Challenging regulatory decisions: reviews and appeals

We are committed to being as transparent, open and accessible as we can be in our work. From 1 April 2016 two new mechanisms are available to challenge our regulatory decisions.


The review process is a quick, straightforward and informal way for us to look again at a regulatory decision. We would expect reviews to be the first method of challenge to our decisions in most cases.

Read the guidance on how to request a review of a regulatory decision


The appeals process is a formal reassessment, available for certain regulatory decisions.

Read the guidance on how to request an appeal of a regulatory decision 

A panel of three people will consider each appeal. Two of the three panel members will be SHR Board members. The third member will be drawn from a pool of six external panel members and will have an advisory role. At the time of their appointment to our pool, the six external  panel members were all members of the Scottish Charity Appeal Panel (SCAP).

SCAP is a statutory panel, set up to hear appeals under certain circumstances from bodies regulated by the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR). It is well-established, independent, and has a regulatory appeals focus. Recruitment to SCAP was open and public.  These individuals will carry out this work for us in a private capacity. It is not part of their remit or role or part of SCAP. The six external panel members are:

  • Joseph Hughes
  • Gary McIlravey
  • John Walker
  • Nicholas Morris
  • Patricia Paton
  • Catriona Whitfield

We will check for any potential conflict of interest on a case by case basis and we will allocate external members to individual appeals on a rotation basis.

You can find out more about SCAP, at its website.