Extension to RCI submission period approved

Published: 17 March 2023

An affirmative Scottish Statutory Instrument was laid by Scottish Government Ministers on 23 January 2023, proposing to extend the time period for compliance for RCI submissions by a period of 12 months.

Scottish Parliament approved the instrument (16 March 2023), meaning that offence provisions will now take effect after 1 April 2024.

Reason for the extension

Ministers listened to concerns raised by some stakeholders, and recognised the wider challenges caused by issues such as Brexit, the pandemic, and the current economic pressures.

It was concluded that extending the transitional period by 12 months will ease the burden and give those in scope of the RCI more time to prepare.

Compliance and timing of your submission

The RCI opened on 1 April 2022 and those in scope have an existing duty to register.

Ministers encourage everyone who is eligible to engage with the process as early as possible and give those in scope time to register before the new 1 April 2024 deadline.

For more information

You can read more on our Deadline Extension FAQ page.