at any given time. Information presented on this Website or associated websites may be changed at any time.

The resources made available on this Website are intended to assist Users in their use of the Service and are for information only. This Website is not intended to amount to advice on which you should rely. You must obtain professional or specialist advice before taking, or refraining from, any action on the basis of the Content on this Website.

Users of this Website agree to inform us by email at, if they should come across any material on this Website which they consider to be potentially in breach of any relevant standards, regulations or legislation in order for the appropriate remedial action to be taken.

6. Availability of this Website

This Website is provided by NHS NSS on behalf of SPPD of the Scottish Government. Although this Website has been tested and should work correctly under normal circumstances there are many factors both within and outside of the control of NHS NSS which may prevent this Website from being available to users of the World Wide Web. It is the responsibility of Users of this Website to make their own arrangements to enable them to access this Website and the functions made available there.

We cannot guarantee uninterrupted access to this Website, its Content or any linked websites. We accept no responsibility for any claims, losses or damages (whether direct or indirect) that may arise from an inability to access resources on this Website or relating to the use of and/or reliance on the Contents of this Website. The Scottish Government and NHS NSS will not be liable in defamation, for breach of confidentiality or for intellectual property infringement in respect of any User-generated content. We do not exclude or limit in any way our liability to you where it would be unlawful to do so.

We may suspend or withdraw or restrict the availability of all or any part of this Website for business and operational reasons. We will try to give you reasonable notice of any suspension or withdrawal.

You are also responsible for ensuring that all persons who access this Website through your internet connection are aware of these Terms of Use and other applicable terms and conditions, and that they comply with them. Where a User finds a specific error in the coding of a web page, or where they consider a page to be in breach of accessibility or other published policies of this Website, it is a condition of use of this Website that NHS NSS’s web team be notified in order that appropriate action may be taken. Notification can be made to the email address: This address should not be used for queries about the Content of this Website or questions regarding the processing or status of innovations submitted.

Access to some of the Content of this Website is restricted to persons who have an account and/or are authorised by either Scottish Government or NHS NSS. In addition, access to some Content is restricted to certain Users who are members of that Group. If you registered with you will be subject to the following terms (Registered User Terms and Conditions). If you choose, or you are provided with, a user identification code, password or any other piece of information as part of our security procedures, you must treat such information as confidential. You must not disclose it to any third party.

We have the right to disable any user identification code or password, whether chosen by you or allocated by us, at any time, if in our reasonable opinion you have failed to comply with any of the provisions of these Terms of Use.

If you know or suspect that anyone other than you knows your user identification code or password, you must promptly notify us at

7. Links to third party internet sites

This Website contains links to other third party websites and other third party websites may link to this Website. Links to third party websites are provided for informational purposes only and no responsibility is accepted for the quality of resources to be found on such websites.

Scottish Government and NSS are not responsible for the content of any third party website and accept no responsibility for material found on them or for any loss or damage that may arise from the use of such websites.

No responsibility or liability for the privacy of personal information is accepted for linked-to websites, as these are beyond our control.

The provision on this Website of a link to another website does not constitute any authorisation to access material held at that location.

No endorsement is expressed or implied by the presence of a link on this Website. The contents of a linked-to website may change without our knowledge and, as a result, links may break or may terminate on pages which were not the original targets of a link.

This Website is directed to people residing in Scotland. We do not represent that Content available on or through this Website is appropriate for use or available in other locations.

8. Acceptable use of this Website

Users, who are not registered with the Service, may only access the Content that is publicly available to them. Registered Users may only access such additional information available to them under the terms and conditions agreed to as part of their registration (Registered User Terms and Conditions).

You must only use this Website to view the material available on Scotland Innovates in accordance with the permissions granted to you and must not misuse this Website by knowingly introducing viruses, trojans, worms, logic bombs or other material, code or programs which are malicious or harmful.

You must not attempt to gain unauthorised access to, or attack, this Website, the server on which this Website is stored or any software, server, computer, network equipment or database connected to this Website. By breaching this provision, you would commit a criminal offence under the Computer Misuse Act 1990. We will report any such breach to the relevant law enforcement authorities and we will co-operate with those authorities by disclosing your identity to them. In the event of such a breach, your right to use this Website will cease immediately.

9. Warranties

The resources contained on this Website at are provided on an "as is" basis and without any warranties. This includes all files that are authorised for public or password protected download or access.

No warranty is given that files downloaded or accessed from this Website are free of computer viruses. Although files are virus-checked we cannot guarantee that files are free from computer viruses.

The operator of the Service (NHS NSS) makes no warranties, representations or undertakings about any of the Content of this Website (including without limitation, any as to the quality, accuracy, completeness or fitness for any particular purpose of such Content).

We do not accept liability for any errors or omissions in information provided on, or linked to, from this Website.

10. Governing law

These Terms of Use of this Website shall be governed by and interpreted under Scots law. Any disputes in connection with these Terms of Use will be resolved in the Scottish courts.

11. Further information relating to the use of this Website

You can use the contact details provided in the About section, under Team Contact Details to ask questions relating to the use of this Website.